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Tanween design programme 2022: Sustainability edition

Submission deadline: 10pm, Saturday 4 December 2021

After the success of 2021’s design x science edition, the ninth Tanween design programme continues the focus on sustainability, addressing one of thhe 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 the issue of sustainability. Applications for Tanween 2022 are welcome from pairs (a designer/artist with an engineer/ scientist) as well as design practitioners who wish to work with manufacturers, fabricators and suppliers during the programme.

Tanween supports participants in design enquiry, material research and experimentation as well as exploring the process and development of prototypes, leading to the development of a sustainable and functional product that will be debuted at Dubai Design Week. The programme draws on a wide range of resources unique to the UAE, including locally based manufacturers, fabricators and artisans as well as leaders in sustainability. Through a series of LABs, field trips and review sessions, participants engage in group, pair and individual work, experimental practice, collaborative practice, constructive critical feedback, investigations 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 Tanween design programme was initiated in 2013 by Tashkeel and the late Roanne Dods, co-producer of Small is Beautiful. Alumni include Alya Al Eghfeli (UAE), Amer Aldour (UAE), Abdalla AlMulla (UAE), Eman Shafiq (Pakistan), Hala Al Ani (Iraq), Hamza Omari (Jordan), Hatem Hatem (Iraq), Ibbini Studio (UK/Jordan), Khawla Mohammed Al Balooshi (UAE), Lana El Samman (Lebanon/Canada), Latifa Saeed (UAE), Lina Ghalib (Egypt), Lujain Abulfaraj (KSA), Lujaine Rezk (Egypt), Myrtille Ronteix (France), Nada Abu Shaqra (Palestine), Neda Salmanpour (Iran), Nuhayr Zein (Egypt), Rand Abdul Jabbar (Iraq), Renad Hussein (Jordan), Saher Oliver Samman (UK), Salem Al Mansoori (UAE), Studio MUJU (UK/Egypt), Talin Hazbar (Syria), Tasneem Tinawi (Syria), Yara Habib (Lebanon/Canada), Zeinab Al Hashemi (UAE), Zuleika Penniman (USA/Lebanon).


Kevin S. Badni is the Head of the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University. Previously, he was the Head of Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Product Design from Loughborough University and his Master’s in Multimedia Design from De Montfort University in the UK. Before becoming an academic, Badni spent ten years as a professional designer working in the design industry, including managing the UK’s first commercial Virtual Reality centre. His main research area of interest is the personal perceptions of vision; he has had his art exhibited in galleries in the UK, Australia, America, Colombia, Italy and the UAE.

Helen Voce is a supporter of creative people and creative industries. As an independent project manager, event and programme producer in the creative industries she works locally, nationally, internationally and voluntarily from her base in Scotland. She designs, facilitates and produces opportunities, initiatives and spaces in which creative practitioners, microbusinesses and projects can realise their full artistic and business potential. Her professional specialism and personal interest is contemporary craft and design. Amongst other things, Voce is Regions Coordinator at Make Works, Co-Producer of Applied Arts Scotland’s Digital Craft Toolkit for the British Council {Thailand} and a Board Member of Fife Contemporary. Previous roles include business development programme / workshop facilitator and mentor at Emergents, Open Project Fund Assessor at Creative Scotland, Mentor on the British Crafts Council’s Hothouse development programme for emerging makers and Crafts Programme Producer at Cove Park, Scotland’s international artists’ residency centre. A postgraduate of the Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum’s MA in the History of Design and Material Cultural, 1650 to the present, Voce has previously worked for Cultural Enterprise Office, the British Crafts Council and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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