Open call for UK craft practitioners
UK craft mediators, designers, gallerists, curators or other craft practitioners have the opportuntiy to participate in the international partnership project Crafting Futures Romania, a British Council programme designed to support the future of craft around the globe through research and education, which will be launched for the first time in Europe in Romania this year.
The selected participants will visit Romania in May 2020 (coinciding with Romanian Design Week) to connect with local craft and sustainable design practitioners in Bucharest and Transylvania, with the aim of developing joint UK-Romania projects.
The focus will be on collaborative learning experiences which will take place in Romania and explore the use of traditional wisdom to innovate for a sustainable future. The programme aims to change perspectives and the perceived value of crafts by fostering UK-RO collaboration to find common solutions and tell stories of craft and the wisdom that comes from it.
This is an opportunity for British craft practitioners to expand their work internationally and innovate in collaboration for a sustainable future of craft with the support of British Council’s global network and expertise. The Romanian cultural landscape is rich in craft heritage and tradition, with a new local wave of artisans showing great development potential for the integration of craft and intangible heritage in contemporary and sustainable design.
The Crafting Futures Romania programme is split into several stages:
Six participants from the UK will visit Romania for a Crafting Futures Field Trip, starting in Bucharest during Romanian Design Week, the largest national design festival. The Crafting Futures Field Trip will take place between 23-27 May 2020.
Participants will have the chance to discover the local context and challenges related to craft and to connect with craftivists and sustainable design practitioners from Bucharest, rural Transylvania and Cluj.
The programme will be carefully curated over 5 days to offer a comprehensive picture of the local context, with both its richness and its flaws including visits to local production facilities and workshops, meaningful networking opportunities and professional roundtables. The programme will be curated and organized in partnership with The Institute and Cluj Cultural Centre and a detailed itinerary will be provided to the selected participants.
The selected UK participants for the Field Trip will be granted 1.000 GBP to cover air travel and most meals costs for the entire duration of the trip. British Council will book accommodation, facilitate grant payments, organize local transport, facilitate working relationships with Romanian organizations, manage and resolve any issues that may arise.
Following the Field Trip, participants will have approximately three months to draft a project proposal together with a local Romanian partner (which will be established during or following the visit to Romania) to be implemented under the Crafting Futures umbrella.
Submission deadline for project proposals: end of August 2020.
Following the evaluation process, one Crafting Futures project will receive a 10.000 GBP grant (in two instalments) from the British Council and the project will be implemented in Romania between September 2020 – October 2021. The programme may be subject to additional funding that can result in available grants for more than one project; at this stage, however, additional funding remains to be confirmed.
Please note the timeline above is indicative; the exact dates for stages 2 and 3 will be confirmed by the end of May 2020.
- to help craft professionals in the UK get a better understanding of the Romanian sector and cultural heritage;
- to develop rich cross-cultural collaboration, bringing together traditional craft and contemporary design to foster new ideas, innovative designs and creative practices;
- to provide a space for collaborative thinking and learning;
- to preserve, share and develop knowledge, practice and traditions in craft;
- to strengthen the sector and its networks and participate in the positive change of the perceived value of crafts in both the UK and Romania.