ONLINE PROGRAM

Warehouse421 is bringing parts of its public programs online. On this page, you can listen to past talks and new conversations, take part in tutorials, and follow along with curators and artists as they discuss exhibitions and process.

Workshops - Photo Walk: Documenting Facades

Workshops

Photo Walk: Documenting Facades

In this guided photo walk, participants will gain insights into techniques of documenting the UAE’s architectural heritage, including focusing tightly on building facades and eliminating external data such as geographic and situational context. The walk will include stops at buildings, where participants will witness a complex and precise approach to architectural documentation and learn about working with light and the best times of the day to shoot different buildings and angles. After capturing a series of raw images, participants will return to Warehouse421 for a demonstration of some post-production techniques.

14 December 2019
15:30 - 17:00

Book Readings - Khayal Series: Book Reading for Children

Book Readings

Khayal Series: Book Reading for Children

This year’s final instalment of Khayal in collaboration with Early Starters showcases two winter-themed classics of children’s literature: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and The Mitten by Jan Brett.

14 December 2019
15:00 - 17:00

Workshops - Printmaking: Lino Reduction

Workshops

Printmaking: Lino Reduction

In lino printing, reduction is the process of printing in layers using a single lino block, by cutting away parts of the block each time the print is repeated.

14 December 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Workshops - Photography Level 2

Workshops

Photography Level 2

Go full manual mode in this intermediate photography workshop conducted by Kathleen Hoare of Gulf Photo Plus.

13 December 2019
13:00 - 18:30

Talks - Tolerance and intercultural dialogue as drivers for peace

Talks

Tolerance and intercultural dialogue as drivers for peace

While tolerance and intercultural dialogue are more crucial than ever in an increasingly interconnected world, their potential value is too often underestimated.

11 December 2019
08:00 - 10:00

Talks - Publishing Maneuvers: Curators Ala Younis and Maha Maamoun in conversation with Bernhard Cella

Talks

Publishing Maneuvers: Curators Ala Younis and Maha Maamoun in conversation with Bernhard Cella

Bernhard Cella is an artist interested in the economic and sculptural framework in which artist's books can be used as an artistic material. Cella’s interest in the topic led to the conceptualisation of the Salon für Kunstbuch, a life-sized model bookshop, in his studio. Since its formation, almost 9,000 books have accumulated in a constantly re-arranged installation.

10 December 2019
17:00 - 18:00

 - How to maneuver: Shape-shifting texts and other publishing tactics

How to maneuver: Shape-shifting texts and other publishing tactics

Publishing is the act of making public. It is not restricted to specific producers, languages of production, sanctified routes of distribution, and privileged readers. This is not publishing as we have come to know it.

10 December 2019 - 16 February 2020
10:00 - 20:00

Workshops - Building Beats

Workshops

Building Beats

Introduction to Electronic Music Production and DJing

6 December 2019
13:00 - 17:30

Workshops - Sites and Surfaces

Workshops

Sites and Surfaces

This workshop aims to lend a fresh perspective to the creative process, shifting the focus from the end product towards the value of the process itself. The workshop centres on one of the main elements of the process – the material.

6 December 2019 - 7 December 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Book Readings - Khayal Series: Book reading for children

Book Readings

Khayal Series: Book reading for children

The theme of this edition of Early Starters and Warehouse421’s Khayal series, arriving just in time for National Day, is the cultural heritage of the UAE.

30 November 2019
15:00 - 17:00

Films - Art & Cinema Series: Goya

Films

Art & Cinema Series: Goya

Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, Goya – or the Hard Way to Enlightenment is a portrait of the artist Francisco Goya during his days as a court painter.

27 November 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Short Courses - Thread & Sweat - Leathercraft Workshop – Advanced Bag Making

Short Courses

Thread & Sweat - Leathercraft Workshop – Advanced Bag Making

This leather crafting course taught by Naresh Kumar, founder and creative director of a leather atelier in Dubai called 24th Street, is intensive and completely hands-on.

27 November 2019 - 30 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Diwani

Workshops

Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Diwani

This workshop will introduce participants to the history and development of Arabic calligraphy, including different styles and examples of canonical artworks through the ages.

24 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Diwani

Workshops

Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Diwani

This workshop will introduce participants to the history and development of Arabic calligraphy, including different styles and examples of canonical artworks through the ages.

23 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Ruqa'a

Workshops

Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Ruqa'a

This workshop will introduce participants to the history and development of Arabic calligraphy, including different styles and examples of canonical artworks through the ages.

17 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Paper Marbling

Workshops

Paper Marbling

In this workshop, artist Sorour Amini provides a detailed introduction to marbling, in which the characteristic swirling or stony patterns seen on marble are recreated by transferring paint floated on a viscous solution onto paper.

17 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Ruqa'a

Workshops

Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Ruqa'a

This workshop will introduce participants to the history and development of Arabic calligraphy, including different styles and examples of canonical artworks through the ages.

16 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Marquetry Art

Short Courses

Marquetry Art

This course offers a contemporary take on the traditional process marquetry, in which pieces of wood veneer of differing stains and shapes are set onto a surface to form intricate designs.

16 November 2019 - 18 December 2019
17:00 - 20:00

Workshops - Photography Level 1

Workshops

Photography Level 1

Over the course of this two-day workshop, participants will break free from Auto Mode and gain a solid understanding of the essential elements for achieving a perfect exposure. 

To book your spot, please visit the link below
https://gulfphotoplus.com/workshops/1/Photography-Level-1?si=1815

15 November 2019 - 16 November 2019
10:00 - 15:00

Films - Arabs and the City series

Films

Arabs and the City series

Hajwalah (2016)
Directed by: Rana Jarbou
Saudi Arabia
PG | Short documentary | Arabic | 20 mins 

Photocopy (2017)
Directed by: Tamer Ashry
Egypt
PG | Drama, Comedy, Fantasy | Arabic | 90 mins

13 November 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Zero Waste Table Design

Workshops

Zero Waste Table Design

Learn how to build furniture the sustainable way in this workshop, using only wood waste, offcuts, and other scrap as raw materials.

10 November 2019 - 14 November 2019
16:00 - 17:30

Special Events - Unpacking and understanding the art of critique

Special Events

Unpacking and understanding the art of critique

In this session, community members are invited to critique the Community and Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018/19 Cohort 6 show at Warehouse421. Artistic critique is a practice which requires the ability to recognize creative nuance and see patterns of imaginative initiative.

9 November 2019
16:00 - 20:00

Workshops - Photo Walk: Documenting Khalidiya

Workshops

Photo Walk: Documenting Khalidiya

Established in the 1970’s, Khalidiya Garden is one of the oldest public spaces in the city of Abu Dhabi. As a result, the park’s changing amenities, aesthetic details and patterns of use provide a unique window into the past and present of Abu Dhabi’s urban environment. This photo walk will examine the built forms that make up the park; plotting a history of design for public spaces in Abu Dhabi.

The photo walk will also consider how the design of the park influences the movement and activity that occurs within and around it, and what that reveals about Abu Dhabi’s evolving demographics, society and culture.

9 November 2019
15:00 - 18:00

Short Courses - The Fundamentals - Leather Making 'Basics of Leathercraft'

Short Courses

The Fundamentals - Leather Making 'Basics of Leathercraft'

This three-day leather crafting course is intensive and completely hands-on. From drawing patterns to hand-stitching to painting on leather, participants will get an in-depth experience of each step that goes into making a leather product.

6 November 2019 - 8 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Developing A Short Film

Short Courses

Developing A Short Film

This short course takes students through the process of developing a short film script from first to final draft.

6 November 2019 - 18 December 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Plastic Collage Making

Workshops

Plastic Collage Making

As you make the switch from plastic to paper, save your plastic shopping bags for this workshop, in  which multimedia artist Noura Ali Ramahi demonstrates how they can be recycled as art.

5 November 2019 - 6 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - The Art of Macramé

Workshops

The Art of Macramé

This workshop teaches the art of macramé, a kind of textile-making that involves knotting together chords of cotton twine, jute, or yarn.

3 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Macrame

Workshops

Macrame

This workshop teaches the art of macramé, a kind of textile-making that involves knotting together chords of cotton twine, jute, or yarn. Popular for its “bohemian” aesthetic in the 1970s, when it was used on everything from purses to door curtains, macramé work is now a familiar sight in photos on Instagram and Pinterest.

3 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

 - Structures of Impermanence

Structures of Impermanence

In this exhibition, artist and architect Talin Hazbar explores the architectural and cultural significance of water features in traditional Syrian houses.

2 November 2019 - 16 February 2020
10:00 - 20:00

 - Structures of Impermanence

Structures of Impermanence

In this exhibition, artist Talin Hazbar, focuses on the architectural and cultural significance of water features in traditional Syrian houses.

2 November 2019 - 29 December 2019
10:00 - 20:00

Short Courses - The Fundamentals - Leather Making 'Basics of Leathercraft'

Short Courses

The Fundamentals - Leather Making 'Basics of Leathercraft'

This three-day leather crafting course is intensive and completely hands-on. From drawing patterns to hand-stitching to painting on leather, participants will get an in-depth experience of each step that goes into making a leather product.

30 October 2019 - 1 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Paper Making

Short Courses

Paper Making

Most of us began our early creative endeavors by scribbling on paper, but we rarely think about where it comes from. Participants of this short course learn the science behind this medium, which is fundamental to a range of art practices from origami to calligraphy.

30 October 2019 - 14 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Book Readings - Khayal series: Book reading for children

Book Readings

Khayal series: Book reading for children

It’s never too early to start managing your finances. In this educational session, part of the ongoing series Khayal by Warehouse421 and Early Starters, children will learn the value of a dirham.

26 October 2019
15:00 - 17:00

Workshops - Printmaking: Lino Blocks

Workshops

Printmaking: Lino Blocks

The third session in this season’s printmaking workshop series introduces another lino printing technique: layering.

26 October 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Films - Art & Cinema Series: Eva Hesse

Films

Art & Cinema Series: Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse died in 1970, but her name remains synonymous with modernist art. Today the German-American sculptor’s work belongs to the permanent collections of a number of important museums such as the Whitney and MoMa in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London. 

 

23 October 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Rusting and Torching Copper

Workshops

Rusting and Torching Copper

We usually think of rust as reddish-brown, but when copper is exposed to natural elements, the layer of corrosion that forms on its surface – known as patina – is a distinctive blue-green. In this workshop, Rawda Al Ketbi and Rashed Al Falasi teach an unexpected art form – rusting.

20 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Photo Walk: Mina Zayed

Workshops

Photo Walk: Mina Zayed

This special photo walk explores Abu Dhabi’s historic Mina Zayed district, and provides advice on incorporating the distinctive lines and shadows of industrial areas into photographs, as well as capturing the liveliness of the nearby markets.

