We are pleased to be launching the call for entries for the eighth edition of the Tanween design programme. 2021 marks a special edition of the Tanween design programme, one that will seek to address fundamental challenges facing the world today. The call is open to designers, artists, engineers and scientists living and working in the UAE who wish to embark on a journey of research and experimentation, training and mentoring that results in the creation of an innovative, functional design outcome that addresses a current challenge facing society or the environment.

Applications for Tanween 2021 are welcome from pairs (a designer/artist with an engineer/scientist) as well as individuals who wish to work with manufacturers, fabricators and suppliers during the programme. Tanween draws on a wide range of resources unique to the UAE, from locally based manufacturers, fabricators and artisans to myriad materials including textiles, wood and marble. Through a series of LABs and supporting working sessions, participants engage in group, pair and individual work, experimental practice, collaborative practice, constructive critical feedback, investigation of new business models, reflection and evaluation.

The Tanween design programme is led by Tashkeel with contemporary design project specialist Helen Voce (UK) and local mentor Kevin Badni with contributions from UAE-based and international design professionals.



The call is open to all designers, artists, engineers and scientists living and working in the UAE who:
• Are over the age of 21 as of 1 March 2020.
• Are interested in working in any design discipline.
• Currently reside in the UAE.


Entries must be submitted by 10pm Saturday 5 December 2020 with the subject ‘TANWEEN 2021 – APPLICATION’ to [email protected] org. Please submit files of 10MB or more via


Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Completed application form (including statement outlining approach and influences; highlighting areas applicant wishes to explore during the programme).
  • Images of 6 –10 recent works, in digital format (jpg, max. 4MB file size/no min) and resolution between 1000 x 1000 pixels (min) and 3000 x 3000 pixels (max).

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