The “Crafts and Design in Europe” Programme, funded by the Leonardo da Vinci Programme Partnership, offered young graduates from four countries (France, Spain, Ireland and Slovakia), to reflect on the place and image of art professions, through an experimental design process that blended heritage with creativity, artistic professions, applied arts and design, in a master-class setting.
Three seven-day master classes were held in 2013.
The first, on the theme of wool and textile design, was organised by INMA at La Bergerie Nationale de Rambouillet.
The second, organised by ULUV, was held at the Ružomberok School of Applied Arts in Slovakia, and focused on wood.
The third, on the theme of ceramics, was organised by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, at the Ceramics Skills and Design School in Thomastown.
Following the master-classes, study trips were organised on the three themes covered. The intent was to round out the experience, for both the participants and master-class instructors, by giving them the chance to meet with craftspeople and designers, and visit material libraries and museums around the selected material (wool, wood, ceramics).
The first, on wood, was held in Paris, the second on ceramics took place in Madrid, and the third, on textile design, was held in Dublin.
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Professional preparation segments aimed at participants and the dynamisation enjoyed by partnership members contributed to: facilitating access to employment through the main professional networks and training centres participating in the programme, fostering mobility for young people and professionals, and promoting exchange of know-how in Europe as a means of keeping knowledge and the common culture alive.
The programme was run by four European partners: Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA), the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, the Slovakian Centre for Folk Art and Craft (ÚĽUV) and Fundación EOI–Fundesarte of Spain.