19 October 2019
15:00 - 18:00

Workshops - Printmaking: Pattern Print

Workshops

Printmaking: Pattern Print

In lino printing, reduction is the process of printing in layers using a single lino block, by cutting away parts of the block each time the print is repeated.

19 October 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Short Courses - Perfume Making

Short Courses

Perfume Making

A dash of oud, a few drops of sandalwood oil, and some rose: Learn what makes up the perfect mixture to enhance the woody scent of bakhoor or dukhoon, a type of incense, in this workshop on the art of perfume making.

19 October 2019 - 23 November 2019
11:00 - 14:00

Workshops - Introduction to Adobe Light Room

Workshops

Introduction to Adobe Light Room

Led by veteran photographer Kathleen Hoare, this workshop delves into Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe’s photo editing software – a staple in any photographer’s inventory of tools.

19 October 2019
10:00 - 15:30

Workshops - Developing a Brand

Workshops

Developing a Brand

Brands are all around us, but only a select few – such as Apple, Chanel, and Disney – become household names. It’s largely their superior branding that makes these companies stand out. This two-part workshop, taught by  graphic designer Rasha Dakkak, allows participants to witness how the brands we encounter everywhere are developed behind the scenes.

18 October 2019 - 19 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Shooting and Developing Film

Workshops

Shooting and Developing Film

In this workshop, Raz Hansrod –resident analogue photographer at Gulf Photo Plus – shares his offbeat take on the art. While preserving the integrity of analogue, the workshop introduces a twist to the process of developing film – digital aids such as developer apps and scanners in place of darkroom equipment.

18 October 2019
10:00 - 18:00

 - New Beginings

New Beginings

Hosted by Warehouse421, this exhibition aims to promote young creative talents throughout the emirate of Abu Dhabi, by giving them a platform to display their creative endeavours.

16 October 2019 - 27 October 2019
10:00 - 20:00

Films - Arabs and the City series

Films

Arabs and the City series

The Street of Death and Other Stories (2017)
Directed by: Karam Ghossein
Lebanon
PG | Short Documentary | Arabic | 22 mins      

Capernaüm (2019)
Directed by: Nadine Labaki
Lebanon
PG 15 | Drama | Arabic | 123 mins

16 October 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Black and White Collage

Workshops

Black and White Collage

This workshop is a study in the art of collage. Guided by expressionist painter Noor Bahjat, participants will experiment with acrylic painting and stillll life or landscape sketching.

15 October 2019 - 16 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Cynaotype

Workshops

Cynaotype

Originally used by architects to make blueprints, cyanotype was picked up by artists in the 20th century as a technique to create cyan-blue copies of photographs.

12 October 2019
15:30 - 18:30

Talks - Why Who Gets To Tell What Where

Talks

Why Who Gets To Tell What Where

In a time when audiences are more aware, or “woke” than ever, how does an artist navigate the tight rope between cultural appreciation and culture appropriation

12 October 2019
17:00 - 20:00

Talks - Why Who Gets To Tell What Where

Talks

Why Who Gets To Tell What Where

In a time when audiences are more aware, or “woke” than ever, how does an artist navigate the tight rope between cultural appreciation and culture appropriation?

12 October 2019
17:00 - 20:00

Short Courses - Jewellery Designing

Short Courses

Jewellery Designing

Led by jewellery designer and maker Naida Abbas, participants of this short course will learn how precious metals and stones are fashioned into earrings, pendants, and bracelets.

6 October 2019 - 24 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Theatre Course

Short Courses

Theatre Course

This theatre course welcomes everyone from aspiring actors to those who want to overcome a fear of public speaking.

1 October 2019 - 19 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Book Readings - Book Club

Book Readings

Book Club

For the first time ever, Warehouse421 presents a bimonthly book club in its program for Fall 2019. With the  aim of bringing together a community of avid readers in order to participate in discourse with regards to the thematic breakdown of various novels, participants are encouraged to read between the lines, collectively unpacking the themes of the assigned literature.

29 September 2019 - 27 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Infinite reality

Workshops

Infinite reality

Centring on the concept of imagination, this workshop is led by Edward Bakst, an award-winning animation designer and director and a former Guggenheim fellow. In each of the three sessions, participants are given assignments prompting them to exercise what Bakst calls “gravity-free and reality-independent thinking and ideation.

29 September 2019 - 13 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Printmaking:  Lino Print

Workshops

Printmaking: Lino Print

Enter the world of printmaking in this workshop, which focuses on lino printing – a form of the art in which a design is cut into a piece of linoleum, inked, and transfered onto a sheet of paper.

28 September 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Book Readings - Khayal Series: Book reading for children

Book Readings

Khayal Series: Book reading for children

The Khayal series, in collaboration with Early Starters aims to provide emerging writers with a platform to share their work and young readers with an introduction to literature. This edition of the “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters features Aya and Papaya Find Happiness by MQ, a book about the adventures of a little girl and her doll.

28 September 2019
15:00 - 17:00

Films - Art & Cinema Series: Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery

Films

Art & Cinema Series: Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery

The name of German painter and art historian Wolfgang Beltracchi became at once infamous and sacred in the art world when his forgery scheme, the biggest of the postwar era, came to light. In partnership with Goethe-Institut, Warehouse421 is pleased to show a screening of Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery, a documentary directed by Arne Birkenstock that reenacts how the scandal played out.

25 September 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Short Courses - Pattern Making

Short Courses

Pattern Making

What’s the key to designing a dress with the perfect fit? As participants of this workshop will learn, the answer lies in skilled patternmaking. The key to patternmaking, in turn, is understanding the relationship between pattern, body, and garment.

24 September 2019 - 13 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Lost and Unfound: Artmaking and The Tentative Sculpture

Workshops

Lost and Unfound: Artmaking and The Tentative Sculpture

Conducted by artists Christopher Benton and Sultan Khamiz, this workshop demonstrates how to transform everyday junk materials into upcycled works of art. 

22 September 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Introduction to Arabic calligraphy

Short Courses

Introduction to Arabic calligraphy

Participants of this short course will learn to recreate an art form that dates back to the seventh century – Arabic calligraphy. Led by Majid Alyousef and Wissam Shawkat, the workshop covers a range of calligraphy styles.

21 September 2019 - 29 September 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Photography Level 1

Workshops

Photography Level 1

Warehouse421 in collaboration with Gulf Photo Plus presents a workshop led by Laura Huntley that explores the possibilities of photography beyond Auto mode.

20 September 2019 - 21 September 2019
10:00 - 15:00

Short Courses - Palestinian Embroidery

Short Courses

Palestinian Embroidery

This six-part course, led by Palestinian artist Joanna Barakat, centers on the art of tatreez – a form of embroidery originating in Palestine.

17 September 2019 - 20 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

 - Hollowed

Hollowed

In Maitha Abdalla’s first solo presentation at Warehouse421, “Hollowed,” the artist investigates the concept of “hollowness”as a place or a feeling of emptiness that is devoid of any real worth or value.

14 September 2019 - 13 October 2019
10:00 - 20:00

Talks - Community & Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018/19 Cohort 6 show

Talks

Community & Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018/19 Cohort 6 show

As part of the Community & Critique: SEAF 2018/19 Cohort 6 show, Warehouse421 is hosting a panel discussion featuring artists from the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF), followed by an open critique of their work.

14 September 2019
17:30 - 18:30

 - Community & Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018/19 Cohort 6 show

Community & Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018/19 Cohort 6 show

This exhibition represents a culmination of a year-long engagement in the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists program (SEAF).

14 September 2019 - 24 November 2019
10:00 - 20:00

Workshops - Zero Waste Table Design

Workshops

Zero Waste Table Design

Learn how to build furniture the sustainable way in this workshop, using only wood waste, offcuts, and other scrap as raw materials.

10 September 2019 - 10 October 2019
17:30 - 20:00

Workshops - Zero Waste Table Design

Workshops

Zero Waste Table Design

30 August 2019 - 30 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Screen Time: Screen Printing On Paper and Fabric

Workshops

Screen Time: Screen Printing On Paper and Fabric

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn practical screen printing techniques for use on both paper and fabric.

The step-by-step process consists of a facilitated drawing session to generate images for screen printing, the introduction of stencils to create collages, screen treatment and the application of images, and finally, screen printing designs onto the desired surface.

20 July 2019
11:00 - 17:00

Workshops - A Cross-Stitch In Time: Introduction to Tatreez

Workshops

A Cross-Stitch In Time: Introduction to Tatreez

This workshop will introduce its participants to the art of Palestinian embroidery known as “tatreez”. During the session, artist Joanna Barakat will explain the historical and cultural context of “tatreez”, including its connection to various regions of Palestine, before discussing how it changed in form and meaning after 1948. 

16 July 2019 - 17 July 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Hide and Seek: Working with Leather

Workshops

Hide and Seek: Working with Leather

Led by leather specialist, Naresh Kumar of 24th Street in Dubai, this three-day workshop provides an immersion into working with leather, covering modes of leather, tanning, tempers, stitching and more. Each participant will emerge with three bespoke leather items such as a passport wallet, tray and cardholder. All materials will be provided.

11 July 2019 - 13 July 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - In the Bag: Making Totes

Workshops

In the Bag: Making Totes

Participants in this light-hearted workshop will be guided to design, cut and produce their own tote bag, and decorate it with a print or illustration of their own creation.

9 July 2019 - 10 July 2019
17:30 - 19:30

Workshops - Perfume Making: Intermediate Level Workshop

Workshops

Perfume Making: Intermediate Level Workshop

Participants in this intermediate level workshop will receive guided instruction on how to make the burned incense known as “Dukhoon”.

7 July 2019
18:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Paper Trail: Hand-Made Papermaking

Workshops

Paper Trail: Hand-Made Papermaking

This workshop offers a creative way to reuse, reinvent and recycle paper scraps, turning them into handmade paper. Participants will learn the ancient art of papermaking using an ordinary kitchen blender, deckle and molds, and junk paper. These materials will be used to explore the basic techniques of pulp production, forming, couching and air-drying to produce beautiful handmade papers that can be used for cards, scrapbooking, printmaking, drawing, painting, bookmaking, and more.

6 July 2019
17:30 - 19:30

Workshops - Swirl: Introduction to Paper Marbling

Workshops

Swirl: Introduction to Paper Marbling

This workshop provides a detailed introduction to paper marbling, which is a form of surface design that produces patterns similar to smooth marble or stone. Beginning with a brief overview of different types of marbling techniques from around the world, participants will then learn how to put some of these basic techniques into practice, including preparing paper for marbling and using marble paint to create a unique pattern.

