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Tashkeel Invites UAE-based Creatives to Respond to the Pandemic in Group Exhibition

Open call to submit works for ‘COVID Conversations’ ends on October 23
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Anxiety, reflection, confusion, peace and acceptance. Tashkeel is inviting UAE-based artists and designers to channel the gamut of emotions that they have been experiencing during the pandemic for COVID Conversations, a group exhibition that will be held from 8 December until 5 January.


“By focusing on creative acts that seek to explore, understand and process responses and reactions to the pandemic here in the UAE, the exhibition will examine the psychological impact and creativity borne from the challenges of limitation, isolation and change, whether positive or negative,” says Lisa Ball-Lechgar, the deputy director of Tashkeel.


Creatives from various disciplines, including visual artists, graphic designers and product designers can propose finished works, experimental outcomes and research undertaken since March 2020, the period when restrictions on movement and physical distancing were first introduced. Applicants can also submit collaborative works for the exhibition.


Tashkeel is looking for the translation of expression of isolation and change, explorations that have led to transformational thoughts and outcomes, documentation of personal journeys during the pandemic, introspective works and adaptation of one’s own practice to the ‘New Normal’.


COVID Conversations will take place from 8 December, 2020 at Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba. The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of talks, tours and workshops, which will be delivered both online and at Tashkeel subject to social distancing regulations.


Applicants must submit their proposals by 23 October, 10pm on For more details on the submission guidelines, visit

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