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 […]

  • Professional Congress of Crafts

    The Professional Congress of Crafts was created with the aim of generating a platform for reflection and debate about crafts, as established in the Strategic Plan for Handicrafts promoted by the Catalan Trade, Crafts and […]

  • Cuidado Diseño: Contemporary Spanish Crafts

    In this exhibition, Madrid Design Festival pays homage to Contemporary Spanish crafts, a true survivor of all the social, historic and technological changes that have taken place in our popular culture. The […]

  • WCCE 40th Anniversary Exhibition at Révélations

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  • WCCE General Assembly Georgia 2019

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  • LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 – Finalists Announced

    The LOEWE FOUNDATION is proud to unveil the 29 artists who have been shortlisted for the Craft Prize 2019. The finalists were recognized for their fundamentally important contributions to the development of […]

  • 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. […]


Opportunities
  • 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 […]

  • Open Call | Joya: AiR Spring Residencies, Andalucía, Spain

    Application deadline: 17 March. Joya: AiR is a not for profit arts residency developed by artists for artists of every conceivable discipline. Consider Joya: AiR not only a unique, stimulating and contemplative […]

  • Call For Proposals 2019 — Erasmus+ Programme

    Call For Proposals 2019 — Erasmus+ Programme Key Action 2 (KA2) Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good Strategic Partnerships in the field of education, training and youth TITLE: T.R.EN.D.Y. (Textile […]

  • Open Call for 2020 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale

    The 2020 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale: Seeking the Passionate Spirits! Established in 2004, the organization of “Taiwan Ceramics Biennale” has adopted an innovative and unparalleled model in 2008 – every 4 years a session with exhibition curating competition and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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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