3 July 2019
17:30 - 19:30

Workshops - Knot So Fast: Introduction to Macramé

Workshops

Knot So Fast: Introduction to Macramé

Ancient in origin and retro in style, Macramé plant hangers change the vibe of any space with a bit of handmade flair.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the traditional art of macramé, which involves using knots to create beautiful items. After learning just three basic knots, participants will then have the opportunity to create their own attractive plant hanger.

2 July 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Perfume Making: Beginner Level Workshop

Workshops

Perfume Making: Beginner Level Workshop

Perfume making has a long history in the region and is a living art in the United Arab Emirates. In this workshop, participants will learn to create various forms of perfumes based on old family recipes. While discussing the ingredients and the alchemy of scents, the instructor will also evoke the cultural memories that the fragrances inspire. Each participant will emerge from the session with a scent of their making.

30 June 2019
18:30 - 21:30

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Book Readings

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

This month marks the final installment of the “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters will showcase the new book by UAE-based author, Christiana Gonzales, named “Toby and the Falcon.” 

29 June 2019
15:30 - 17:30

Workshops - All Mixed Up: Mixed Media Portraiture

Workshops

All Mixed Up: Mixed Media Portraiture

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to paint a creative composition using mixed media, rather than just acrylic or oil. 

25 June 2019 - 26 June 2019
17:30 - 20:00

Workshops - The Art of Lettering with Ancient Arabian Scripts

Workshops

The Art of Lettering with Ancient Arabian Scripts

This workshop will involve hands-on drawing and experimentation with various styles and writing techniques. It will introduce participants to the expressive possibilities of lettering using ancient Arabian scripts, thus linking ancient letterforms to contemporary design.

22 June 2019
14:30 - 18:30

Talks - Relevant Graphic Design: Communicating Regional and Cultural Narratives

Talks

Relevant Graphic Design: Communicating Regional and Cultural Narratives

Graphic design is a ubiquitous and en ever-evolving practice that touches every aspect of contemporary life. It is an approach and a way of thinking, and shapes messages and narratives — graphic design is a discipline that is capable of altering and shaping our world.

22 June 2019
17:00 - 18:30

Talks - The UAE: 10,000 Years of Adaptation, Technology and Social Cohesion.

Talks

The UAE: 10,000 Years of Adaptation, Technology and Social Cohesion.

This discussion will explore the archaeology of the UAE from the Neolithic period, beginning around 10,000 years ago.

22 June 2019
12:00 - 13:30

Workshops - Palmyrene Clay Structures

Workshops

Palmyrene Clay Structures

Participants in this workshop will create clay sculptures inspired by the Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts exhibition.

22 June 2019
11:00 - 14:00

Workshops - Letters in the Third Dimension

Workshops

Letters in the Third Dimension

This two-day workshop is an invitation to break out of the two-dimensional space of lettering and explore the use of three-dimensional typography to expand communication.

21 June 2019 - 22 June 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Workshops - Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy

Workshops

Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy

This workshop will introduce participants to the history and practice of Arabic calligraphy through a combination of presentations and practical exercises.

21 June 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Workshops - Drawing from Photographs: Graphite, Charcoal with Glazes

Workshops

Drawing from Photographs: Graphite, Charcoal with Glazes

Participants in this all-day workshop, hosted in partnership with Lest We Forget, will refine their ability to create evocative drawings inspired by photographs.

15 June 2019
10:00 - 17:00

Talks - Encounters through family photographs

Talks

Encounters through family photographs

Family photographs express interest in, and affection for, the people, places, activities and moments that are most close and dear.

12 June 2019
17:30 - 18:30

 - Lest We Forget: The Universality of Family Photographs

Lest We Forget: The Universality of Family Photographs

Family photographs express interest in, and affection for, the people, places, activities and moments that are most close and dear. Coinciding with the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, this exhibition and companion book explore universalities inherent in portraits of ourselves, taken by ourselves and for ourselves.

12 June 2019 - 28 July 2019

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Book Readings

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

This month’s installment of the “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters will explore the themes of ideas and imagination.

25 May 2019
12:00 - 15:00

Workshops - A Celebration of Failure

Workshops

A Celebration of Failure

Embracing our failures encourages others to share stories of their own humiliation, enabling growth, both together and as individuals.

24 May 2019
21:00 - 23:00

Films - Al Rabia: Film and Suhoor

Films

Al Rabia: Film and Suhoor

This month’s films – screened in partnership with Cinema Akil – have been hand-picked by the visual artist, Shaikha Al Ketbi.

18 May 2019
21:00 - 23:00

Workshops - Hands-On Henna

Workshops

Hands-On Henna

Participants in this hands-on workshop, led by the chiropractor, designer and henna artist, Azra Khamissa, will learn about the history and benefits of henna, before being taught a couple of practical henna art techniques.

16 May 2019
21:00 - 22:00

Workshops - Drawing Through Recollection

Workshops

Drawing Through Recollection

Participants in this instructional workshop will experience a step-by-step demonstration of how the visual artist, Shaikha Al Ketbi, constructs her paintings and images.

12 May 2019
21:00 - 23:00

Films - Al Rabia: Film and Suhoor

Films

Al Rabia: Film and Suhoor

This month’s films – screened in partnership with Cinema Akil – have been hand-picked by the visual artist, Shaikha Al Ketbi.

11 May 2019
21:00 - 23:00

Short Courses - Gravity Free & Reality Independent

Short Courses

Gravity Free & Reality Independent

Participants in this inventive 3-part workshop series will be encouraged to explore – and expand – their own creative boundaries.

8 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
21:00 - 23:00

Short Courses - Theatre Course: Character Study

Short Courses

Theatre Course: Character Study

Participants in this foundational course will learn a range of useful skills for developing and portraying fictional characters. Over the duration of the 4-month course [which commenced in February 2019], participants engage in stimulated theatre exercises, play readings and practice short scenes from a selection of works.

7 May 2019 - 8 May 2019
18:00 - 20:00

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Book Readings

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

This month’s installment of the “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters features the local author and illustrator, Maitha Al Khayat, for a live reading, discussion and a series of activities inspired by her imaginative stories.

27 April 2019
15:00 - 17:00

Workshops - Letters of Light

Workshops

Letters of Light

Children aged 7-10 years in this interactive workshop will create their own wall-mounted light installations by bending and shaping glow sticks into luminescent phrases using Phoenician letter forms.

27 April 2019
11:00 - 12:00

Talks - Artificial Intelligence and the Human Factor

Talks

Artificial Intelligence and the Human Factor

This talk, organized in partnership with Thinkers & Doers and the French Institute in the United Arab Emirates, will consider the human factor in the technological transformations that are radically transforming our world and ask how artificial intelligence can be used to serve social progress and contribute to building better societies, focused on both prosperity and wellbeing.

25 April 2019
08:30 - 10:00

Films - YA OMRI (104 WRINKLES)

Films

YA OMRI (104 WRINKLES)

In this exploration of ageing, memory and life, Hady follows his grandmother Henriette as she crosses the centenarian milestone to reach 104 years of age. He witnesses the transformation of her memory, her emigration from Lebanon to Brazil, and uncovers stories of love, children and suspended time.

17 April 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Films - GRANDMA’S BEAUTY

Films

GRANDMA’S BEAUTY

Before there was L’Oreal, there was kohl.

17 April 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Ancient Muses

Workshops

Ancient Muses

Participants in this two-part ceramics workshop will explore a range of forms inspired by ancient archaeology, architecture and mythology.

13 April 2019 - 20 April 2019
10:00 - 13:00

Short Courses - EduDocs

Short Courses

EduDocs

Presented by Cinema Akil and Warehouse421, EduDocs: An Introduction to Documentary Styles, Themes & Genres, is a comprehensive short course led by Yazan Al Ghazzawi, an award-winning writer and director, and the Head of Film at SAE Institute Dubai.

10 April 2019 - 1 May 2019
18:00 - 19:00

Short Courses - Introduction to Jewelry Design – Course C

Short Courses

Introduction to Jewelry Design – Course C

Participants in this four-part intermediate course will learn to take their jewelry-making to the next level using the sawing, piercing and wire-wrapping techniques covered in the two beginner-level courses [Course A and Course B] offered in previous months.

7 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
17:30 - 20:00

 - Al Rabi’a

Al Rabi’a

Al Rabi’a is an experimental, process-led space by visual artist, Shaikha Al Ketbi.    

2 April 2019 - 2 June 2019

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Book Readings

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

The “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters, which brings children’s books to life in imaginative ways, is marking Abu Dhabi’s “Month of Reading” – with a combination of engaging readings, crafts, interactive games and more. Featuring  Readings from some favorites such as Dr.Seuss, Shel Silverstein, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and many more. Join us to celebrate our favorite children's books of all time! 

30 March 2019
16:00 - 18:00

Films - HERSTORY: FILM & THE ARAB WOMAN

Films

HERSTORY: FILM & THE ARAB WOMAN

Warehouse421 joins forces with Cinema Akil to present a new season of film in Abu Dhabi dedicated exclusively to contemporary films made by, or about, Arab women. This extensive series will run until April 2019. This month features the films Mamsous and Cactus Flower.

27 March 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Talismanic Textiles

Workshops

Talismanic Textiles

Participants in this hands-on workshop will bring plain textiles to life with colorful designs and patterns inspired by talismanic symbols.  Taking inspiration from the Nomadic Traces exhibition, and the original artwork, ‘If Speech Is Silver…’ by Khalid Mezaina, participants will create stamps out of their designed motifs, which will then be used for printing repeat patterns onto plain textile surfaces.

26 March 2019
17:30 - 19:30

Workshops - Photography Level 2

Workshops

Photography Level 2

This workshop is designed to take intermediate photographers from shooting in semi-manual modes to full manual mode, allowing them to infuse more creativity into their photography. Participants will enhance their understanding of how to work with light and movement through theoretical lessons and practical exercises. Techniques covered include the use of High Dynamic Range [HDR], panning, light painting, metering, flash, histograms, long exposures and advanced composition.  By the end of the course, participants will have the necessary foundations to confidently delve into more advanced genres of photography, such as portraiture, travel, family, food, and wedding photography.

22 March 2019 - 23 March 2019
15:00 - 19:00

 - Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts

Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts

Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts explores the role that scripts have played in defining and preserving the cultural identity of past and present civilizations, and on the migrational and transformative nature of writing, and its ability to freely cross borders and cultures. The exhibition focuses on the development of some of the key Abjads (consonantal alphabets) of the Middle East. It poetically links the past with the present, revealing the wealth of the region through its many scripts, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Musnad, Palmyrene, Nabatean, and early Arabic (Jazm). 

