Tashkeel has selected its largest cohorts yet for its two key professional development programmes.
For the the sixth iteration of its Critical Practice Programme, for early-career visual artists in the UAE, it received 75 applications. Six artists have been selected to receive up to one year of training, mentorship, studio support, critique, development, and artwork production.
The CPP artists also get solo exhibitions scheduled for the second half of 2022 and into 2023 as a kind of demonstration of their progress.
The CPP cohort for this year.
- Jamal Tayara Baroudy (Lebanon) will be experimenting with natural pigments for printing, incorporating textile art and animation with research into flora and soil in the UAE.
- Nasser and Mariam Al Zayani (Bahrain) intend to collectively explore the ways in which their past experiences overlap and contradict one another.
- Shamma Al Amri (UAE) will focus on production and materiality rather than her past empahsis on conceptual research.
- Shazia Salam (India) intends to test the limits of materiality – what can it interact with? What relationships does it draw on? How can it be challenged?
- Sophiya Khwaja (Pakistan) aims to bring printmaking back to her practice, incorporating digital printing and intaglio in her work.
Tashkeel has also named the latest recipients of its Tanween design programme. The selected six UAE based designers will be collaborating with engineers and scientists over the next eleven months as they research, experiment and ultimately deliver an innovative, functional design outcome with sustainability as a defining element.
This too is the largest ever cohort for the programme. The six:
- Ebrahim Assur (South Africa) aims to explore the properties and creative potential of wood
- Huda Al Aithan (Saudi Arabia):aims to explore the potential of khoos (date palm fronds) for both sustainable product design practice and also as a way of preserving skills and providing economic development for traditional craftswomen
- Reema Al Mheiri (UAE) intends to explore the integration of biological ecosystems with human-centric spaces – to facilitate production of feasible, nature-centric designs and extend sustainable solutions to inherent cultural practices
- Shaza Khalil (Egypt) will continue her research into Kombucha fabric and especially to solve issues around durability, flexibility and tensile strength
- Sara Abu Farha (Jordan) and Khaled Shalkha (Russia) intend to explore the design potential and capability of the date seed as a design material