Arts Collaboratory

Disarming Design from Palestine | Deadline: Monday, July 6th, 2015

Open call for Palestinian Artist & Designers

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The third Create-Shop by 15 Palestinian artists and designers, and 5 master students from the Sandberg Instituut, The Netherlands
The show "Design Column #9 Conflicted" in the museum for Contemporary Art 'Boijmans van Beuningen", Rotterdam

Deadline: Monday, July 6th, 2015

25 August - 10 September 2015

The Project

Disarming Design from Palestine is an inclusive design label that presents useful products from Palestine. The goods are designed by Palestinian and international designers and made in Palestine by local producers and artisans. During yearly ‘create-shops’, new useful products are developed out of existing production processes. The collection is presented and items are sold locally and internationally through exhibitions, presentations, mobile shops and a webshop.

The Create-Shop

The aim of the create-shop is to develop useful products that reflect upon Palestinian reality and can be produced in Jerusalem. The create-shop is a collaborative process with high emphasis on creativity, collaboration, production and quality. Participants experiment and develop ideas collectively, engage in discussions and are introduced to different Palestinian craft workshops. The create-shop will be hosted in the workshop space at Al Ma’mal foundation, and includes guest lectures, screenings, visits to a variety of Palestinian artisans and workshops in and around Jerusalem, a guided tour through the Old City, some field trips to the West Bank, some collective lunches and other relevant activities. Computers to work on will be provided by Al Ma’mal, sketching material should be brought by the participants. Each participant is requested to collaborate with the local producers to develop prototypes for his/her designs. The create-shop course is guided and organized by Disarming Design (Annelys de Vet (Designer, director DDFP, NL/B) and Sami Khaldi (Executive Director DDFP, PS)) and includes critics by independent curators, artists and designers including Jumana Abboud (artist and director Al Ma’mal, PS), Aline Khoury (Education Coordinator Al Ma’mal, PS), Yazan Khalili (artist, PS) and Rudy Luijters (artist, NL/B).


We are looking for contemporary Palestinian designers, artists and students with an interest in crafts and production, who are able to rethink products from a conceptual approach, who have an open, curious and collaborative mentality and who are able to commit themselves full time in Jerusalem during the duration of the create-shop. Participants are required to develop at least one prototype of a new useful product, that has been discussed with other participants and workshop guiders. The prototype should be produced in the course of the create-shop. Additionally a technical drawing of the final product needs to be delivered, including a title and a description of the idea of the product(s). The total number of participants is limited to 15; five are master students of the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, and 10 are Palestinian designers and artists. It’s also possible to apply as a duo, where the full time commitment and fees are shared.

How to apply

Please send in your motivation statement in which you describe why you are interested in participating in the workshop and if you already have a specific interest (for instance in a certain subject, production method or kind of products). We would also like to see more of your work, preferably via a pdfportfolio or a link to on-line works. You can provide us this information via the following google-form:


Deadline for application is 6th July 2015. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their motivation and portfolio. All applicants will be informed on Thursday 9th July 2015. More information:

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