In the wake of this year’s Design Days Dubai, the art and design organisation Tashkeel begins its search for talent to feature at the design fair’s next instalment. The organisation has announced the call for entries for its annual Tanween Design Programme, to feature works by UAE-based designers, artisans and innovators taking a cue from Emirati cultural sensibilities. Now in its fifth year, the programme aims to nurture local talent and will run from May 2017 up until Design Days Dubai 2018.
Tashkeel will lend support to designers, to aid their research, experimentation with different media and development of prototypes, with works to be structured around a series of workshops developed in collaboration with Helen Voce.
The programme will include works that explore artisanal skills such as woodwork, textiles and other materials unique to the region. They will be exhibited under Tashkeel’s design product label Tanween and next year’s Design Days Dubai.
The Tanween Design Programme was initiated in 2013 by Tashkeel and the late Roanne Dods, who was co-producer of Imagination: Scotland’s First Festival of Ideas, Small is Beautiful. Among its previous international and local contributors are design collective Glithero, Gareth Neal, Studio Muju’s Jumana Taha, and Fi Scott, founder of Make Works.
This year’s programme is open for all designers living and working in the UAE, who are at least 21 years old. Deadline for submissions is 11 April. For more information visit tashkeel.org