16 March 2019 - 28 July 2019

Short Courses - EduDocs

Short Courses

EduDocs

Presented by Warehouse421 in partnership with Cinema Akil, EduDocs: An Introduction to Documentary Styles, Themes & Genres, is a comprehensive short course led by Yazan Al Ghazzawi, an award-winning writer and director, and the Head of Film at SAE Institute Dubai. 

13 March 2019 - 20 March 2019
18:00 - 21:00

Short Courses - Theatre Course: Character Study

Short Courses

Theatre Course: Character Study

Participants in this foundational course will learn a range of useful skills for developing a fictional character.

Over the duration of the 4-month course [which already commenced in February 2019], participants will engage in stimulated theatre exercises, play readings and practicing short scenes from a selection of works.

12 March 2019 - 13 March 2019
18:00 - 20:00

Workshops - Painting Urban Landscapes

Workshops

Painting Urban Landscapes

We often overlook urban spaces in search of nature, but what happens when we try to paint the combination of the two, taking inspiration from the Impressionist’s approach to depicting what’s around us. The workshop puts emphasis on methodology and interpretation of urban cityscapes, using drawing and colour to engage our imagination.

11 March 2019 - 13 March 2019
18:00 - 21:00

Workshops - Photography Level 1

Workshops

Photography Level 1

Over the course of this two-day workshop, participants will break free from Auto Mode and gain a solid understanding of the essential elements for achieving a perfect exposure: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. They will also explore the creative side of photography with a focus on the traditional rules of composition, as well as how to break them. By the end of the workshop, each participant should be able to confidently craft and shoot photos in semi-manual modes.

8 March 2019 - 9 March 2019
15:00 - 19:00

Short Courses - Introduction to Jewelry Design - Course B

Short Courses

Introduction to Jewelry Design - Course B

Participants in this four-part course will learn to create fun, easy and classic wire-wrap jewelry pieces, including earrings, rings and pendants. Techniques covered include creating smooth, consistent spiral shapes and loops, wrapping beads into frames, and fabricating, assembling and finishing various jewelry pieces from scratch using brass, silver and natural stone beads. The course is designed for beginners and therefore includes detailed instructions.  For those that have never picked up wire and pliers before, this is a good place to start!

3 March 2019 - 24 March 2019
17:30 - 20:00

Workshops - Revelation of Character

Workshops

Revelation of Character

Warehouse 421, and our visiting in-house resident artist Jerry B. Martin, invites you to a three-day conceptual workshop in which the artist requires your collaboration for the production of a multidisciplinary artwork that explores the boundaries between language, cinema and the self.

1 March 2019 - 3 March 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Films - Herstory: Film & The Arab Woman

Films

Herstory: Film & The Arab Woman

Warehouse421 joins forces with Cinema Akil to present a new season of film in Abu Dhabi dedicated exclusively to contemporary films made by, or about, Arab women. This extensive series will run until April 2019. This month features the films Black Mamba and The Journey.

27 February 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Book Readings

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

This session – the first of a series on tolerance – will include an introduction to tolerance in its many forms, including respecting the differences of others, before turning its attention to the role of the UAE as a model for tolerance. Participants will take part in a wide range of activities related to tolerance and diversity, including a book reading, ‘Flags of the World’ bingo, and completing an art project – that illustrates the benefits of blending and working with others.   

23 February 2019
16:00 - 18:00

Talks - Culture and diversity: At the heart of a new identity in the cities

Talks

Culture and diversity: At the heart of a new identity in the cities

At this talk, three leading cultural figures from the Arab world will consider the influence of culture on the history and future of their respective cities. Ultimately, they will seek to answer one question: How can culture contribute to the building of a new urban identity?

21 February 2019
09:00 - 10:00

Short Courses - Theatre Course: Character Study

Short Courses

Theatre Course: Character Study

Character Study is a foundational course designed for students of all levels of experience to learn a range of useful skills for developing fictional characters. Over the duration of the 4-month course [featuring two face-to-face sessions per month from February to May 2019], students will engage in theatre exercises, play readings and the practicing of short scenes from a selection of works.

19 February 2019 - 20 February 2019
18:00 - 20:00

Talks - Here In Spirit: Genius Loci

Talks

Here In Spirit: Genius Loci

The places where we work, live and play have a spirit. The ancients called this pervading spirit the “genius loci.” More recently, with humankind’s perpetual search for meaning in the built environment, the phrase has come to be understood as the sum of all physical as well as symbolic values in nature and the human environment that give a place its distinctive character.

16 February 2019
18:00 - 19:30

Workshops - Photography Level 1

Workshops

Photography Level 1

Over the course of this two-day workshop, participants will break free from Auto Mode and gain a solid understanding of the essential elements for achieving a perfect exposure: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. They will also explore the creative side of photography with a focus on the traditional rules of composition, as well as how to break them. By the end of the workshop, each participant should be able to confidently craft and shoot photos in semi-manual modes.

15 February 2019 - 16 February 2019
15:00 - 19:00

Workshops - Palestinian Embroidery

Workshops

Palestinian Embroidery

This workshop will introduce its participants to Tatreez, a traditional form of Palestinian embroidery. During the session, Joanna Barakat will discuss the history and cultural context of Palestinian embroidery from various regions in Palestine prior to 1948 and how it has changed in both form and meaning since then.

11 February 2019 - 13 February 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Palestinian Embroidery

Workshops

Palestinian Embroidery

This workshop will introduce its participants to Tatreez, a traditional form of Palestinian embroidery. During the session, Joanna Barakat will discuss the history and cultural context of Palestinian embroidery from various regions in Palestine prior to 1948 and how it has changed in both form and meaning since then.

11 February 2019 - 13 February 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Introduction to Jewelry Design – Course A

Short Courses

Introduction to Jewelry Design – Course A

Participants in this four-part short course will receive a practical introduction to designing and making contemporary jewelry, with a particular focus on working with brass and silver. Participants will have the opportunity to work creatively from original drawings, develop their jewelry making skills, and explore contemporary forms in metal.  Technical processes covered in the course include piercing and sawing an intricate design into a backplate using a jeweler’s saw with a very fine blade, fabricating a pendant or earring from scratch, using brass and silver plates and sawed pieces to assemble flexible jewelry, and conducting finishing and polishing.

3 February 2019 - 24 February 2019
17:30 - 20:00

Workshops - Sites and Surfaces

Workshops

Sites and Surfaces

Participants in this interactive workshop will consider a mix of natural and industrial materials – including some in between – and focus on their material properties, including translucency, fragility, adaptation, resistance, opaqueness and impermanence.

1 February 2019 - 2 February 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Workshops - 8 FOLD ZINE

Workshops

8 FOLD ZINE

Participants in this practical workshop will learn the basics of making zines – short for ‘magazine’ or ‘fanzine’ – in order to better express and publish their own works in magazine form.

29 January 2019
19:00 - 21:00

Workshops - Artistic Road trip to Quoz Arts Fest 2019

Workshops

Artistic Road trip to Quoz Arts Fest 2019

Warehouse421 is delighted to take you on a road trip to Alserkal Avenue in Dubai for the Quoz Arts Fest 2019, a celebration of art and culture, under the theme 'CTRL+ALT+ACTION'.

The two-day event is free and open to the whole family, including pets, with parent and kid-friendly activities including performances, workshops, tours, film screenings, food concepts, and live music.

26 January 2019
11:00 - 18:30

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Book Readings

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

This event is the first in a new series that will now take place at Warehouse421 on the final Saturday of every month.  Delivered in collaboration with Early Starters, these sessions will seek to bring books to life for children through dynamic readings and activities designed to explore the themes of each chosen book.     

26 January 2019
17:00 - 19:00

Films - NAILA AND THE UPRISING (2017)

Films

NAILA AND THE UPRISING (2017)

When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in 1987, a woman in Gaza – Naila Ayesh – must make a choice between love, family and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time.

23 January 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Films - GAZA BY HER (2017)

Films

GAZA BY HER (2017)

A short documentary tribute to all of the women in Gaza, told through the stories of four women who are trying to leave an imprint of change, love, and success, despite all of the difficulties they face.  The film focuses on the lives of a singer, a fashion designer, an activist and a mother, who each share a hope for a better future.   

23 January 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Material Casting 19-1-19

Workshops

Material Casting 19-1-19

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how materials found in the UAE’s natural environment, including humble grains of sand, can be transformed into myriad three-dimensional objects.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

19 January 2019
10:30 - 12:30

Workshops - The Art of Papermaking 19-1-19

Workshops

The Art of Papermaking 19-1-19

This workshop provides a creative way to reuse, reinvent and recycle paper scraps into your own handmade paper. Participants will learn the ancient art of papermaking using an ordinary kitchen blender, deckle and molds, and junk paper.  These materials will be used to demonstrate the basic techniques of pulp production, forming, couching and air-drying to produce beautiful handmade papers that can be used for cards, scrapbooking, printmaking, drawing, painting, bookmaking, and more.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

19 January 2019
13:30 - 16:00

Workshops - The Art of re(Creation) 19-1-19

Workshops

The Art of re(Creation) 19-1-19

Participants in this workshop will receive an introduction to the art of upcycled sculpture before working together to repurpose plastic waste products into a one-of-a-kind piece of upcycled art.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

19 January 2019
16:00 - 18:00

Workshops - Material Casting 18-1-19

Workshops

Material Casting 18-1-19

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how materials found in the UAE’s natural environment, including humble grains of sand, can be transformed into myriad three-dimensional objects.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

18 January 2019
16:00 - 18:00

Workshops - The Art of Papermaking 18-1-19

Workshops

The Art of Papermaking 18-1-19

This workshop provides a creative way to reuse, reinvent and recycle paper scraps into your own handmade paper. Participants will learn the ancient art of papermaking using an ordinary kitchen blender, deckle and molds, and junk paper.  These materials will be used to demonstrate the basic techniques of pulp production, forming, couching and air-drying to produce beautiful handmade papers that can be used for cards, scrapbooking, printmaking, drawing, painting, bookmaking, and more.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

18 January 2019
10:30 - 13:00

Workshops - THE ART OF RE(CREATION) 18-1-19

Workshops

THE ART OF RE(CREATION) 18-1-19

Participants in this workshop will receive an introduction to the art of upcycled sculpture before working together to repurpose plastic waste products into a one-of-a-kind piece of upcycled art.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

18 January 2019
13:30 - 15:30

Films - THE HUMAN SCALE

Films

THE HUMAN SCALE

The Human Scale questions our assumptions about modern cities, exploring what happens when we put people into the centre of our equations.  For 40 years, the Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities. His starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings – in what he called Life Between Buildings. His ideas have since inspired the creation of walking streets, the building and improvements of bike paths and the reorganization of parks, squares and other public spaces throughout many cities in the Nordic region and around the world. 

