1971 Gallery Space - Inaugural exhibition

ZERO: Inaugural show at the non-profit design gallery on Flag Island, Sharjah, UAE. Local designers using recycled or sustainable materials, 11 March - 23 May 2015.
Apr 2015

"ZERO" is the inaugural exhibition at 1971 Gallery Space, Maraya Art Centre’s new non-profit design gallery on Sharjah's Flag Island. The exhibition presents newly commissioned projects by local designers working with eco-friendly materials. The designers were selected through an open call launched in partnership with Bee'ah, in January 2015. UAE-based designers and architects were invited to submit proposals for design projects that use recycled or sustainable materials which have only a limited impact on the environment. The call out was open to designers working in any field, from interiors and installations to research.

The title is taken from the ambition of Bee'ah waste management centre in Sharjah to achieve a state of ‘zero waste’, where nothing used goes into landfill, it rather becomes energy or new material.

Thirteen winners were selected from around forty applications:

Abdalla Almulla
Ali Al Sammarrie
Ammar Kalo
Annarita Cornaro & Valerio de Divitiis (Codesign)
Christine Yogiaman & Ken Tracy (YO_CY)
Faysal Tabbarah & Khawla Alhashimi & Nada Taryam
Iman Abdel Shahid Ibrahim
Ivan Parati (Caravan)
Patrick Rhodes Students - Monsters - Design Foundations Class
Raya Al Ani (RAW NYC)
Reem Hantoush
Talin Hazbar
Abir Mnasria & Zaina Khayyat (Attic Studio)

The designers demonstrate how the detritus of daily life in the UAE, such as cardboard tubes, old tyres and plastic bottles can be transformed and given a new existence as furniture, shelters and installations. Taking their inspiration from organic and cultural sources, from desert plants to indigenous architecture, and developing innovative techniques, these designers offer a vision of a sustainable future.

1971 is a new multi-functional design space located on Flag Island, dedicated to exhibition, display and discussion on all forms of contemporary design ranging from graphic, furniture to interior as well as interactive design and new technologies. Through a mixture of curated exhibitions and public programmes 1971 aims to become a regional and international design hub in the UAE working in close proximity with local designers, architects, schools and universities. 1971 will also serve as an informal meeting point and includes a fully serviced cafe for the enjoyment of the public.

Established in 2010, Maraya Art Centre is a is a non-profit art space and cultural platform located in Al Qasba, the leisure center on the canal between the Al Khan and Khalid Lagoons. Since its inception Maraya has offered the public an innovative curated exhibitions programme with leading Middle Eastern and international artists, multi-media facilities, video archive, art library and regular public programme of workshops and events designed by its in house team and guest curators. Maraya Art Centre is supported by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), with the purpose to promote young artists from the Arab region, and from the international art scene.

(From press information)


Design projects that use recycled or sustainable materials which have only a limited impact on the environment

11 March - 23 May 2015

1971 Gallery Space

Flag Island Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

An initiative of:

Maraya Art Centre
Al Qasba
Al Taawun Road
United Arab Emirates
Website / Email


Sharjah Investment and Development Authority

Related Content:

Maraya Art Centre

Art space and cultural platform in Al Qasba, the leisure center on the canal between the Al Khan and Khalid Lagoons.
Back to Top