Since its launch in 2013, the Tanween design programme at Tashkeel has contributed to the growth of the UAE design sector by investing in 26 UAE-based emerging designers from 11 countries to design and produce 35 limited edition pieces from concept to completion.

The Masterclass explored Tanween’s history and examined the unique training model behind this one-year fully funded professional development scheme for emerging product designers. Contextualised with alumni case studies, this was an ideal session for those who wish to apply for the 2021 edition of the Tanween design programme. Suitable for emerging design professionals seeking to grow their skills and embrace experimentation. The session was led by Salim Ahmed, Design Project Coordinator at Tashkeel and Lisa Ball-Lechgar, Deputy Director of Tashkeel.

About Tashkeel

Established in Dubai in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel provides a nurturing environment for art and design practice rooted in the UAE. With studios, workspaces and galleries located in both Nad Al Sheba and Al Fahidi, its annual programme includes professional development programmes, residencies, workshops, talks, lectures and exhibitions to enable creative practice, experimentation and dialogue among practitioners and the community. Tashkeel’s specialist design initiatives include the Tanween design programme, Make Works UAE, the Tanween Collection, Designer-in-Residence programme and the Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East Emergent Designer Prize.