Tashkeel will celebrate a decade of art and design by presenting new work commissioned by creatives whose careers it has helped shape and, in turn, whose practice has been part of the organisation’s growth.

The exhibition, titled 10 Years Later, will feature brand-new pieces by 16 leading artists and designers from the UAE and beyond: Afshan Daneshvar, Ammar Al Attar, Areej Kaoud, Azza Al Qubaisi, eL Seed, Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi, Hind bin Demaithan, Maitha Demithan, Majid Al Yousef, Manal Al Dowayan, Mark Pilkington, Myneandyours, Nasir Nasrallah, Ruben Sanchez, Wissam Shawkat and Zuleika Penniman.

Eight nationalities are represented among the artists, including prominent practitioners from across the UAE. Each has crossed paths with the organisation in some way, whether as a Tashkeel member, workshop instructor, artist-in-residence, or participant in a solo or group show.

Spanning a wide range of disciplines, their works take many forms, including photography, sculpture, video, calligraphy, street art and installation. The pieces commissioned for 10 Years Later will form the basis of the Tashkeel Art Collection, a new permanent resource for the organisation, which already has two centres housing a total of 3 gallery spaces, 8 studios, 19 workspaces and a reference library, among other facilities.

The exhibition will be accompanied by talks, tours, workshops and the launch of a major Tashkeel publication documenting the centre’s evolution as well as the development of the UAE art scene since 2008. Edited by Melissa Gronlund, an author and chief arts correspondent for The National, Reference Point: A History of Tashkeel and UAE Art features a Q&A with Tashkeel Founder and Director Lateefa bint Maktoum as well as essays by Anabelle de Gersigny, Beth Derderian, Kevin Jones, Mark Pilkington, Mishaal Al Gergawi, and Riem Ibrahim. The book will be available from Tashkeel (Nad Al Sheba) as well as on its stands at Fully Booked, Alserkal Avenue (19–24 March) and Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah (21–24 March).

10 Years Later: Portfolio vs Profile Building
Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba
Tuesday 3 April 2018 | 6–9pm

A session with ‘10 Years Later’ artist Areej Kaoud exploring constructive criticism around the term of ‘artist’ and profile versus portfolio.

10 Years Later: Photo Walk with Ammar Al Attar
Meet at House 10, Al Fahidi
Saturday 7 April 2018 | 10am–12pm

Bring a camera and join photographer Ammar Al Attar for a fascinating photo walk through Bur Dubai.

10 Years Later: Paper Boats Workshop
Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba
Saturday 7 April 2018 |10–11.30am

Join ‘10 Years Later’ artist Afshan Daneshvar and make boats out of recycled paper. Suitable for ages 3–7.

10 Years Later: In Conversation I
Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba
Saturday 7 April 2018 | 7–8.30pm

Ammar Al Attar, Maitha Demithan and Mark Pilkington talk about their divergent photographic practices and the unifying thread of working in the UAE. Moderated by Kathryn Best, Associate Professor, American University of Sharjah.

10 Years Later: In Conversation II
Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba
Sunday 15 April 2018 | 7-8.30pm

Hind Bin Demaithan and Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi discuss their ongoing explorations into memory and recollection using collage and ephemera.

10 Years Later: Casting with Cuttlefish Workshop
Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba
Tuesday 17 April 2018 | 6–9pm

Run by Emirati artist Azza Al Qubaisi, create moulds for metals using cuttlefish bone, prized for use in jewellery.

10 Years Later: Intro to Calligraphy Workshop
Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba
Saturday 21 April 2018 | 3-6pm

Join Majid Alyousef and Wissam Shawkat for the basics of composition, letter connections and the calligraphy pen through Arabic styles and scripts.

10 Years Later: In Conversation III
Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba
Saturday 21 April 2018 | 7–8.30pm

Fellow calligraphers Majid Alyousef and Wissam Shawkat sit down for a conversation on Arabic scripts and innovating tradition. (In Arabic)

10 Years Later: Workshop with eL Seed
Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba
Saturday 28 April 2018 | 11am–5pm

Join ‘10 Years Later’ artist eL Seed for a practical workshop that explores the possibilities of graffiti and street art.

10 Years Later: In Conversation IV
Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba
Saturday 28 April 2018 | 7–8.30pm

eL Seed and Myneandyours talk about their growth, practice, experiences of creating work in the public realm here in the UAE.

Exhibited Artworks