Tashkeel Autumn Season continues with a packed public programme

Tashkeel Autumn Season continues with a packed public programme to engage and inspire adults and young people

Studio’s Autumn 2020 programme has something for everyone

Dubai, UAE – October 2020 | Spark your creative vision with a range of exhibitions, talks, tour and workshops for adults and youth, exploring everything from introduction to Adobe softwares and art kits for children to a one-on-one consultation on achieving your design goals as part of Tashkeel’s Autumn 2020 season programme.

This season, the Dubai-based multidisciplinary art and design organisation has designed a programme that offers several online sessions, allowing participants who prefer to learn from the comfort of their home the same access to art and design experts and a wealth of knowledge and practical opportunities that they would have in-studio. Courses that will be conducted on Tashkeel’s premises have limited spaces and will be managed in accordance with social distancing and safety guidelines.

“Tashkeel continues its commitment to nurturing art and design practice in the UAE with a packed Autumn season of exhibitions, workshops and courses. Offered both online and in-studio, we have created a bespoke programme that addresses the unique needs of the local creative community in these extraordinary times. Through carefully curated sessions and experiences, we hope to motivate, inspire and inform both adults and young people by exploring the infinite possibilities offered by creative practices ,” says Lisa Ball-Lechgar, Deputy Director of Tashkeel.


Tuesdays, 27 October ­­– 12 January, 7–9pm via Zoom

Tashkeel Course: Critical Dialogues

Join Kevin Jones for this 12-week course that gives artists the tools to improve how they represent themselves. The course devotes six weeks to exploring critical texts from various schools of thought. Followed by peer critique sessions, for which each artist will write a statement on his/her practice. AED1,589 per person

Tuesday 27 October, 7– 8:30pm via Zoom

Tashkeel Talk: Tanween 2021 – Time to Apply

As the call for submissions for the 2021 Tanween design programme begins, alumni speak about their experiences in applying, participating and completing Tashkeel’s one-year professional development programme for UAE-based emerging designers. Free

Saturday, 31 October, 10am-1pm via Zoom

Tashkeel Course: How to Photograph Art

Led by photographer Altamash Urooj, gain the skills to photograph and catalogue artwork for archival, commercial and social media use. Overcome the challenges of documenting art, get a basic understanding of photography as well as tips and tricks to edit and publish. AED160 per person

Monday 16 November, 7-8.30pm via Zoom

Tashkeel Lecture: Fungi for Material Futures

Explore the use of fungi within fashion and furniture design. Ninela Ivanova’s investigation into novel bio-based materials began in 2010. Through collaborations with artists, designers and scientists, she realised her vision for novel mycelium-based materials, designs and products. Her work was recently featured in ‘Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi’ at Somerset House, London. AED 50 per person

Wednesday 18 November, 7 – 8.30 pm via Zoom
Tashkeel Talk: BlueChafa Ghaddar & Jill Magi talk about more than colour

Blue compels, carries history, is a luxury, is a necessity. What does this colour denote? In this talk, artist, writer, educator and mentor Jill Magi joins the artist to discuss their associations and practices in and with blue, such as blue and commodities, blue and the sea, and blue as a colour in which to be inside. Free

Sunday 22 November, 7-8.30pm via Zoom

Tashkeel Talk: Meet the Artist Chafa Ghaddar

Over the last four years, the artist Chafa Ghaddar has become an important part of the Tashkeel creative community. Join this live Q&A session as Chafa discusses her career path, arts practice and the new body of work created during her participation in the Critical Practice Programme at Tashkeel. Free

Tuesday 24 November, 7– 8:30pm via Zoom

Tashkeel Talk: Design Practice with Bahar Al Bahar

Architect and designer Bahar Al Bahar talks about the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration within design and fabrication. He looks into the notion of collective practice within the contemporary technology landscape and examines the challenges and opportunities of when practitioners of design, craft, product engineering and manufacturing come together to build. Free

Monday 14 December, 7-8.30pm via Zoom

Tashkeel Lecture: Upcycling Plastic Waste

Tashkeel welcome MSc in materials science and engineering postgraduate Edgar B. Mejia to explore the process and possibilities of leveraging 3D printing to give a second life to single-use plastics. By converting the plastics into filaments, they could be fed into a 3D printer to make something new and useful. Be part of the Q&A at the end of the lecture. AED 50 per person

19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30 December & 2, 4 January, 7-8pm via Zoom

Tashkeel Course: 14-Day Isolation Photography

Join photographer Altamash Urooj for 8 sessions covering 7 creative photo assignments at home. Participants must be willing to try and create, experiment and not be afraid to fail. The workshop will be assignment and critique-based over Zoom, discussing the photographs taken as a group and sharing constructive feedback. AED 375 per person

13 to 17 December, 10am-1pm via Zoom

Tashkeel Winter Camp 2020

Join Azim Al Ghussein, Khalid Mezaina, Muna Al Marashi, Nahla Tabaa, Salama Nasib for the first virtual Tashkeel Winter Camp. Using a kit ofmaterials delivered to your home, watch video demonstrations to guide young learners in workshops on origami, painitng with textures. Suitable for ages 8-12 years.


