Dubai Design Week’s showcase focused on emerging designers in the UAE calls upon creatives of the local community to submit their homegrown, innovative designs.

A curated feature of Dubai Design Week’s key programme, the UAE Designer Exhibition 2.0 offers centre stage to a young generation of designers in their early career with independent, emerging practices that have not been exhibited extensively before. The exhibition will feature the most relevant works of designers, makers and creatives based in the UAE, leading the discourse of development in subjects of sustainability, material exploration and craft innovation

Featuring designers living and producing locally, the exhibition will provide designers a platform to strengthen their audience base and professional network with commercial opportunities.

Designers and makers from diverse design disciplines, are invited to submit ideas and proposals to get the chance to exhibit in this year’s edition and be featured as part of a wide selection of design subjects from different levels of expertise and career stage including design research, students, makers, artisans and independent startup design practices.

Criteria:

  • Designers must reside, operate and produce in the UAE
  • This exhibition is targeting a younger generation of non-established designers with smaller and emerging practices or who haven’t been adopted by a gallery
  • Applicants can be from different cultural backgrounds and/or different design disciplines
  • Subjects discussed and presented need to have a local and or regional affiliation or relevance
  • Objects presented need to be at prototype phase already and passed the sketching / 3D renders phase
  • Works submitted shouldn’t have been exhibited extensively before.
  • Their proposals must contribute to the local supply chain
  • Designing responsibly; considering environmental and social impact
  • Innovating; proposing design concepts that disrupt traditional solutions
  • Contextuality; containing cultural references of historical or contemporary narratives

Submissions must include:

  • A minimum of one and maximum of five digital files showing the proposed concept – physical models, renderings, architectural drawings and/or sketches are encouraged.
  • A preferred layout on how the project will be exhibited
  • A description text of 300 hundred words describing the concept of the design
  • Professional biography (max 300 words)

**All images must be high quality and a maximum of 1MB. Please follow submission form guidelines.

Deadline to submit proposals is 15 August, 2021