16 January 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Short Courses - Modern Arabic Calligraphy

Short Courses

Modern Arabic Calligraphy

Participants in this short course will learn the basics of Arabic calligraphy.  Working with ink on paper, participants will be encouraged to experiment with the Arabic alphabet, utilizing a combination of arcs, lines and curves.

9 January 2019 - 11 January 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Phototecture

Workshops

Phototecture

In conjunction with the exhibition Architecture of Loneliness, featured artist and architectural photographer, Mohamed Somji, will lead a group of participants on an intimate journey through the Mina Zayed district, offering insights of photography that studies the intersection of architecture and fine art.

4 January 2019
15:30 - 17:30

Workshops - Photo Walk: Documenting Facades

Photo Walk: Documenting Facades

In this guided photo walk, participants will gain insights into techniques of documenting the UAE’s architectural heritage, including focusing tightly on building facades and eliminating external data such as geographic and situational context. The walk will include stops at buildings, where participants will witness a complex and precise approach to architectural documentation and learn about working with light and the best times of the day to shoot different buildings and angles. After capturing a series of raw images, participants will return to Warehouse421 for a demonstration of some post-production techniques.

14 December 2019
15:30 - 17:00

Book Readings - Khayal Series: Book Reading for Children

Khayal Series: Book Reading for Children

This year’s final instalment of Khayal in collaboration with Early Starters showcases two winter-themed classics of children’s literature: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and The Mitten by Jan Brett.

14 December 2019
15:00 - 17:00

Workshops - Printmaking: Lino Reduction

Printmaking: Lino Reduction

In lino printing, reduction is the process of printing in layers using a single lino block, by cutting away parts of the block each time the print is repeated.

14 December 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Workshops - Photography Level 2

Photography Level 2

Go full manual mode in this intermediate photography workshop conducted by Kathleen Hoare of Gulf Photo Plus.

13 December 2019
13:00 - 18:30

Talks - Tolerance and intercultural dialogue as drivers for peace

Tolerance and intercultural dialogue as drivers for peace

While tolerance and intercultural dialogue are more crucial than ever in an increasingly interconnected world, their potential value is too often underestimated.

11 December 2019
08:00 - 10:00

Talks - Publishing Maneuvers: Curators Ala Younis and Maha Maamoun in conversation with Bernhard Cella

Publishing Maneuvers: Curators Ala Younis and Maha Maamoun in conversation with Bernhard Cella

Bernhard Cella is an artist interested in the economic and sculptural framework in which artist's books can be used as an artistic material. Cella’s interest in the topic led to the conceptualisation of the Salon für Kunstbuch, a life-sized model bookshop, in his studio. Since its formation, almost 9,000 books have accumulated in a constantly re-arranged installation.

10 December 2019
17:00 - 18:00

 - How to maneuver: Shape-shifting texts and other publishing tactics

How to maneuver: Shape-shifting texts and other publishing tactics

Publishing is the act of making public. It is not restricted to specific producers, languages of production, sanctified routes of distribution, and privileged readers. This is not publishing as we have come to know it.

10 December 2019 - 16 February 2020
10:00 - 20:00

Workshops - Building Beats

Building Beats

Introduction to Electronic Music Production and DJing

6 December 2019
13:00 - 17:30

Workshops - Sites and Surfaces

Sites and Surfaces

This workshop aims to lend a fresh perspective to the creative process, shifting the focus from the end product towards the value of the process itself. The workshop centres on one of the main elements of the process – the material.

6 December 2019 - 7 December 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Book Readings - Khayal Series: Book reading for children

Khayal Series: Book reading for children

The theme of this edition of Early Starters and Warehouse421’s Khayal series, arriving just in time for National Day, is the cultural heritage of the UAE.

30 November 2019
15:00 - 17:00

Films - Art & Cinema Series: Goya

Art & Cinema Series: Goya

Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, Goya – or the Hard Way to Enlightenment is a portrait of the artist Francisco Goya during his days as a court painter.

27 November 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Short Courses - Thread & Sweat - Leathercraft Workshop – Advanced Bag Making

Thread & Sweat - Leathercraft Workshop – Advanced Bag Making

This leather crafting course taught by Naresh Kumar, founder and creative director of a leather atelier in Dubai called 24th Street, is intensive and completely hands-on.

27 November 2019 - 30 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Diwani

Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Diwani

This workshop will introduce participants to the history and development of Arabic calligraphy, including different styles and examples of canonical artworks through the ages.

24 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Diwani

Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Diwani

This workshop will introduce participants to the history and development of Arabic calligraphy, including different styles and examples of canonical artworks through the ages.

23 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Ruqa'a

Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Ruqa'a

This workshop will introduce participants to the history and development of Arabic calligraphy, including different styles and examples of canonical artworks through the ages.

17 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Paper Marbling

Paper Marbling

In this workshop, artist Sorour Amini provides a detailed introduction to marbling, in which the characteristic swirling or stony patterns seen on marble are recreated by transferring paint floated on a viscous solution onto paper.

17 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Ruqa'a

Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Ruqa'a

This workshop will introduce participants to the history and development of Arabic calligraphy, including different styles and examples of canonical artworks through the ages.

16 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Marquetry Art

Marquetry Art

This course offers a contemporary take on the traditional process marquetry, in which pieces of wood veneer of differing stains and shapes are set onto a surface to form intricate designs.

16 November 2019 - 18 December 2019
17:00 - 20:00

Workshops - Photography Level 1

Photography Level 1

Over the course of this two-day workshop, participants will break free from Auto Mode and gain a solid understanding of the essential elements for achieving a perfect exposure. 

To book your spot, please visit the link below
https://gulfphotoplus.com/workshops/1/Photography-Level-1?si=1815

15 November 2019 - 16 November 2019
10:00 - 15:00

Films - Arabs and the City series

Arabs and the City series

Hajwalah (2016)
Directed by: Rana Jarbou
Saudi Arabia
PG | Short documentary | Arabic | 20 mins 

Photocopy (2017)
Directed by: Tamer Ashry
Egypt
PG | Drama, Comedy, Fantasy | Arabic | 90 mins

13 November 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Zero Waste Table Design

Zero Waste Table Design

Learn how to build furniture the sustainable way in this workshop, using only wood waste, offcuts, and other scrap as raw materials.

10 November 2019 - 14 November 2019
16:00 - 17:30

Special Events - Unpacking and understanding the art of critique

Unpacking and understanding the art of critique

In this session, community members are invited to critique the Community and Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018/19 Cohort 6 show at Warehouse421. Artistic critique is a practice which requires the ability to recognize creative nuance and see patterns of imaginative initiative.

9 November 2019
16:00 - 20:00

Workshops - Photo Walk: Documenting Khalidiya

Photo Walk: Documenting Khalidiya

Established in the 1970’s, Khalidiya Garden is one of the oldest public spaces in the city of Abu Dhabi. As a result, the park’s changing amenities, aesthetic details and patterns of use provide a unique window into the past and present of Abu Dhabi’s urban environment. This photo walk will examine the built forms that make up the park; plotting a history of design for public spaces in Abu Dhabi.

The photo walk will also consider how the design of the park influences the movement and activity that occurs within and around it, and what that reveals about Abu Dhabi’s evolving demographics, society and culture.

9 November 2019
15:00 - 18:00

Short Courses - The Fundamentals - Leather Making 'Basics of Leathercraft'

The Fundamentals - Leather Making 'Basics of Leathercraft'

This three-day leather crafting course is intensive and completely hands-on. From drawing patterns to hand-stitching to painting on leather, participants will get an in-depth experience of each step that goes into making a leather product.

6 November 2019 - 8 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Developing A Short Film

Developing A Short Film

This short course takes students through the process of developing a short film script from first to final draft.

6 November 2019 - 18 December 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Plastic Collage Making

Plastic Collage Making

As you make the switch from plastic to paper, save your plastic shopping bags for this workshop, in  which multimedia artist Noura Ali Ramahi demonstrates how they can be recycled as art.

5 November 2019 - 6 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - The Art of Macramé

The Art of Macramé

This workshop teaches the art of macramé, a kind of textile-making that involves knotting together chords of cotton twine, jute, or yarn.

3 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Macrame

Macrame

This workshop teaches the art of macramé, a kind of textile-making that involves knotting together chords of cotton twine, jute, or yarn. Popular for its “bohemian” aesthetic in the 1970s, when it was used on everything from purses to door curtains, macramé work is now a familiar sight in photos on Instagram and Pinterest.

3 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

 - Structures of Impermanence

Structures of Impermanence

In this exhibition, artist and architect Talin Hazbar explores the architectural and cultural significance of water features in traditional Syrian houses.

2 November 2019 - 16 February 2020
10:00 - 20:00

 - Structures of Impermanence

Structures of Impermanence

In this exhibition, artist Talin Hazbar, focuses on the architectural and cultural significance of water features in traditional Syrian houses.

2 November 2019 - 29 December 2019
10:00 - 20:00

Short Courses - The Fundamentals - Leather Making 'Basics of Leathercraft'

The Fundamentals - Leather Making 'Basics of Leathercraft'

This three-day leather crafting course is intensive and completely hands-on. From drawing patterns to hand-stitching to painting on leather, participants will get an in-depth experience of each step that goes into making a leather product.

30 October 2019 - 1 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Paper Making

Paper Making

Most of us began our early creative endeavors by scribbling on paper, but we rarely think about where it comes from. Participants of this short course learn the science behind this medium, which is fundamental to a range of art practices from origami to calligraphy.

30 October 2019 - 14 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Book Readings - Khayal series: Book reading for children

Khayal series: Book reading for children

It’s never too early to start managing your finances. In this educational session, part of the ongoing series Khayal by Warehouse421 and Early Starters, children will learn the value of a dirham.

26 October 2019
15:00 - 17:00

Workshops - Printmaking: Lino Blocks

Printmaking: Lino Blocks

The third session in this season’s printmaking workshop series introduces another lino printing technique: layering.

26 October 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Films - Art & Cinema Series: Eva Hesse

Art & Cinema Series: Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse died in 1970, but her name remains synonymous with modernist art. Today the German-American sculptor’s work belongs to the permanent collections of a number of important museums such as the Whitney and MoMa in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London. 

 

23 October 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Rusting and Torching Copper

Rusting and Torching Copper

We usually think of rust as reddish-brown, but when copper is exposed to natural elements, the layer of corrosion that forms on its surface – known as patina – is a distinctive blue-green. In this workshop, Rawda Al Ketbi and Rashed Al Falasi teach an unexpected art form – rusting.

