Tashkeel, the Dubai arts organisation supporting the growth of contemporary art and design in the UAE, announced a packed Autumn Programme on Wednesday.
Cultural enthusiasts and artists will have a number of opportunities to engage with the centre through a range of public workshops and talks from September to December.
Tashkeel will be offering more than 200 workshops and talks for adults and children, exploring both traditional and digital mediums. These include a session by Jassim Al Awadhi, Emirati photographer and former deputy lecturer at the Faculty of Arts in Sharjah University, who will be teaching form and practice to photography enthusiasts.
Visual artist and writer James Razko will lead workshops on techniques in contemporary art and painting.
Gemmologist and designer Sachin Jain will teach Jewellery Manufacturing Basics to those interested in making their own.
Multidisciplinary artist Amna Ilyas will hold a course on 3D moulding with clay, while Benchwork Design and Technology founder, Ismael Touq, will discuss wood joinery for those who are interested in designing functional furniture.
Critical Dialogues, the popular 12-week course covering critical theory and writing, taught by independent arts writer Kevin Jones who lives in Dubai, will be returning. As will Sunday Funday, a weekly workshop for children aged 8-12, starting this Sunday, along with the Tashkeel Winter Camp for children aged 8-16, which begins on December 11.
Tashkeel will also be hosting a number of exhibitions showcasing the work of local and regional artists. These include So to Speak, displaying Emirati artist Shamma Al Amri's work at Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba, and Made in Tashkeel — Al Fahidi, which includes a selection of works by Tashkeel members such as jeweller Lia Staehlin and fine artist Chie Nakano at Tashkeel Al Fahidi.
The class of Tashkeel’s 2022 Tanween design programme will also be revealing their limited-edition furniture and lighting designs at this year’s Downtown Design, during Dubai Design Week, from November 9 to 12.
University students can engage with Tashkeel on their campuses this season in Dubai and Sharjah.
Students will have an opportunity to take part in workshops and learn how Tashkeel can help them gain a foothold in the arts and design sector, as well as the various ways the UAE government can help once they have graduated.
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Next year's Tashkeel's Critical Practice Programme will help practitioners living and working in the UAE. Successful applicants will enrol in a programme of independent research, centred around a specific artistic practice, and build towards their own solo exhibition, under the guidance of a mentor.
Tashkeel is also seeking designers to join the 2023 Tanween design programme.
Designers in the UAE are invited to apply and if selected, will take part in a nine-month programme of workshops, site visits and seminars, with access to Tashkeel’s studios and equipment.
The training will conclude with the production of a piece of UAE-inspired furniture or lighting design, which will premiere at Dubai Design Week. The Open Call begins on October 3.
More information on Tashkeel’s Autumn Programme is available at www.tashkeel.org