Tashkeel After School Arts Club is back! This season the After School Arts Club offers a series of kits designed to foster curious minds and hands. With a new kit released every two weeks, each editionfocuses on learning a variety of processes used in art and design, including batik, crystal growing, salt painting and slime making. Suitable for 8-12 years. AED90 per kit

Available now, Crayon Printing Kit

From 27 October, Salt Painting Kit

From 10 November, Slime Kit

From 10 November, Growing Crystals Kit

From 8 December, Batik Kit


Until 26 November, open daily 10am-8pm (excl Friday)

Exhibition: Recesses by Chafa Ghaddar

Tashkeel present the first solo exhibition in the UAE by Chafa Ghaddar. ‘Recesses’ shines new light on the ancient mural-making technique of fresco by challenging the ‘wall’ and the idea of completion, offering viewers an intimate and challenging experience of touch, colour, texture and material. Visit by appointment only. Email tashkeel@tashkeel.org Free of charge

Saturday 24 October, 2-5pm

Workshop: Training for Teaching-Artists

Suitable for creative practitioners seeking to run workshops. Join Azim Al Ghussein to learn how to structure and plan a studio workshop. Topics include how to plan according to parameters, how to cost and price a workshop, how to set learning objectives and expected outcomes. AED230 per person

Tuesdays 28 October– 13 January, 7-9pm

Course: Adobe for Artists

Join LMV Studio in the upgraded Tashkeel Digital Studio for this 12-session course to enable artists to build a confident foundation in the three main Adobe Creative softwares: Photoshop,  Illustrator and InDesign. AED 1,360 per person

Saturday 31 October, 10am-1pm

Workshop: Cyber Fashion

Join designer and pattern-maker Engy Mahdy in the upgraded Tashkeel Digital Studio to create and render your own garment using the digital clothing software Clo3D. AED775 per person

Saturday 7 November & Monday 9 November, 10am-1pm

Workshop: Overlay

Join Chafa Ghaddar in this two-part exploratory workshop exploring the idea of overlay materials and text. Examine frescoes and palimpsests and discuss readings shared by the artist. Experiment with painting, drawing, building or writing. AED 238.10 per person

Saturdays 7, 14, 21, 28 November, 2,30-5pm

Course: Expand Your Practice

Join printmaker Khalid Mezaina for this crash course in screenprinting, ideal for artists and designers looking to learn a new technique or refresh their knowledge. Cover the fundamentals of screenprinting, including quick printing using stencils, drawing designs on screen using drawing and masking fluid, and preparing screen-ready artwork. AED720 per person

Tuesday 26 November, 5-6pm, 6-7pm, 7-8pm 

Recesses: Artist-led Exhibition Tours

Free of Charge

Join artist Chafa Ghaddar an hour-long tour exploring the works in her first UAE solo exhibition. An opportunity to gain insight into the main themes and concepts of this exhibition with the artist. Limited capacity in line with social distancing measures. Advance booking required. Email tashkeel@tashkeel.org Free of charge.

Monday 23, November, 6.30-9.30pm

Workshop: Risograph Printing: Preparation for Print

AED 280 (onsite); AED 130 (remote)

Join Azim Al Ghussein to translate a work into an edition of risograph prints through digital and analog means. Covers scanning, digital preparation, cleanup of files, and editing the artwork to accomodate a 2-colour risograph printing process. AED 280 per person

28 November, 5 & 12 December, 10am,-2pm

Course: Our Senses Through Jewellery

Join jewellery designer Noura Al Serkal to illustrate stories through the senses and bring the stories to life through designing a contemporary art jewellery piece. Learn about the UAE craft of dkhoon making. AED 1021.90 per person


8 December – 5 January, open daily 10am-8pm (excl Friday)

Exhibition: COVID Conversations

Tashkeel presents a specially curated exhibition of work by UAE-based artists and designers examining the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and creativity borne from the challenges of limitation, isolation and change. Visit by appointment only. Email tashkeel@tashkeel.org. Free of charge.

Booking in advance is essential. For details and registration, visit tashkeel.org. Email tashkeel@tashkeel.org or call +971 4 336 3313.

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Note to Editors

About Tashkeel

Established in Dubai in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel seeks to provide a nurturing environment for the growth of contemporary art and design practice rooted in the UAE. Through multidisciplinary studios, work spaces and galleries located in both Nad Al Sheba and Al Fahidi, it enables creative practice, experimentation and dialogue among practitioners and the wider community. Operating on an open membership model, Tashkeel’s annual programme of training, residencies, workshops, talks, exhibitions, international collaborations and publications aims to further practitioner development, public engagement, lifelong learning and the creative and cultural industries.

Tashkeel’s range of initiatives includes: Tanween, which takes a selected cohort of emerging UAE-based designers through a nine-month development programme to take a product inspired by the surroundings of the UAE from concept to completion; critical practice, which invites visual artists to embark on a one-year development programme of studio practice, mentorship and training that culminates in a major solo presentation; MakeWorks UAE, an online platform connecting creatives and fabricators to enable designers and artists accurate and efficient access to the UAE manufacturing sector; exhibitions and workshops to challenge artistic practice, enable capacity building and grow audience for the arts in the UAE; and the heart of Tashkeel, its membership, a community of creatives with access to facilities and studio spaces to refine their skills, undertake collaborations and pursue professional careers.

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