Exterior view of Tashkeel, Dubai, 2009. Photo: Zahra Pedram
Established in Dubai by Lateefa bint Maktoum in January 2008, Tashkeel is an independent resource for artists and designers. Tashkeel members are able to access extensive communal studio facilities for painting, photography (darkroom and studio), printmaking, textile printing, and jewelry-making, as well as a Mac lab for digital printing and 3-D practices. In addition, there are up-to-date journals and a reference library, as well as a members’ room and a gallery that is open to the public. In January 2011, Tashkeel opened a second facility in Dubai’s heritage area of Bastakiya, providing four individual artist studios and a dedicated members’ gallery.
Tashkeel also organizes workshops in creative practice, led by practicing artists and open to both members and non-members. It works in collaboration with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Art Dubai, and the Delfina Foundation, London, to offer an annual artist-in-residency program.
Tashkeel’s primary mission is to support, encourage, and promote the work of artists of all nationalities living and working in the United Arab Emirates. It is committed to facilitating art and design practice, cross-cultural dialogue, and creative exchange.