Second year of new Tashkeel programme aims to boost fine-design manufacturing

The open call for UAE-based designers and artists runs until August 25

Tashkeel, the art and design organisation in Dubai, has announced the second year of the new Tanween+, an open call for designers in the UAE to create new proposals in collaboration with local manufacturers.

The results will be launched at Dubai Design Week in November later this year.

Tashkeel, founded by Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum, is constantly on the move — evolving and adding new programmes and strands to complement what is perceived to be missing in the UAE art and design world.

They were among the first to offer studio space for working, and their Critical Practice and Tanween Design Programmes function as quasi-masters programmes for art discourse and design respectively. Tanween+ follows on from the latter, though it is open to all artists and designers living in the UAE, not just Tanween alumni.

It is understood to be difficult for artists and designers to realise work in the UAE, where fine-art services such as framing, the sourcing of archival-quality material, and production in a smaller, non-industrial scale are still rare. Tanween+ aims to help designers as well as seed the kind of fine manufacturing that would make future design projects possible.

Winners will receive support and a budget of Dh1,000 towards the production of 10 units, and the work will be sold at Dubai Design Week, via Tashkeel's platforms online and at Tashkeel's base in Nad Al Sheba, Dubai.

Entries must be submitted by August 25, 2019. For further details, visit


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