Calender Design Competition for all Design students in the UAE

As part of an ongoing investigation into how authenticity can be sustained in the Arab culture, Zaman is collaborating with various universities across the UAE to offer to their Design students the opportunity to create a collection of work under the theme “Common Expressions”.

“Common Expressions” is a collection of Arab proverbs which we hear everywhere. The challenge is to bring them to life through the eyes of emerging artis…ts that would add meaning to them through visual interpretations. Zaman’s Signature Calendar will feature the 12 best art works that will be selected and judged on artistic merit.
This competition is a bridge for graduates and Zaman to make their design commercially viable, The aim of the collection is to introduce new talent to the broad public and business community in the form of an inaugural event and limited edition calendar.
An award ceremony will be scheduled in November 2011 (venue and date will be announced in the near time), the selected 12 best designers will be invited together with their respective head of department tutor and teacher and respective amongst media and a selected group of guests.
Below are the 12 proverbs, pick the one that inspires you the most and start designing. See our Rules of Entry for details on how to send your work.

ردت حليمة على عادتها القديمة
إن كان حبيبك عسل لاتلحسوا كلو
كلمة ياريت مابتعمر بيت
على قد فراشك مد رجليك
من عاشر القوم أربعين يوم صار منهم
طب الجرة على ثمها تطلع البنت على أمها
إذا أنت أمير وأنا أمير مين بيسوق الحمير
إعطي الخبز لخبازة لو أكل نصفة
اللي ما يعرف الصقر يشويه
غاب القط إلعب يافأر
الباب اللي يجيك منه الريح سده واستريح
القرد بعين أمه غزال

Rules of Entry

All artwork should be original and individual
Each artist may enter one entry
Selected artwork will be produced in Zaman limited edition calendar and will be shown on display during November 2011.
By entering the Competition, all parties agree that Zaman has the right to Display, copy, and distribute
Submissions not selected will be returned to artists
Judging Criteria
Entries will be evaluated by Zaman creative team and will be judged on artistic merit
Send your work to
Call for more info 04 326 1000

Deadline for Submission
March 30th 2011