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Keep the creative juices flowing with Tashkeel’s at-home art initiative

Tashkeel presents at-home DIY kits and virtual courses for creatives of all ages this summer

The Covid-19 pandemic has allowed us to explore new ways of staying productive and broadening our creative horizons from the comfort of our very own homes. Art hub Tashkeel draws on our new normal to launch a unique summer programme of virtual courses and live lectures for art and design practitioners. Comprising at-home activities for young creatives and online sessions for adults, the programme will run throughout the summer months until September.

Junior art enthusiasts can make the most of summer activity boxes that will allow for creative enquiry and critical thinking with a different theme each week. The boxes will be delivered to your doorstep and offer a range of activities, including printmaking, weaving, traditional animation and mask making among others.

Adults can join leading art and design professionals as they address a range of intriguing techniques and highly relevant issues to nurture ongoing exploration, experimentation and innovation amid a new normality.

For young creatives: Tashkeel Summer Activity Boxes AED275+VAT per box (includes delivery)

Box 1 – July 5: Fun with Flora and Fauna  Box 2 – July 12 – Fibrous Vessels Box 3 – July 19 – Emotional Motion Box 4 – July 26: Playful Printing Box 5 – August 9: Wonderful Weaving Box 6 – August 16 – Paper Perspectives

Also for young creatives: Tashkeel Discipline Focus Free to view with a new theme every two weeks at disciplinefocus.com

Ideal for young creatives who are curious about art and design, these online learning packs focus on printmaking, painting, illustration, graphic design, product design, crafts, textile, photography and calligraphy through tutorials, artist talks and articles curated from around the web.

For adult practitioners: Artists Working Through Crisis Every Saturday, July 4 – September 26 AED975+VAT per place

Join independent arts writer and consultant Kevin Jones for Tashkeel’s first online course. Divided into three sections (assessing, reflecting, articulating), the course aim to spark frank and liberating conversations in a safe space. Focusing on lived experiences, participants will explore writing as a therapeutic tool and formulate new ways of positioning and representing their creative practices. Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

Also for adult practitioners: Tashkeel Live Lectures Monthly, June – August AED50+VAT per registration

A monthly online lecture series to explore the intersection of art, design, environment and science with leading experts and practitioners. Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

June 22, 7pm (UAE): Fermentation by Inês Neto dos Santos

Artist Inês Neto dos Santos presents how fermentation can be a gateway through space and time and a route towards reclaiming means of production.

July 20, 7pm (UAE): Arish by Dr. Sandra Piesik

The celebrated Arish expert and author presents an inspiring lecture exploring how the use of Arish (date palm leaves) in art and design could have a significant role to play in the post – COVID-19 world, particularly in the Green Recovery and social issues.

For further details, visit tashkeel.org

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