The arty events to check out at Warehouse 21 in April

The Abu Dhabi art hub always has loads going on

The arty events to check out at Warehouse 21 in April

Not only can we view world-famous art here in Abu Dhabi, but we’re also encouraged to create our very own masterpieces.

Arty hub Warehouse421 has put together an extra-special programme of courses and workshops for the month of April, and there are a whole load of things to get your creative juices flowing.

Whether you’ve always suspected that you have what it takes to make it in the world of theatre, or you simply just fancy having a go at making your own pottery, you’ll find something to inspire you at this hipster-friendly centre over in Al Mina.

The two-part ceramics workshop is just one of the many new events. Held on April 13 and 20, it will see participants learn how to create contemporary clay sculptures, inspired by archaeological artefacts, using only their hands.

Or, if you’re obsessed with watching every documentary you can get feast your eyes upon, then it’s about time you got involved with the documentary-making course from 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.

Through a combination of lectures, screenings and assigned reading materials, the sessions cover the six main types of documentaries and the techniques directors use to make them so powerful to watch.

Some have come and gone, but you can still sign up to the fourth session in the series (April 24), which will study the art of the ‘Reflexive Film’.

You can also embrace your inner drama queen (or king) in the character study theatre course. This session on April 30 lets you explore the art of live performance techniques through play readings, theatrical exercises and by acting out a series of short scenes. 

Or, if you’ve already completed the centre’s beginner’s courses on jewellery making, you can take things up a notch and master sawing, piercing and wire-wrapping techniques to make pretty three-dimensional jewellery pieces such as earrings, rings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces.

Running alongside the more hands-on aspects are a range of fascinating talks about a number of different creative topics.

Taking place on April 25, Artificial Intelligence and the Human Factor looks at how artificial intelligence can be used to help us progress socially and improve our world.

Children can also get involved as the Khayal series returns for another session of imaginative storytelling.

April’s edition features a live reading by the local author and illustrator Maitha Al Khayat, plus a number of activities inspired by her best-known stories. These include making paper camel puppets and a creating group doodle mural.

Finally, film buffs will be in their element as the programme of films by or about Arab women concludes with screenings of Grandma’s Beauty, a short looking at the use of kohl, and Ya Omri (104 Wrinkles), which focuses on the themes of aging and memory, on 17 April.

A packed programme of events at Warehouse421

To try your hand at a number of creative arts

Prices vary. April 10 -30. Samrayr Street, Mina Zayed, (02 676 8803).

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