20 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Photo Walk: Mina Zayed

Photo Walk: Mina Zayed

This special photo walk explores Abu Dhabi’s historic Mina Zayed district, and provides advice on incorporating the distinctive lines and shadows of industrial areas into photographs, as well as capturing the liveliness of the nearby markets.

19 October 2019
15:00 - 18:00

Workshops - Printmaking: Pattern Print

Printmaking: Pattern Print

In lino printing, reduction is the process of printing in layers using a single lino block, by cutting away parts of the block each time the print is repeated.

19 October 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Short Courses - Perfume Making

Perfume Making

A dash of oud, a few drops of sandalwood oil, and some rose: Learn what makes up the perfect mixture to enhance the woody scent of bakhoor or dukhoon, a type of incense, in this workshop on the art of perfume making.

19 October 2019 - 23 November 2019
11:00 - 14:00

Workshops - Introduction to Adobe Light Room

Introduction to Adobe Light Room

Led by veteran photographer Kathleen Hoare, this workshop delves into Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe’s photo editing software – a staple in any photographer’s inventory of tools.

19 October 2019
10:00 - 15:30

Workshops - Developing a Brand

Developing a Brand

Brands are all around us, but only a select few – such as Apple, Chanel, and Disney – become household names. It’s largely their superior branding that makes these companies stand out. This two-part workshop, taught by  graphic designer Rasha Dakkak, allows participants to witness how the brands we encounter everywhere are developed behind the scenes.

18 October 2019 - 19 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Shooting and Developing Film

Shooting and Developing Film

In this workshop, Raz Hansrod –resident analogue photographer at Gulf Photo Plus – shares his offbeat take on the art. While preserving the integrity of analogue, the workshop introduces a twist to the process of developing film – digital aids such as developer apps and scanners in place of darkroom equipment.

18 October 2019
10:00 - 18:00

 - New Beginings

New Beginings

Hosted by Warehouse421, this exhibition aims to promote young creative talents throughout the emirate of Abu Dhabi, by giving them a platform to display their creative endeavours.

16 October 2019 - 27 October 2019
10:00 - 20:00

Films - Arabs and the City series

Arabs and the City series

The Street of Death and Other Stories (2017)
Directed by: Karam Ghossein
Lebanon
PG | Short Documentary | Arabic | 22 mins      

Capernaüm (2019)
Directed by: Nadine Labaki
Lebanon
PG 15 | Drama | Arabic | 123 mins

16 October 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Black and White Collage

Black and White Collage

This workshop is a study in the art of collage. Guided by expressionist painter Noor Bahjat, participants will experiment with acrylic painting and stillll life or landscape sketching.

15 October 2019 - 16 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Cynaotype

Cynaotype

Originally used by architects to make blueprints, cyanotype was picked up by artists in the 20th century as a technique to create cyan-blue copies of photographs.

12 October 2019
15:30 - 18:30

Talks - Why Who Gets To Tell What Where

Why Who Gets To Tell What Where

In a time when audiences are more aware, or “woke” than ever, how does an artist navigate the tight rope between cultural appreciation and culture appropriation

12 October 2019
17:00 - 20:00

Talks - Why Who Gets To Tell What Where

Why Who Gets To Tell What Where

In a time when audiences are more aware, or “woke” than ever, how does an artist navigate the tight rope between cultural appreciation and culture appropriation?

12 October 2019
17:00 - 20:00

Short Courses - Jewellery Designing

Jewellery Designing

Led by jewellery designer and maker Naida Abbas, participants of this short course will learn how precious metals and stones are fashioned into earrings, pendants, and bracelets.

6 October 2019 - 24 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Theatre Course

Theatre Course

This theatre course welcomes everyone from aspiring actors to those who want to overcome a fear of public speaking.

1 October 2019 - 19 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Book Readings - Book Club

Book Club

For the first time ever, Warehouse421 presents a bimonthly book club in its program for Fall 2019. With the  aim of bringing together a community of avid readers in order to participate in discourse with regards to the thematic breakdown of various novels, participants are encouraged to read between the lines, collectively unpacking the themes of the assigned literature.

29 September 2019 - 27 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Infinite reality

Infinite reality

Centring on the concept of imagination, this workshop is led by Edward Bakst, an award-winning animation designer and director and a former Guggenheim fellow. In each of the three sessions, participants are given assignments prompting them to exercise what Bakst calls “gravity-free and reality-independent thinking and ideation.

29 September 2019 - 13 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Printmaking:  Lino Print

Printmaking: Lino Print

Enter the world of printmaking in this workshop, which focuses on lino printing – a form of the art in which a design is cut into a piece of linoleum, inked, and transfered onto a sheet of paper.

28 September 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Book Readings - Khayal Series: Book reading for children

Khayal Series: Book reading for children

The Khayal series, in collaboration with Early Starters aims to provide emerging writers with a platform to share their work and young readers with an introduction to literature. This edition of the “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters features Aya and Papaya Find Happiness by MQ, a book about the adventures of a little girl and her doll.

28 September 2019
15:00 - 17:00

Films - Art & Cinema Series: Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery

Art & Cinema Series: Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery

The name of German painter and art historian Wolfgang Beltracchi became at once infamous and sacred in the art world when his forgery scheme, the biggest of the postwar era, came to light. In partnership with Goethe-Institut, Warehouse421 is pleased to show a screening of Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery, a documentary directed by Arne Birkenstock that reenacts how the scandal played out.

25 September 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Short Courses - Pattern Making

Pattern Making

What’s the key to designing a dress with the perfect fit? As participants of this workshop will learn, the answer lies in skilled patternmaking. The key to patternmaking, in turn, is understanding the relationship between pattern, body, and garment.

24 September 2019 - 13 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Lost and Unfound: Artmaking and The Tentative Sculpture

Lost and Unfound: Artmaking and The Tentative Sculpture

Conducted by artists Christopher Benton and Sultan Khamiz, this workshop demonstrates how to transform everyday junk materials into upcycled works of art. 

22 September 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Introduction to Arabic calligraphy

Introduction to Arabic calligraphy

Participants of this short course will learn to recreate an art form that dates back to the seventh century – Arabic calligraphy. Led by Majid Alyousef and Wissam Shawkat, the workshop covers a range of calligraphy styles.

21 September 2019 - 29 September 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Photography Level 1

Photography Level 1

Warehouse421 in collaboration with Gulf Photo Plus presents a workshop led by Laura Huntley that explores the possibilities of photography beyond Auto mode.

20 September 2019 - 21 September 2019
10:00 - 15:00

Short Courses - Palestinian Embroidery

Palestinian Embroidery

This six-part course, led by Palestinian artist Joanna Barakat, centers on the art of tatreez – a form of embroidery originating in Palestine.

17 September 2019 - 20 November 2019
17:30 - 20:30

 - Hollowed

Hollowed

In Maitha Abdalla’s first solo presentation at Warehouse421, “Hollowed,” the artist investigates the concept of “hollowness”as a place or a feeling of emptiness that is devoid of any real worth or value.

14 September 2019 - 13 October 2019
10:00 - 20:00

Talks - Community & Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018/19 Cohort 6 show

Community & Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018/19 Cohort 6 show

As part of the Community & Critique: SEAF 2018/19 Cohort 6 show, Warehouse421 is hosting a panel discussion featuring artists from the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF), followed by an open critique of their work.

14 September 2019
17:30 - 18:30

 - Community & Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018/19 Cohort 6 show

Community & Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018/19 Cohort 6 show

This exhibition represents a culmination of a year-long engagement in the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists program (SEAF).

14 September 2019 - 24 November 2019
10:00 - 20:00

Workshops - Zero Waste Table Design

Zero Waste Table Design

Learn how to build furniture the sustainable way in this workshop, using only wood waste, offcuts, and other scrap as raw materials.

10 September 2019 - 10 October 2019
17:30 - 20:00

Workshops - Zero Waste Table Design

Zero Waste Table Design

30 August 2019 - 30 October 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Screen Time: Screen Printing On Paper and Fabric

Screen Time: Screen Printing On Paper and Fabric

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn practical screen printing techniques for use on both paper and fabric.

The step-by-step process consists of a facilitated drawing session to generate images for screen printing, the introduction of stencils to create collages, screen treatment and the application of images, and finally, screen printing designs onto the desired surface.

20 July 2019
11:00 - 17:00

Workshops - A Cross-Stitch In Time: Introduction to Tatreez

A Cross-Stitch In Time: Introduction to Tatreez

This workshop will introduce its participants to the art of Palestinian embroidery known as “tatreez”. During the session, artist Joanna Barakat will explain the historical and cultural context of “tatreez”, including its connection to various regions of Palestine, before discussing how it changed in form and meaning after 1948. 

16 July 2019 - 17 July 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Hide and Seek: Working with Leather

Hide and Seek: Working with Leather

Led by leather specialist, Naresh Kumar of 24th Street in Dubai, this three-day workshop provides an immersion into working with leather, covering modes of leather, tanning, tempers, stitching and more. Each participant will emerge with three bespoke leather items such as a passport wallet, tray and cardholder. All materials will be provided.

11 July 2019 - 13 July 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - In the Bag: Making Totes

In the Bag: Making Totes

Participants in this light-hearted workshop will be guided to design, cut and produce their own tote bag, and decorate it with a print or illustration of their own creation.

9 July 2019 - 10 July 2019
17:30 - 19:30

Workshops - Perfume Making: Intermediate Level Workshop

Perfume Making: Intermediate Level Workshop

Participants in this intermediate level workshop will receive guided instruction on how to make the burned incense known as “Dukhoon”.

7 July 2019
18:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Paper Trail: Hand-Made Papermaking

Paper Trail: Hand-Made Papermaking

This workshop offers a creative way to reuse, reinvent and recycle paper scraps, turning them into handmade paper. Participants will learn the ancient art of papermaking using an ordinary kitchen blender, deckle and molds, and junk paper. These materials will be used to explore the basic techniques of pulp production, forming, couching and air-drying to produce beautiful handmade papers that can be used for cards, scrapbooking, printmaking, drawing, painting, bookmaking, and more.

6 July 2019
17:30 - 19:30

Workshops - Swirl: Introduction to Paper Marbling

Swirl: Introduction to Paper Marbling

This workshop provides a detailed introduction to paper marbling, which is a form of surface design that produces patterns similar to smooth marble or stone. Beginning with a brief overview of different types of marbling techniques from around the world, participants will then learn how to put some of these basic techniques into practice, including preparing paper for marbling and using marble paint to create a unique pattern.

