Tashkeel Fab Lab
Established in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel is a not-for-profit organisation based in Dubai committed to facilitating innovation, particularly in art and design practice, supporting creative experimentation and cross-cultural dialogue.
Tashkeel supports the UAE’s creative community through studio facilities, residencies, international fellowships, a programme of exhibitions, events and professional, educational as well as recreational workshops. The facilities include a digital lab, 3D lab (including large scale laser cutter), darkrooms, print studios (lino, litho, screen printing and etching), library, individual and communal studio spaces.
Tashkeel currently runs up to three residencies a year, along with 6 residencies in conjunction with partner entities - Delfina Foundation London, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Art Dubai. Encouraging the exchange of ideas between international and local practitioners, the non-prescriptive and process-based nature of the residencies allows visiting artists to develop projects in response to their new context, or to conduct research benefiting from Tashkeel’s resources. Residencies generally culminate in an exhibition, accompanied by activities such as talks and seminars, aiming to introduce the general public to international artists and their practice.
Tashkeel’s exhibition space accommodates up to five main projects a year, as well as a series of small-scale events. The programme includes solo and thematic exhibitions, screenings, workshops and seminars, fulfilling Tashkeel’s commitment to bringing art and culture to a wider audience and engaging the local community.
We partner with both international and UAE based institutions - providing participants of their varied projects with free access to all our facilities and in exchange they host workshops or talks in their various disciplines - including, Architecture Association Visiting School, PAL Labs UK, NYU Abu Dhabi, Zayed University and American University of Sharjah. We also run both professional development and school workshops supporting students and professionals from a range of disciplines.