Tashkeel invites UAE-based artists and designers to respond to the pandemic in group exhibition

Open call to submit works for ‘COVID Conversations’ ends on October 23

Dubai, UAE – 05 October 2020 | Anxiety, reflection, confusion, peace and acceptance. Tashkeel is inviting UAE-based artists and designers to channel the gamut of emotions that they have been experiencing during the pandemic for COVID Conversations, a group exhibition that will be held from 8 December until 5 January.

“By focusing on creative acts that seek to explore, understand and process responses and reactions to the pandemic here in the UAE, the exhibition will examine the psychological impact and creativity borne from the challenges of limitation, isolation and change, whether positive or negative,” says Lisa Ball-Lechgar, the deputy director of Tashkeel.

Creatives from various disciplines, including visual artists, graphic designers and product designers can propose finished works, experimental outcomes and research undertaken since March 2020, the period when restrictions on movement and physical distancing were first introduced. Applicants can also submit collaborative works for the exhibition.

Tashkeel is looking for the translation of expression of isolation and change, explorations that have led to transformational thoughts and outcomes, documentation of personal journeys during the pandemic, introspective works and adaptation of one’s own practice to the ‘New Normal’.

COVID Conversations will take place from 8 December, 2020 at Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba. The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of talks, tours and workshops, which will be delivered both online and at Tashkeel subject to social distancing regulations.

Applicants must submit their proposals by 23 October, 10pm on submission@tashkeel.org. For more details on the submission guidelines, visit tashkeel.org.

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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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