3 July 2019
17:30 - 19:30

Workshops - Knot So Fast: Introduction to Macramé

Knot So Fast: Introduction to Macramé

Ancient in origin and retro in style, Macramé plant hangers change the vibe of any space with a bit of handmade flair.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the traditional art of macramé, which involves using knots to create beautiful items. After learning just three basic knots, participants will then have the opportunity to create their own attractive plant hanger.

2 July 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Perfume Making: Beginner Level Workshop

Perfume Making: Beginner Level Workshop

Perfume making has a long history in the region and is a living art in the United Arab Emirates. In this workshop, participants will learn to create various forms of perfumes based on old family recipes. While discussing the ingredients and the alchemy of scents, the instructor will also evoke the cultural memories that the fragrances inspire. Each participant will emerge from the session with a scent of their making.

30 June 2019
18:30 - 21:30

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

This month marks the final installment of the “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters will showcase the new book by UAE-based author, Christiana Gonzales, named “Toby and the Falcon.” 

29 June 2019
15:30 - 17:30

Workshops - All Mixed Up: Mixed Media Portraiture

All Mixed Up: Mixed Media Portraiture

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to paint a creative composition using mixed media, rather than just acrylic or oil. 

25 June 2019 - 26 June 2019
17:30 - 20:00

Workshops - The Art of Lettering with Ancient Arabian Scripts

The Art of Lettering with Ancient Arabian Scripts

This workshop will involve hands-on drawing and experimentation with various styles and writing techniques. It will introduce participants to the expressive possibilities of lettering using ancient Arabian scripts, thus linking ancient letterforms to contemporary design.

22 June 2019
14:30 - 18:30

Talks - Relevant Graphic Design: Communicating Regional and Cultural Narratives

Relevant Graphic Design: Communicating Regional and Cultural Narratives

Graphic design is a ubiquitous and en ever-evolving practice that touches every aspect of contemporary life. It is an approach and a way of thinking, and shapes messages and narratives — graphic design is a discipline that is capable of altering and shaping our world.

22 June 2019
17:00 - 18:30

Talks - The UAE: 10,000 Years of Adaptation, Technology and Social Cohesion.

The UAE: 10,000 Years of Adaptation, Technology and Social Cohesion.

This discussion will explore the archaeology of the UAE from the Neolithic period, beginning around 10,000 years ago.

22 June 2019
12:00 - 13:30

Workshops - Palmyrene Clay Structures

Palmyrene Clay Structures

Participants in this workshop will create clay sculptures inspired by the Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts exhibition.

22 June 2019
11:00 - 14:00

Workshops - Letters in the Third Dimension

Letters in the Third Dimension

This two-day workshop is an invitation to break out of the two-dimensional space of lettering and explore the use of three-dimensional typography to expand communication.

21 June 2019 - 22 June 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Workshops - Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy

Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy

This workshop will introduce participants to the history and practice of Arabic calligraphy through a combination of presentations and practical exercises.

21 June 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Workshops - Drawing from Photographs: Graphite, Charcoal with Glazes

Drawing from Photographs: Graphite, Charcoal with Glazes

Participants in this all-day workshop, hosted in partnership with Lest We Forget, will refine their ability to create evocative drawings inspired by photographs.

15 June 2019
10:00 - 17:00

Talks - Encounters through family photographs

Encounters through family photographs

Family photographs express interest in, and affection for, the people, places, activities and moments that are most close and dear.

12 June 2019
17:30 - 18:30

 - Lest We Forget: The Universality of Family Photographs

Lest We Forget: The Universality of Family Photographs

Family photographs express interest in, and affection for, the people, places, activities and moments that are most close and dear. Coinciding with the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, this exhibition and companion book explore universalities inherent in portraits of ourselves, taken by ourselves and for ourselves.

12 June 2019 - 28 July 2019

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

This month’s installment of the “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters will explore the themes of ideas and imagination.

25 May 2019
12:00 - 15:00

Workshops - A Celebration of Failure

A Celebration of Failure

Embracing our failures encourages others to share stories of their own humiliation, enabling growth, both together and as individuals.

24 May 2019
21:00 - 23:00

Films - Al Rabia: Film and Suhoor

Al Rabia: Film and Suhoor

This month’s films – screened in partnership with Cinema Akil – have been hand-picked by the visual artist, Shaikha Al Ketbi.

18 May 2019
21:00 - 23:00

Workshops - Hands-On Henna

Hands-On Henna

Participants in this hands-on workshop, led by the chiropractor, designer and henna artist, Azra Khamissa, will learn about the history and benefits of henna, before being taught a couple of practical henna art techniques.

16 May 2019
21:00 - 22:00

Workshops - Drawing Through Recollection

Drawing Through Recollection

Participants in this instructional workshop will experience a step-by-step demonstration of how the visual artist, Shaikha Al Ketbi, constructs her paintings and images.

12 May 2019
21:00 - 23:00

Films - Al Rabia: Film and Suhoor

Al Rabia: Film and Suhoor

This month’s films – screened in partnership with Cinema Akil – have been hand-picked by the visual artist, Shaikha Al Ketbi.

11 May 2019
21:00 - 23:00

Short Courses - Gravity Free & Reality Independent

Gravity Free & Reality Independent

Participants in this inventive 3-part workshop series will be encouraged to explore – and expand – their own creative boundaries.

8 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
21:00 - 23:00

Short Courses - Theatre Course: Character Study

Theatre Course: Character Study

Participants in this foundational course will learn a range of useful skills for developing and portraying fictional characters. Over the duration of the 4-month course [which commenced in February 2019], participants engage in stimulated theatre exercises, play readings and practice short scenes from a selection of works.

7 May 2019 - 8 May 2019
18:00 - 20:00

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

This month’s installment of the “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters features the local author and illustrator, Maitha Al Khayat, for a live reading, discussion and a series of activities inspired by her imaginative stories.

27 April 2019
15:00 - 17:00

Workshops - Letters of Light

Letters of Light

Children aged 7-10 years in this interactive workshop will create their own wall-mounted light installations by bending and shaping glow sticks into luminescent phrases using Phoenician letter forms.

27 April 2019
11:00 - 12:00

Talks - Artificial Intelligence and the Human Factor

Artificial Intelligence and the Human Factor

This talk, organized in partnership with Thinkers & Doers and the French Institute in the United Arab Emirates, will consider the human factor in the technological transformations that are radically transforming our world and ask how artificial intelligence can be used to serve social progress and contribute to building better societies, focused on both prosperity and wellbeing.

25 April 2019
08:30 - 10:00

Films - YA OMRI (104 WRINKLES)

YA OMRI (104 WRINKLES)

In this exploration of ageing, memory and life, Hady follows his grandmother Henriette as she crosses the centenarian milestone to reach 104 years of age. He witnesses the transformation of her memory, her emigration from Lebanon to Brazil, and uncovers stories of love, children and suspended time.

17 April 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Films - GRANDMA’S BEAUTY

GRANDMA’S BEAUTY

Before there was L’Oreal, there was kohl.

17 April 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Ancient Muses

Ancient Muses

Participants in this two-part ceramics workshop will explore a range of forms inspired by ancient archaeology, architecture and mythology.

13 April 2019 - 20 April 2019
10:00 - 13:00

Short Courses - EduDocs

EduDocs

Presented by Cinema Akil and Warehouse421, EduDocs: An Introduction to Documentary Styles, Themes & Genres, is a comprehensive short course led by Yazan Al Ghazzawi, an award-winning writer and director, and the Head of Film at SAE Institute Dubai.

10 April 2019 - 1 May 2019
18:00 - 19:00

Short Courses - Introduction to Jewelry Design – Course C

Introduction to Jewelry Design – Course C

Participants in this four-part intermediate course will learn to take their jewelry-making to the next level using the sawing, piercing and wire-wrapping techniques covered in the two beginner-level courses [Course A and Course B] offered in previous months.

7 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
17:30 - 20:00

 - Al Rabi’a

Al Rabi’a

Al Rabi’a is an experimental, process-led space by visual artist, Shaikha Al Ketbi.    

2 April 2019 - 2 June 2019

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

The “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters, which brings children’s books to life in imaginative ways, is marking Abu Dhabi’s “Month of Reading” – with a combination of engaging readings, crafts, interactive games and more. Featuring  Readings from some favorites such as Dr.Seuss, Shel Silverstein, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and many more. Join us to celebrate our favorite children's books of all time! 

30 March 2019
16:00 - 18:00

Films - HERSTORY: FILM & THE ARAB WOMAN

HERSTORY: FILM & THE ARAB WOMAN

Warehouse421 joins forces with Cinema Akil to present a new season of film in Abu Dhabi dedicated exclusively to contemporary films made by, or about, Arab women. This extensive series will run until April 2019. This month features the films Mamsous and Cactus Flower.

27 March 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Talismanic Textiles

Talismanic Textiles

Participants in this hands-on workshop will bring plain textiles to life with colorful designs and patterns inspired by talismanic symbols.  Taking inspiration from the Nomadic Traces exhibition, and the original artwork, ‘If Speech Is Silver…’ by Khalid Mezaina, participants will create stamps out of their designed motifs, which will then be used for printing repeat patterns onto plain textile surfaces.

26 March 2019
17:30 - 19:30

Workshops - Photography Level 2

Photography Level 2

This workshop is designed to take intermediate photographers from shooting in semi-manual modes to full manual mode, allowing them to infuse more creativity into their photography. Participants will enhance their understanding of how to work with light and movement through theoretical lessons and practical exercises. Techniques covered include the use of High Dynamic Range [HDR], panning, light painting, metering, flash, histograms, long exposures and advanced composition.  By the end of the course, participants will have the necessary foundations to confidently delve into more advanced genres of photography, such as portraiture, travel, family, food, and wedding photography.

22 March 2019 - 23 March 2019
15:00 - 19:00

 - Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts

Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts

Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts explores the role that scripts have played in defining and preserving the cultural identity of past and present civilizations, and on the migrational and transformative nature of writing, and its ability to freely cross borders and cultures. The exhibition focuses on the development of some of the key Abjads (consonantal alphabets) of the Middle East. It poetically links the past with the present, revealing the wealth of the region through its many scripts, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Musnad, Palmyrene, Nabatean, and early Arabic (Jazm). 

16 March 2019 - 28 July 2019

Short Courses - EduDocs

EduDocs

Presented by Warehouse421 in partnership with Cinema Akil, EduDocs: An Introduction to Documentary Styles, Themes & Genres, is a comprehensive short course led by Yazan Al Ghazzawi, an award-winning writer and director, and the Head of Film at SAE Institute Dubai. 

13 March 2019 - 20 March 2019
18:00 - 21:00

Short Courses - Theatre Course: Character Study

Theatre Course: Character Study

Participants in this foundational course will learn a range of useful skills for developing a fictional character.

