Tashkeel is proud to announce the 4 designers Eman Shafiq, Nuhayr Zein Elmessalami, Tasnim Tinawi, and Khawla Mohammed Al Balooshi selected for the eighth edition of Tanween. The designers were handpicked from 58 applications to undertake a year-long, fully-funded professional training programme in product design, led by local and international mentors. Participants will embark on a journey of research and experimentation to define a product concept inspired by the UAE, which will then be developed into a prototype. Successful prototypes will be manufactured in the Emirates and launched at Dubai Design Week 2021.

In keeping with the design and science theme of the programme this year, the cohort will collaborate with UAE-based engineers and scientists to enhance their research capability, knowledge and understanding of sustainable and problem-solving design.

Tashkeel began providing professional training in product design in 2011, first in collaboration with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and the Creative Dialogue Association, Barcelona (Spain) and then with PAL Labs (UK). It launched the Tanween design programme in 2013 and debuted the first designed products from it at Design Days Dubai.

Since its inception, the programme has trained 26 designers and manufactured 39 limited-edition furniture and lighting pieces, a selection of which are featured in the Tanween Collection, available for purchase.


Helen Voce

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. Voce is Regions Co-Ordinator 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.

Kevin Badni

Kevin S. Badni is the Dean of College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University. He received his Bachelors degree in Product Design from Loughborough University and his Masters in Multimedia Design from De Montfort University in the UK. Before becoming an academic, Kevin 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.

Rock Galpin

Rock is a Product/Furniture Designer, Creative Director and Design Educator with 30 years of experience. He has exhibited his design work in over 40 exhibitions and trade shows worldwide. He has been the Senior Associate Lecturer on the BA Product Design and MA Design (Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery) degree courses at Central Saint Martins (London) and mentored on its MA Industrial Design course.

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