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Open call: Crafts from Anatolia, designs from Europe


Traditional Arts Association, in cooperation with Turkey Design Council and Brumen Foundation, is inviting designers and creatives from all across the European Union to get acquainted with 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.

Watch the Ancient Anatolian Crafts documentary series.

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. Online Q&A Zoom link.

About the open call

Designers and creatives from all across the European Union member and candidate countries (excluding Turkey) above the age of 18 can apply to the open call. Submissions can be made in two categories; student or professional. 10 authors 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 for students and 1500 EUR for professionals) 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.

Applications are open until 31 January 2022!

Learn more about the open call: https://turkiyetasarimvakfi.org/en/euprojectopencall/open-call

Contact information: euproject@turkiyetasarimvakfi.org

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