The art galleries in DIFC threw open their doors on Monday October 27 as the hugely-popular Art Night returned to Gate Village for a fifth year.

A host of exhibitions, talks and live performances spread out across the area, all of which were open to the public free of charge.

Among them were a pop up painting studio by the jamjar, art-house cinema screenings, table tennis tables provided by Ping Pong Dubai, The Magazine Shop selling vinyl records, and The Sameness Project’s Conversation Chair.

Galleries that participated include Ajyad Gallery (collection of works using a bold palette of primary colours to represent Arabic landscapes), Art Sawa (an exhibition about people obliged to leave their homeland), Cuadro Gallery (light installations by seven contemporary artists), Opera Gallery (monumental animal sculptures the exceptional large paintings), The Empty Quarter Gallery (Spanish portrait and reportage photographer Miguel Angel), and The Farjam Foundation (a Twitter-based exhibition).

Photographs by Ajith Narendra