OPEN CALL – Crafts from Anatolia, Designs from Europe

Turkey Design Council and project partners Brumen Foundation and Traditional Arts Association are inviting designers and creatives from all across the European Union to get to know five different Anatolian crafts and reinterpret one (or more) of them for a contemporary audience.

Anatolia, the vast region spanning most of mainland Turkey, was once home to ancient civilizations; today, its craftspeople still carry expert knowledge, which is passed from generation to generation, but is being increasingly forgotten. To revitalize these ancient skill sets, we’re introducing five different crafts – quilting, inlaying, ceramics, felt making, and stone carving – and inviting designers to create their own contemporary product design proposals. Ancient Anatolian Crafts documentary series can be found on Youtube.

Students from all across the European Union member and candidate countries (excluding Turkey) above the age of 18 can apply to the open call. For submissions there is a separate student category. 5 students of the selected design proposals will be invited to Turkey for a 5-day trip between February and April 2022 (with all expenses covered, including monetary compensation of 750 EUR) to join the craftspeople in their workshops and co-produce product prototypes, which will then be exhibited in Istanbul and promoted throughout the EU and Turkey.

Details for the open call can be found on the project webpage:

Applications are open until January 31, 2022!

If you would like to get more information about the open call, please join our online Q&A session, on January 25 at 17:00 CET at Zoom, for a chat where we’ll discuss the project “Crafts from Anatolia, Designs from Europe”, present details about the application process and answer any dilemmas that might have come up in your design process.
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