Zayed University Participates in Alserkal Avenue: A Week of Design and Making

Walter Willems with CACE students and graduates

CACE inaugurated “showCACE: design discussions from an Emirati perspective”

Walter Willems with CACE students and graduates
Walter Willems with CACE students and graduates

Dubai, UAE: The College of Arts and Creative Enterprises (CACE) at Zayed University inaugurated showCACE, a pop-up project as part of Assembly- a week of design and making at Warehouse 61 at Alserkal Avenue, on Sunday evening in Dubai.  

In parallel with Dubai Design Week, Alserkal Avenue announced Assembly, a week of design and making that ran from October 23rd and will end on 29th. The design-focused program will feature exhibitions and events that will highlight the most innovative designers and makers both regional and global.

The College of Arts and Creative Enterprises aims to develop graduates who are leaders and innovators in the field of art and design practice and graduates who will continue significantly to the cultural fabric of the UAE.  

Ann-Maree Reaney, Dean of the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, said: “Our intensive and rigorous art, design, new media and exhibition programs are practice based and industry- engaged. Our faculty utilizes the latest teaching methodologies, underpinned by cutting-edge technology and an innovative learning environment, to inspire a new generation of creative thinkers.”

She added: “Our graduates are the new up and coming artists, designers, gallery curators, educators, art policy makers and arts administrators, and it is through our graduates that we aspire to foster and build a vibrant art and design community in the UAE and abroad. Art and design are major contributors to a nation’s creative economy and in the establishment of a global identity, they are a country’s greatest export.

A special thanks to Alserkal Avenue for hosting CACE and Zayed University during the Assembly, in celebration of Dubai Design Week 2016.”

From 25-29 October, the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises will present showCACE: design discussions from an Emirati perspective, which will see current students and recent graduates participating from Zayed University.

Moreover, the CACE will organize a panel discussion with the participation of its professors and students, to focus on emerging female designers entering the creative industries in the UAE.

“Zayed University’s CACE presents the future of emerging young female Emirati design thinkers. As the culture within the Emirates evolves, emerging artists and designers must consider the scope of the nation’s needs, cultural heritage and social impact. Therefore, this panel discussion will focus on the mentor-student relationship in the fields of the graphic design, interior design and visual art exploring the challenges they encounter in their own communities,” Walter Willems, Exhibition Coordinator at CACE, said.

Assembly will feature a rich mix of talks, workshops, book launches and special events in Nadi Al Quoz, located in Warehouse 90 in the Avenue. These programs will draw upon the intricacies of design and making, tying them together with the closely related fields of architecture, urban planning and other creative practices.

About Zayed University:

Zayed University is today the premier national university in the United Arab Emirates and a regional leader in educational innovation and change. It has created and implemented a skills-rich, outcome-based general education program that systemically develops student skills, knowledge, and values associated with liberal learning and provided a solid foundation for pursuit of disciplinary majors and future careers. Zayed University welcomes national and international students, and provides them with a high quality education, offered by seasoned teaching scholars to prepare them to shape the future of the United Arab Emirates.

Zayed University offers Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in the following Colleges: College of Arts & Creative Enterprises (recognized as substantially equivalent by NASAD), College of Business (Accredited by AACSB), College of Communication & Media Sciences (Accredited by ACEJMC), College of Education (Accredited by NCATE), College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Health Sciences, and College of Technological Innovation (Accredited by ABET).