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.

Our members and networks

Membership of WCC-Europe is open to organisations within Europe that have a mandate to advocate for and develop craft. There are four membership types; National, Regional, Professional and Affiliate.

What’s On

New European Bauhaus Webinar | Responsible Futures: Innovation & Experimentation in Craft

SAVE THE DATE for the upcoming 5th New European Bauhaus (NEB) webinar, titled Responsible Futures: Innovation & Experimentation in Craft taking place on the 17th of April 2024 at 17:00 (CET). The webinar is free and open for all to attend. The webinar coincides...

Fusion 2024 Announces Selected Creators

  FUSION 2024 - Biennial of Contemporary Glass Jewellery is pleased to announce the 30 creators selected to showcase their work at the biennial exhibition which will take place from 3 April 2024 at the MAVA – Museum of Contemporary Glass Art in Alcorcón, Spain,...

Winner announced for the Spanish National Crafts Awards 2023

  The Galician master craftsman Álvaro M. Leiro has been awarded the National Crafts Award 2023 (16th Edition), receiving €7.000 as a reward for his consolidated work. The ceremony took place on the 15th of December 2023, in Madrid (Spain) at the Ministry of Industry,...

2023 Roundup and Happy New Year!

As the end of the year approaches, we wish to take a moment to reflect on 2023 – a year that was characterised by dynamic collaborations within our network of 37 members from 22 countries. One of them was a  study of the European Market for Crafts, the first of its...

Crafting Festive Moments – Celebrate Creativity, Sustainability and Craftsmanship

Photo: Denis Jung   Embrace the festive spirit of December with thoughtful choices in gift-giving by exploring the world of creativity, sustainability and craftsmanship all over Europe. As per tradition, we want to share a selection of activities that celebrate...

Save the Date | New European Bauhaus Webinar on Geographical Indications for Crafts

  Crafting Identity: Geographical Indications (GIs) for protecting the European Craft Sector Wed, 8 November 2023 at 17.00 CET   Save the date for our upcoming New European Bauhaus (NEB) webinar on GIs for crafts! The webinar is free and open for all to...

The European Market for Crafts | Report on the €50 billion market of the European Crafts sector

  Under the EU co-funded CRAFTING project, WCCE is pleased to present a new comprehensive study we have commissioned which examines the European crafts market, estimated to encompass approximately 153 million people and be worth in the region of 50 billion euros....

WCCE at Contemporania 2023

JOYA Barcelona has a new title: Contemporania High Craftsmanship. Organised by Le Département Interiors S.L and the Consortium of Commerce, Crafts and Fashion of Catalonia (CCAM), this exciting new fair will present both national and international contemporary crafts...

Contribute to our Study on the Resilience of the European Craft Sector

  The ‘Study into the Resilience of the Craft Sector in Europe’ aims to understand what resilience means to the different cultures and craftspeople across Europe; what makes and could make the craft sector resilient now and in the future; and how world changing...

New Network Member | Centro de Artesanato e Design dos Açores (CADA)

    World Crafts Council Europe is pleased to welcome a new member to our network: the Azores Crafts and Design Center [Centro de Artesanato e Design dos Açores (CADA)] The center is the executive service of the Regional Government responsible for...

Opportunities

Call for Applications → MAKE:GROW:FLOURISH – Craft Business Training Programme

  The Craft Enterprise Business Training Programme for Craft Businesses from Across Europe Programme duration: 25 April – 2 July 2024 Deadline for applications: 1 April WCCE presents MAKE:GROW:FLOURISH, a comprehensive business training programme that understands...

Culture Moves Europe Mobility Grants

  As the European Union’s largest cultural mobility scheme, this initiative supports artists and cultural professionals from all 40 Creative Europe countries to pursue an international project. It is funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union...

Two Exciting Homo Faber Open Call Opportunities | Michelangelo Foundation

The Michelangelo Foundation has launched calls for two exciting opportunities for craftspeople to participate in programmes related to Homo Faber taking place in Venice 1-30 September 2024. Applications for the Young Ambassador's programme close on the 8th of March...

Call for Participation: EUROPEAN ARTISTIC CRAFT DAYS 2024

  The European Artistic Craft Days (EACD) 2024 will take place between 2-7 April 2024 under the theme “Little Fingers, Expert Hands”.   ABOUT EACD Initiated in 2002 by the French government, the European Artistic Craft Days (EACD) are coordinated by the...

OPEN CALL FOR DELIVERING A TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR CRAFT PROFESSIONALS

  CONTEXT The World Crafts Council Europe (WCCE) is a European network representing nearly 40 craft organisations (members) from more than 20 European countries whose main statutory mission is to promote crafts in Europe, by increasing the awareness and...

Creative Exchange Residency for Craft Practitioners 2023-25

  OPPORTUNITY "The Creative Exchange Residency for Craft Practitioners is Back! Now extended and more flexible, building on the experiences of over 20 previous exchanges." The Creative Exchange Residency for Craft Practitioners aims to foster a collaborative and...

Open Call | European Prize for Applied Arts 2024

    Initiated in 2009, in partnership with the City of Mons, the WCCE and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the European Prize for Applied Arts rewards creations of contemporary expression in the field of Applied Arts...

Open Call: Fusion Biennial of Contemporary Glass Jewellery

    Deadline Extended: Apply by 4 February 2024 With the aim of promoting the talents and values of contemporary European jewellery, a new edition of the Biennial of Contemporary Glass Jewellery is being launched, and expanding this time at European level. ...

Knowledge Exchange Programme | Rotterdam | Craft Education

  Applications are open for staff of WCCE member organisations and associates of our network to apply for the 2023 Knowledge Exchange Programme. The opportunity is now in its 2nd edition and is linked to our annual conference’s core theme, which this year was...

Open Call: Digital Training Programme 2024

  Crafts in the Digital Age: Mastering Innovation and Sustainability Are you a craft practitioner and want to explore the intersections of traditional crafts making and cutting-edge digital technologies? WCCE, in collaboration with the Distributed Design...

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.