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  • Tashkeel Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba 1 Dubai UAE (map)

Nad Al Sheba


Mind the Gap


Mind the Gap is a group exhibition through open call, which focuses on a culmination of different makers coming together in one place, based on the values of story-telling. The gallery at Tashkeel changes from a static space to a research lab of thoughts, feelings and expressions that bring together a group of people diverse in age, nationality, and background. Mind the Gap is not only an exhibition but will also include an arts programme corresponding to a gap in society, seeking out new and unusual settings for people’s work.


Out of an overwhelming number of submissions, 25 artists have been selected to exhibit their work in mediums including photography, film, printmaking, writing, and installation. In addition, 5 creatives will support the exhibition through a series of programmes, including workshops, talks, and presentations. The programmes are an important component of the overall exhibition that provide greater opportunity for interaction and exploration of the conceptual and experiential features of the exhibition.


Through the open call, we urged people to observe cultural differences and similarities, question, interrogate and illuminate the cultural gaps in our everyday life. With the right context for creativity – and a critical attitude towards it – these gaps, rather than being perceived as problems, could be seen as opportunities. What if we can help bridge communities, generations and knowledge? What if we can narrow the differences between societies? What if we can transfer creativity that transcends boundaries?


Exhibiting Artists: Afra Al Dhaheri, Aisha Al Blooshi, Amal Al Gurg, Amer Aldour, Ayman Zedani, Canay / Canbek, Carles Llonch Molina, Jalal Jamal Bin Thaneya, Jonny Farrow, Katie Venner-Woodbridge, Mays Albeik, Mobius Design Studio, Nasir Nasrallah, Noush Anand, Nujoom Alghanem, Omran Alowais, Owais Husain, Rachael Kewley, Rami Alotaibi, Romy Ravindran, Salem Al-Mansoori, Shamma Buhazza, Taqwa Alnaqbi, Tom Baggaley, Upcycling Art Collaborative

Supporting Programming: Caroline Charles Firket, Elham Shafaei, Judy Nolan, Mirzam Chocolate Makers, Sara Berti



Established in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel is a contemporary art organisation based in Dubai that facilitates art and design practice through studio facilities, artists’ residencies, exhibitions, events and professional as well as recreational workshops.


Tashkeel has a number of well-equipped communal studios. These include the following: photography studio and dark room, printmaking, textiles printing, a full digital/Mac suite and high grade printing facilities, including a Risograph printer, a jewellery making and 3D workshop, complete with a laser cutter and 3D printer.


As part of its commitment to supporting locally-based designers, Tashkeel runs the annual Tanween Design Programme, supporting UAE-based designers to develop a range of products that exemplify design innate to the Emirates. Final products are showcased during Design Days Dubai and available under Tashkeel’s design product label ‘Tanween’.


Tashkeel also hosts the Critical Practice Programme, a project that aims to provide sustained and empowering support to artists to develop their work in an environment that encourages progressive experimentation and cross-discipline exchange. The programme feeds into Tashkeel’s exhibition schedule with participating artists exhibiting their work in the Tashkeel gallery.


Event Information:

1 March - 6 April 2017

Location: Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba 1

Open: Saturdays – Thursdays, 10:00 – 22:00

04 – 3363313



Image captions:

Ayman Zadani, 2016, pastel, charcoal, sand, ink on Cotman watercolour paper, 56 x 76 cm

Earlier Event: February 27
Etihad (Union) Museum
Later Event: March 4
The Majlis Gallery