Over the last six years, Art Dubai, the leading international art fair in the MENASA (Middle East/North Africa/South Asia), has become a cornerstone of the region’s booming contemporary art community. In 2012, Art Dubai welcomed 22,500 visitors – including 75 international museums groups - and hosted 75 galleries from 32 countries.
Art Dubai takes place in March at Madinat Jumeirah. Besides the gallery halls, the fair's extensive programme includes commissioned projects and performances, artists' and curators' residencies, educational workshops, the unveiling of works by the winners of the annual Abraaj Capital Art Prize winners and the critically acclaimed Global Art Forum.
Bloomingdale's is America's only nationwide, full-line, upscale department store. It was founded in 1872 and operates 40 stores across the U.S.www.bloomingdales.combrownbook
Bloomingdales Dubai is the first store to open outside the States, and can be found on three levels in Dubai Mall.
The store's merchandise assortment, upscale ambience and high level of customer service will be similar to Bloomingdale's in the United States, while being sensitive to local preferences and customs.
Bloomingdales Dubai will house a unique Gallery section to feature exclusive work by selected Tashkeel artists.
brownbook magazine is a quintessential urban guide to the Middle East, published in Dubai and distributed to 75 cities throughout the region and internationally.www.brownbook.aeFontLabwww.fontlab.comRivington Grill
Established in 2007, brownbook has developed into a niche magazine in the Middle East covering design, architecture, fashion, culture and travel.
brownbook endeavors to unearth unique and compelling stories and document the creative and urban scene of the region.
Tashkeel hosted a brownbook event in June 2008 to launch the ‘Urban Artist Issue’, and was awarded the 2009 brownbook urban award for ‘Workshops’.
Rivington Grill serves a simple seasonal British menu of familiar and some not-so-familiar dishes centered around well sourced produce, harvesting responsibly from land and sea. Located in Souk Al Bahar, Dubai, the terrace of Rivington Grill enjoys unparalleled views of the iconic Burj Khalifa with breathtaking waterways and fountains in the foreground.www.rivingtongrill.aeShelter
David O’Brien and Emmanuel Sabater from Caprice Holdings approached Tashkeel to provide a collection of artworks by Dubai based artists, the selection includes work by Gita Meh, Jalal Abuthina, Hussain Al Numairy and Tashkeel director Lateefa bint Maktoum.
Rivington deem it to be distinctly important to work with cutting edge local artists which coincides with the Rivington Shoreditch and Rivington Greenwich restaurants in London.
Shelter is a first of its kind community workspace that allows individuals from various creative disciplines to engage in an environment that nurtures entrepreneurial small businesses. Shelter is a medium for forward thinkers, creatives and intellectuals to connect and exchange ideas; converting those interactions into commercial services and products through subsidized work spaces. www.shelter.aeShufflegazine
Tashkeel has a reciprocal arrangement with Shelter, offering 10% membership and workshop discounts to members of shelter.
Shufflegazine – published by Centimetercube Dubai, UAE – is a bi-lingual magazine covering all aspects of an Apple lifestyle in the Middle East, including Mac, iPod, iPhone, and related technologies, accessories, software, and more. We do this by informing, educating, interacting, and entertaining Apple fans and users around the region, in print as well as online.www.shufflegazine.comSTART
Omran Al-Owais, director of Centimetercube and Editor-in-Chief of Shufflegazine, was one of Tashkeels first members, and is a regular workshop participant and exhibitor. Tashkeel hosted the Mac Users group from Spring 2008-August 2009.
Tashkeel Director, Lateefa bint Maktoum is the honorary patron of START. START is a programme that links child development with arts education.www.startworld.orgThe Delfina Foundation
Launched in March 2007 START brings art into the lives of socio-economically and culturally deprived children throughout the Middle East, and uniquely encourages artists to become volunteers in the field of humanitarian aid and education. START uses art as a means to heal, educate and empower the younger generation in disadvantaged areas in the Middle East and elsewhere by giving them a voice through the universal expression of art, by engaging them with their communities and their peers, and by teaching them a sense of self-worth.
In March 2008, Tashkeel worked with START and the artist Sacha Jafri to provide a series of workshops, ‘Painting My City’. The first two of these workshops were held at Tashkeel, with three further workshops being held for young visitors at Art Dubai. Tashkeel has also contributed sponsorship to the children’s ‘Art Festival in Palestine’, held in December 2009.
The Delfina Foundation facilitates artistic exchanges and dialogue between the UK and the Middle East & North Africa via a programme of artistic residencies and related public events. Our public programme (including talks & exhibitions) provides platforms for artists to explore common areas of practice, showcase their work and look at the link between the arts and civic society.www.delfinafoundation.comThinking Cloud
Renowned art patron Delfina Entrecanales established the foundation as the successor to Delfina Studios Trust. Over its 20-year existence, Delfina Studios became Britain’s largest artist residency space and earned an unprecedented reputation in the arts world. As a charitable and non-political organisation, The Delfina Foundation aims to develop the next generation of international artists.
Laura Trelford of Art Dubai, & Sonia Brewin, Director of START conceived Thinking Cloud in 2007. It is a free discussion forum focusing on the visual arts open to all. Discussions are regularly held, each in a different location in the UAE with a new topic to be discussed by diverse panelists. There was also a Thinking Cloud event held in London, October 2008 during Freize at the Photographers Gallery.www.thinkingcloud.org
Tashkeel provided sponsorship for three scholarships for Thinking Cloud’s Cross Cultural Project, between UAE students and students from London during Freize, October 2009.