Tashkeel

  • Tanween Workshop

  • Tanween Workshop

  • Tanween Workshop

Tashkeel is a contemporary arts organisation established in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum. Based in Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, Tashkeel supports art and design practice through studio facilities, exhibitions, artist residencies, projects, and professional as well as recreational workshops.

Tanween is the design-based elements of Tashkeel’s activities and long-term vision, primarily the Tanween Design Programme and the resulting products sold under the eponymous design label. The Tanween Design Programme is an annual programme facilitating UAE-based designers selected through an open call to develop a range of products that work towards defining a production process, design, and aesthetic that responds to the UAE. For its fourth edition, a panel of members of the design community selected Hamza Omari, Hatem Hatem, Lujain Abulfaraj, and Lujaine Rezk, to develop and produce finished products through a series of laboratories and workshops arranged by Tashkeel in collaboration with Small is Beautiful, United Kingdom.

This year’s edition has been formulated to combine both international and local expertise, which included regular design review sessions with local mentor Kevin Badni (Head of Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah) and workshops focusing on branding with guest leaders Salem Al-Qassimi (Founder and Principal of Fikra) and social media with Jemma Craig (Online Marketing Consultant). The designers also developed initial prototypes of their product under the mentorship of internationally established, London-based furniture designer Gareth Neal.

Tanween’s primary aim lies in actively supporting the production of quality products designed and produced in the UAE   from the sourcing of materials, application of skills to the manufacture and exhibition of the finished product. The programme is based on the principle of enabling UAE-based designers to build long-standing collaborations with local artisans and manufacturers, engendering cultural and economic development within the two industries and fostering the growth of the design community.

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