The British Council has launched an award to recognise the skills of young design and fashion entrepreneurs in the UAE, as part of its international Young Creative Entrepreneurs programme.
“As per the latest UAE Ministry of Foreign Trade report, the United Nations rated the UAE among the best top ten economies, working towards establishing and recognising the contribution of the creative industries to the economy,” said Sheethal Rishi, arts project manager, British Council UAE.
“This is exactly what the British Council has been aiming to do by running the Creative Entrepreneur Awards – create awareness and strengthen the creative economy by helping forge international links for local entrepreneurs.
“We are pleased to launch the Design and Fashion sector awards again in the UAE, especially encouraged by the fact that the UAE winners have stood bright in the past years and have caught the attention of key international players,” she added.
Young professionals (between 21-40 years) already working in the design and fashion industry in the UAE for at least 3 years, and who could be involved in specified categories are encouraged to send their applications. The deadline is June 29, 2011.
Fields of work include architecture, interiors and environment; product design manufacture: furniture, industrial products and craft; fashion, textile, accessories or perfume design and production; design and fashion promotion: shows, exhibitions, festivals and events; design and fashion retail: buying and merchandising; design and fashion product research, sourcing and supply chain management; and, design and fashion marketing, PR, branding, communications, journalism and publishing.
The UAE winner will join 17 other finalists in the UK, in mid September, for a week long industry visit. The tour will include visiting the London Design Festival and London Fashion Week, including an international networking reception where participants give a short pitch about their work to delegates.
The winner will also attend group meetings to learn more about what’s happening in the UK design & fashion industry.
There will also be peer networking with the international participants and UK young fashion and design entrepreneurs, and meeting with senior UK industry figures.
Previous programmes have included: master-classes with industry figures such as Sir Terence Conran, Tom Dixon, Sir Paul Smith; meetings with design and fashion businesses such as SCP, Topshop, Selfridges; meetings and support from organisations and education institutions such as D&AD, Design Council, Architecture Association, Design Business Association, and British Fashion Council.
UAE based entrepreneurs have won the international title twice in the past: Rami Farook of Traffic Gallery won the International Young Design Entrepreneur Award in 2009 and Nayla Al Khaja won the International Young Screen Entrepreneur Award in 2010.