Over the duration of the 4-month course [which already commenced in February 2019], participants will engage in stimulated theatre exercises, play readings and practicing short scenes from a selection of works.

12 March 2019 - 13 March 2019
18:00 - 20:00

Workshops - Painting Urban Landscapes

Painting Urban Landscapes

We often overlook urban spaces in search of nature, but what happens when we try to paint the combination of the two, taking inspiration from the Impressionist’s approach to depicting what’s around us. The workshop puts emphasis on methodology and interpretation of urban cityscapes, using drawing and colour to engage our imagination.

11 March 2019 - 13 March 2019
18:00 - 21:00

Workshops - Photography Level 1

Photography Level 1

Over the course of this two-day workshop, participants will break free from Auto Mode and gain a solid understanding of the essential elements for achieving a perfect exposure: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. They will also explore the creative side of photography with a focus on the traditional rules of composition, as well as how to break them. By the end of the workshop, each participant should be able to confidently craft and shoot photos in semi-manual modes.

8 March 2019 - 9 March 2019
15:00 - 19:00

Short Courses - Introduction to Jewelry Design - Course B

Introduction to Jewelry Design - Course B

Participants in this four-part course will learn to create fun, easy and classic wire-wrap jewelry pieces, including earrings, rings and pendants. Techniques covered include creating smooth, consistent spiral shapes and loops, wrapping beads into frames, and fabricating, assembling and finishing various jewelry pieces from scratch using brass, silver and natural stone beads. The course is designed for beginners and therefore includes detailed instructions.  For those that have never picked up wire and pliers before, this is a good place to start!

3 March 2019 - 24 March 2019
17:30 - 20:00

Workshops - Revelation of Character

Revelation of Character

Warehouse 421, and our visiting in-house resident artist Jerry B. Martin, invites you to a three-day conceptual workshop in which the artist requires your collaboration for the production of a multidisciplinary artwork that explores the boundaries between language, cinema and the self.

1 March 2019 - 3 March 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Films - Herstory: Film & The Arab Woman

Herstory: Film & The Arab Woman

Warehouse421 joins forces with Cinema Akil to present a new season of film in Abu Dhabi dedicated exclusively to contemporary films made by, or about, Arab women. This extensive series will run until April 2019. This month features the films Black Mamba and The Journey.

27 February 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

This session – the first of a series on tolerance – will include an introduction to tolerance in its many forms, including respecting the differences of others, before turning its attention to the role of the UAE as a model for tolerance. Participants will take part in a wide range of activities related to tolerance and diversity, including a book reading, ‘Flags of the World’ bingo, and completing an art project – that illustrates the benefits of blending and working with others.   

23 February 2019
16:00 - 18:00

Talks - Culture and diversity: At the heart of a new identity in the cities

Culture and diversity: At the heart of a new identity in the cities

At this talk, three leading cultural figures from the Arab world will consider the influence of culture on the history and future of their respective cities. Ultimately, they will seek to answer one question: How can culture contribute to the building of a new urban identity?

21 February 2019
09:00 - 10:00

Short Courses - Theatre Course: Character Study

Theatre Course: Character Study

Character Study is a foundational course designed for students of all levels of experience to learn a range of useful skills for developing fictional characters. Over the duration of the 4-month course [featuring two face-to-face sessions per month from February to May 2019], students will engage in theatre exercises, play readings and the practicing of short scenes from a selection of works.

19 February 2019 - 20 February 2019
18:00 - 20:00

Talks - Here In Spirit: Genius Loci

Here In Spirit: Genius Loci

The places where we work, live and play have a spirit. The ancients called this pervading spirit the “genius loci.” More recently, with humankind’s perpetual search for meaning in the built environment, the phrase has come to be understood as the sum of all physical as well as symbolic values in nature and the human environment that give a place its distinctive character.

16 February 2019
18:00 - 19:30

Workshops - Photography Level 1

Photography Level 1

Over the course of this two-day workshop, participants will break free from Auto Mode and gain a solid understanding of the essential elements for achieving a perfect exposure: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. They will also explore the creative side of photography with a focus on the traditional rules of composition, as well as how to break them. By the end of the workshop, each participant should be able to confidently craft and shoot photos in semi-manual modes.

15 February 2019 - 16 February 2019
15:00 - 19:00

Workshops - Palestinian Embroidery

Palestinian Embroidery

This workshop will introduce its participants to Tatreez, a traditional form of Palestinian embroidery. During the session, Joanna Barakat will discuss the history and cultural context of Palestinian embroidery from various regions in Palestine prior to 1948 and how it has changed in both form and meaning since then.

11 February 2019 - 13 February 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Palestinian Embroidery

Palestinian Embroidery

This workshop will introduce its participants to Tatreez, a traditional form of Palestinian embroidery. During the session, Joanna Barakat will discuss the history and cultural context of Palestinian embroidery from various regions in Palestine prior to 1948 and how it has changed in both form and meaning since then.

11 February 2019 - 13 February 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Short Courses - Introduction to Jewelry Design – Course A

Introduction to Jewelry Design – Course A

Participants in this four-part short course will receive a practical introduction to designing and making contemporary jewelry, with a particular focus on working with brass and silver. Participants will have the opportunity to work creatively from original drawings, develop their jewelry making skills, and explore contemporary forms in metal.  Technical processes covered in the course include piercing and sawing an intricate design into a backplate using a jeweler’s saw with a very fine blade, fabricating a pendant or earring from scratch, using brass and silver plates and sawed pieces to assemble flexible jewelry, and conducting finishing and polishing.

3 February 2019 - 24 February 2019
17:30 - 20:00

Workshops - Sites and Surfaces

Sites and Surfaces

Participants in this interactive workshop will consider a mix of natural and industrial materials – including some in between – and focus on their material properties, including translucency, fragility, adaptation, resistance, opaqueness and impermanence.

1 February 2019 - 2 February 2019
16:00 - 19:00

Workshops - 8 FOLD ZINE

8 FOLD ZINE

Participants in this practical workshop will learn the basics of making zines – short for ‘magazine’ or ‘fanzine’ – in order to better express and publish their own works in magazine form.

29 January 2019
19:00 - 21:00

Workshops - Artistic Road trip to Quoz Arts Fest 2019

Artistic Road trip to Quoz Arts Fest 2019

Warehouse421 is delighted to take you on a road trip to Alserkal Avenue in Dubai for the Quoz Arts Fest 2019, a celebration of art and culture, under the theme 'CTRL+ALT+ACTION'.

The two-day event is free and open to the whole family, including pets, with parent and kid-friendly activities including performances, workshops, tours, film screenings, food concepts, and live music.

26 January 2019
11:00 - 18:30

Book Readings - Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

Khayal: Early Starters at Warehouse421

This event is the first in a new series that will now take place at Warehouse421 on the final Saturday of every month.  Delivered in collaboration with Early Starters, these sessions will seek to bring books to life for children through dynamic readings and activities designed to explore the themes of each chosen book.     

26 January 2019
17:00 - 19:00

Films - NAILA AND THE UPRISING (2017)

NAILA AND THE UPRISING (2017)

When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in 1987, a woman in Gaza – Naila Ayesh – must make a choice between love, family and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time.

23 January 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Films - GAZA BY HER (2017)

GAZA BY HER (2017)

A short documentary tribute to all of the women in Gaza, told through the stories of four women who are trying to leave an imprint of change, love, and success, despite all of the difficulties they face.  The film focuses on the lives of a singer, a fashion designer, an activist and a mother, who each share a hope for a better future.   

23 January 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Workshops - Material Casting 19-1-19

Material Casting 19-1-19

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how materials found in the UAE’s natural environment, including humble grains of sand, can be transformed into myriad three-dimensional objects.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

19 January 2019
10:30 - 12:30

Workshops - The Art of Papermaking 19-1-19

The Art of Papermaking 19-1-19

This workshop provides a creative way to reuse, reinvent and recycle paper scraps into your own handmade paper. Participants will learn the ancient art of papermaking using an ordinary kitchen blender, deckle and molds, and junk paper.  These materials will be used to demonstrate the basic techniques of pulp production, forming, couching and air-drying to produce beautiful handmade papers that can be used for cards, scrapbooking, printmaking, drawing, painting, bookmaking, and more.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

19 January 2019
13:30 - 16:00

Workshops - The Art of re(Creation) 19-1-19

The Art of re(Creation) 19-1-19

Participants in this workshop will receive an introduction to the art of upcycled sculpture before working together to repurpose plastic waste products into a one-of-a-kind piece of upcycled art.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

19 January 2019
16:00 - 18:00

Workshops - Material Casting 18-1-19

Material Casting 18-1-19

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how materials found in the UAE’s natural environment, including humble grains of sand, can be transformed into myriad three-dimensional objects.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

18 January 2019
16:00 - 18:00

Workshops - The Art of Papermaking 18-1-19

The Art of Papermaking 18-1-19

This workshop provides a creative way to reuse, reinvent and recycle paper scraps into your own handmade paper. Participants will learn the ancient art of papermaking using an ordinary kitchen blender, deckle and molds, and junk paper.  These materials will be used to demonstrate the basic techniques of pulp production, forming, couching and air-drying to produce beautiful handmade papers that can be used for cards, scrapbooking, printmaking, drawing, painting, bookmaking, and more.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

18 January 2019
10:30 - 13:00

Workshops - THE ART OF RE(CREATION) 18-1-19

THE ART OF RE(CREATION) 18-1-19

Participants in this workshop will receive an introduction to the art of upcycled sculpture before working together to repurpose plastic waste products into a one-of-a-kind piece of upcycled art.

Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

18 January 2019
13:30 - 15:30

Films - THE HUMAN SCALE

THE HUMAN SCALE

The Human Scale questions our assumptions about modern cities, exploring what happens when we put people into the centre of our equations.  For 40 years, the Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities. His starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings – in what he called Life Between Buildings. His ideas have since inspired the creation of walking streets, the building and improvements of bike paths and the reorganization of parks, squares and other public spaces throughout many cities in the Nordic region and around the world. 

16 January 2019
19:30 - 21:30

Short Courses - Modern Arabic Calligraphy

Modern Arabic Calligraphy

Participants in this short course will learn the basics of Arabic calligraphy.  Working with ink on paper, participants will be encouraged to experiment with the Arabic alphabet, utilizing a combination of arcs, lines and curves.

9 January 2019 - 11 January 2019
17:30 - 20:30

Workshops - Phototecture

Phototecture

In conjunction with the exhibition Architecture of Loneliness, featured artist and architectural photographer, Mohamed Somji, will lead a group of participants on an intimate journey through the Mina Zayed district, offering insights of photography that studies the intersection of architecture and fine art.

4 January 2019
15:30 - 17:30