Who we are and what we do

The World Crafts Council is a non-profit membership organisation set up to promote an international interest in crafts and encourage contact between the craftspeople of different countries.

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Our programmes and resources

Our mission is to elevate awareness and appreciation of crafts as an integral part of societies cultural, social and economic wellbeing. Our vision is a world where craftsmanship is valued at every level of society.

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What's On
  • European Artistic Craft Days 2019 Call for Programmes

    The European Artistic Craft Days, a unique event in the world for a better recognition of the craft sector. Taking place from April 1st to 7th, 2019!  What? Promote the imprint of the crafts […]

  • Monumentality / Fragility: European Prize for Applied Arts 2019 in Kilkenny

    Kilkenny to host major exhibition of works by 74 makers from 19 European countries at dual locations: the National Design & Craft Gallery and Kilkenny Castle 9th February – 23rd June 2019 Monumentality […]

  • Collect 2019

    Collect returns to London’s Saatchi Gallery from 28 February – 3 March 2019. Collect is the only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design, and provides an opportunity to discover […]

  • Applications Open Craft Scotland Summer Show

    Applications are open for the Summer Show, Craft Scotland’s annual selling exhibition during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Summer Show is Craft Scotland’s annual selling exhibition showcasing the work of over 35 […]

  • The European Prize for Applied Arts 2018. Monumentality – Fragility

    EXHIBITION  /  21 OCT 2018  –  20 JAN 2019 The European Prize for Applied Arts will be on display until January 20, 2019 at the Mons Anciens Abattoirs site as part of the Mons Biennale. […]

  • WCCE Handicrafts Week in Kuwait

    We are delighted to announce the 15 makers selected to represent their country at the Europe Handicraft Week 2019 in Kuwait. World Crafts Council Europe has selected the makers based on their […]

  • You’re invited to Révélations 2019

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  • European Prize for Applied Arts 2018

    From October 21, 2018 to January 20, 2019  At the Grande Halle des Anciens Abattoirs 17/02, rue de la Trouille – 7000 Mons (BE) The European Prize for Applied Arts aims to […]

  • HOW&WOW- Studio at DDW2018

    From 20 to 28 October, Crafts Council Nederland presents HOW & WOW – Studio at Dutch Design Week 2018 Crafts Council Nederland shows the studio of the new maker: the workshop as […]


Opportunities
  • 2019 Cheongju International Craft Competition

    Calling craft artists from all corners of the globe, Cheongju International Craft Competition 2019 aims to source, showcase and support outstanding work in the field.  The event is part of the internationally […]

  • European Artistic Craft Days 2019 Call for Programmes

    The European Artistic Craft Days, a unique event in the world for a better recognition of the craft sector. Taking place from April 1st to 7th, 2019!  What? Promote the imprint of the crafts […]

  • Applications open for International Craft Pavilion

    Applications are now open for the new International Craft Pavilion at the London Design Fair 2019. The home for high-end craft during the London Design Festival this September. The International Craft Pavilion invites […]

  • Applications open for GRASSIMESSE 2019

    About the GRASSIMESSE The GRASSIMESSE is an international forum and fair for applied art and product design from all fields. Unique products, limited editions and sample industrial products of jewellery, ceramics, glass, […]

  • Emerging Curator in Residence programme

    Kilkenny County Council Arts Office invites applications from Emerging Curators for their 2019 emerging curators programme. The programme will enable curators to gain direct experience in the field of curating exhibitions for […]

  • Inches Carr Trust Craft Bursaries 2019

    Up to 3 Bursaries will be awarded, each for £5000.Applicants must have been working in their craft in Scotland for at least 5 years. Closing date: 4 Mar 2019 The purpose of […]

  • Craft programs for migrants and refugees

    Garland magazine is developing a special issue for this March that will look at the role craft can play in helping migrants and refugees settle in new countries. We hope to collate […]

  • The 9th International Ceramic City Biennial of Talavera is announced

    The bases and the registration form can be downloaded from the attached links Bases of the 9th International Ceramic City Biennial of Talavera  Registration form for the 9th International Ceramic City Biennial […]

  • Call for Applications – Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival 2019

    Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is the first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image. Now in its fourth year, the festival continues its mission to highlight the sheer depth […]

  • Applications Open Craft Scotland Summer Show

    Applications are open for the Summer Show, Craft Scotland’s annual selling exhibition during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Summer Show is Craft Scotland’s annual selling exhibition showcasing the work of over 35 […]

Do you represent or advocate for craft?

Membership of WCC-Europe is open to organisations within Europe which in the opinion of the European Board, best represent the crafts of their countries.

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