Celebrating 15 Years of empowering art and design, ‘Made in Tashkeel’ 2023 opens this Summer

The beginning of the UAE summer is marked each year, with the highly anticipated collection of the artworks curated for the ‘Made in Tashkeel’ exhibition. This year’s exhibition – the largest ever – celebrates the impact of Tashkeel on the UAE sector over 15 years – including work from longtime members, instructors, artists-in-residence, workshop participants and past exhibitors. Tashkeel invites visitors to join in marking this milestone by experiencing the show which opens on Tuesday 20 June at 6pm and runs until 5 September at its gallery in Alserkal Avenue.

Curating an exhibition that accurately captures the spirit of Tashkeel for over 15 years was a notable priority for its Founder and Director, HH Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum. The selected works cover a range of mediums: mixed media, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, jewellery, photography and graphic design. The wide range of artists represent Tashkeel’s continuous commitment to nurturing the skills and knowledge, beginning with national talent, residents of the UAE and further extending its resources to international creators. Over 25 Emirati artists are featured in this year’s showcase including: Maktoum Marwan Al Maktoum, Wafa Hasher bint Maktoum, Salama Al Falacy, Mubarak Al Rashidi, Rashid Al Mulla, Ali Al Ali, Sulafa Al Sayyah, Hamda Al Falasi, Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, Faisal Al Rais, Maitha Bughanoum, Ola Allouz, Khalid Al Ali, Hamad Alshamsi, Mouza Al Mansoori, Amal Al Remeithi, Abdulla Lutfi, Rasha Saffarini, Ola Aburrob, Camelia Moheibi, Shamma Buhazza, Hanadi Badow.

Fellow UAE-based artists in the exhibition hail from the following nations: UK, Spain, Germany, India, Iraq, Jordan, Iran, Japan, Palestine, Mexico, Egypt, USA, Syria, Pakistan, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Lebanon, Oman, Chile, Singapore, Bahrain, Yemen, France, Russia, China, Turkey, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Belgium, South Africa, Zambia.

“As a recognised hub for art and design in the region, Tashkeel’s main goal is to provide facilities, spaces and programmes that enable our members and the wider practitioner community to explore vast creative opportunities and deliver their best work,” says Lisa Ball-Lechgar, Tashkeel’s Deputy Director.

“The opportunities and resources we provide are also to keep artistic expression accessible for persons of all ages and abilities.” Continues, Ball-Lechgar. This year’s exhibition will display new works by artists of determination, Abdulla Lutfi – Emirati and longtime member of Tashkeel – and Victor Sitali, a Zambian-born artist, based in Tashkeel Al Fahidi studios. Also, this year Lavanya Chadpukar (12 years) and Morvarid Mohammed (15 years) will be the youngest artists with work featured in the exhibition, reflecting Tashkeel’s annual youth programme of workshops and seasonal camps.

Coinciding with its opening on 20 June, guests will also be invited to tour the Tashkeel Makerspace in Unit 89 of Alserkal Avenue, which opens its doors for the first time. This new facility offers a wide range of services to members and non-members including printing and cutting services and access to a communal fine art studio as well as specialist equipment for making artworks, prototyping designs and material experimentation.

‘Made in Tashkeel’ 2023, will be open to the public from Wednesday 21 June until 8 September 2023 in Unit 58, Tashkeel Gallery, Alserkal Avenue. Artist-led Guided Tours will be from 11am-12pm & 12-1pm on Sundays July 2, July 16, August 13.