Tashkeel Launches Makerspace for Artists and Designers

Housed in Alserkal Avenue’s Warehouse 89 (a short walk from the Tashkeel Gallery), the new Tashkeel Makerspace responds to the current demand among established and emerging creators to access a range of high-specification equipment that provides a range of processes using a variety of materials to experiment, prototype and make. From paper to textile, wood to acrylic, the Tashkeel Makerspace enables artists and designers to produce high quality pieces here in the UAE.

The Tashkeel Makerspace menu of commercial services include laser-cutting (wood, cardboard, paper, textile, and acrylic), giclée and sublimation digital printing (using state-of-the-art Epson printers and museum quality papers) and RISO printing (one of the most environmentally friendly printing methods available today)

“A key requirement for the ongoing growth of the UAE’s expanding creative and cultural industries are spaces where artists and designers can conceive, develop and deliver work. The Tashkeel Makerspace has been opened to meet this growing need,” said deputy director of Tashkeel, Lisa Ball-Lechgar. “Incubating ideas and fostering innovation have been at the heart of Tashkeel for the last 15 years. As we renovate our main centre in Nad Al Sheba, the opening of the Makerspace in the Alserkal Avenue community will allow Tashkeel to continue to nurture the continual evolution of UAE creativity.”

All the equipment in the Tashkeel Makerspace can be used by members, subject to an induction. Joining Tashkeel is easier than ever with a new fast track process. Ranging from daily, weekly and monthly levels, members become part of a community of like-minded creatives who enjoy exclusive events as well as facilities such as a communal art studio, screenprinting equipment (exposure unit, vacuum bed, washing station), etching press and heat press. With

preferential rates for printing and cutting services, members also receive guidance and support from the Tashkeel team, a weekly Art News Digest, a profile on the Tashkeel website’s ‘Artist Finder’, the chances to apply for the First Solo Residency at Tashkeel Al Fahidi, access to visiting international artists and designers-in-residence as well as mentorship, teaching and studying opportunities. Interested creators can find the Tashkeel membership form here.

The Tashkeel Makerspace is also open to the public who are welcome to build their practical skills through a seasonal programme of workshops and courses. The public can also book laser-cutting, digital and RISO printing services at the Tashkeel Makerspace

The Tashkeel Makerspace at Alserkal Avenue is open 10am to 7pm, six days a week (closed Fridays & public holidays).