Make Works UAE is a project of Tashkeel, a contemporary art organisation based in Dubai, UAE. Tashkeel is committed to facilitating art and design practice, creative experimentation and cross-cultural dialogue. The organisation supports the UAE’s creative community through studio facilities, artists’ residencies, international fellowships, a programme of exhibitions, events, and workshops. As part of its commitment to support locally-based creatives, Tashkeel is bridging the gap between the makers community and the creative community by investing in the Make Works UAE platform. To find out more about us and all of our activities visit [www.tashkeel.org](http://www.tashkeel.org) You can also write to us at: PO Box 122255, Nad Al Sheba 1 Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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Make Works UAE Launch & Panel Discussion

[Dubai Design Week](http://www.dubaidesignweek.ae/) 15 November, 5pm - 6pm Location: DIDI Space, Mezzanine Level, Building 4, Dubai Design District (d3) Tashkeel launches Make Works UAE with a live demonstration and panel discussion during Dubai Design Week 2017. After months of extensive research and documentation, Tashkeel reveals the platform which currently comprises 20 manufacturers, fabricators, suppliers, makers and facilities located across the United Arab Emirates. The launch will include a live demonstration plus an explanation of the registration process. Alongside a summary of the research and documentation undertaken so far and the vision of the initiative, the launch is a call to action, giving the audience a deep understanding of the potential impact it is hoped this unique resource will have on the UAE’s creative and culture industries . The presentation is followed by a panel discussion exploring the relationship between designers and makers as well as the wider issue of manufacturing in the UAE. It is moderated by Helen Voce, Make Works Regions Coordinator, and features: Lewis Adams, Creative Director and Craftsman at MadeByNative leather atelier; Darshan Soni, Design Director and Co-Founder of Apical Reform design studio; Ayah Al Bitar, Product Designer and Founder of Aya The Art of Living; and Jumana Taha, Project Coordinator of Make Works UAE and Co-Founder of Studio MUJU.


Tanween Design Programme 2017 - 2018

As part of its long-term commitment to supporting locally-based designers, Tashkeel annually selects designers from an open call for the Tanween Design Programme. The programme supports designers to develop a range of products that work towards defining a production process, design and aesthetic that responds to the Emirates. Limited edition products by the participating designers are available under Tashkeel’s product label, Tanween. Graphic designer Hala Al-Ani, interior designer Alya Sultan AlEghfeli, artist Myrtille Labrune-Ronteix and interior and furniture designer Renad Hussein will create new limited edition products through a nine month long intensive programme that includes labs, workshops and collaborations with established and respected international and local mentors. Fi Scott and Helen Voce from Make Works Scotland have both participated in the programme as mentors. The products will launch under the Tanween label in March 2018. You can learn more about the Tanween Design Programme [HERE](http://tashkeel.org/projects/tanween-design-programme-2017-18).


Lisa Ball-Lechgar, Deputy Director - Tashkeel

Arts manager, trainer, editor and writer, Lisa has been working in the creative and cultural industries of the MENA region for almost 20 years spanning foundations, festivals, publishing houses and contemporary arts organisations. She previously served as Strategic Advisor of Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation/Abu Dhabi Festival, Editor of Canvas magazine and Head of Information & International Affairs for Arts & Business. Lisa is a Fellow of the University of Glasgow. As Deputy Director of Tashkeel, she is responsible for the strategic and operational development of Tashkeel as it embarks upon its second decade of success.

Salim Ahmed, Project Coordinator - Tashkeel

Salim Ahmed is a Spatial Designer who trained at Edinburgh Napier University and holds qualifications in different fields of arts and design. Salim has a deep passion for product and furniture design that marries aesthetics and function. He currently works as the Design Project Coordinator at Tashkeel, Dubai.

Jumana Taha, Project Coordinator - Make Works UAE

Jumana is an interior and furniture designer. Her work in the commercial interior design field gave her the opportunity to explore various creative realms including bespoke furniture design and detailing, lighting design, textiles, and narrative spatial design. After participating in the Tanween by Tashkeel design programme in 2015, she decided to launch a furniture design studio called Studio MUJU with partner Mentalla Said. Her passion for manufacturing and materials led her to become the Project Coordinator for the Make Works UAE website. She continues to visit factories and meet interesting makers from all over the UAE to add to the Make Works UAE online directory.

Sami Sasso, Photographer - Make Works UAE

Sami Sasso is a freelance photographer based in Dubai, UAE. A bonafide petrolhead, Sami enjoys taking photographs of cars and writing for the UAE's Car Culture online blog.

Stephen Godenzie, Film Maker - Make Works UAE

Stephen Godenzie is a film maker and photographer based in Dubai, UAE. Stephen works for a Dubai based media production company called Film Lab, and enjoys travelling to shoot interesting landscapes and portraits.

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Established in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel is a contemporary art organisation based in Dubai committed to facilitating art and design practice, creative experimentation and cross-cultural dialogue. Placing the artist at the core, Tashkeel supports the UAE’s creative community through studio facilities, artists’ residencies, international fellowships, a programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, and annual programmes. [tashkeel.org/](http://tashkeel.org/)

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