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
  • 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 […]

  • Ways of Perceiving Crafts

    Two-day seminar 28-29 November 2018, Iaspis and Konstfack, Stockholm The seminar is free, but due to limit seating we ask that those who wants to attend at Konstfack (29 November) to register […]

  • 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 and […]

  • Significant Irish design and craft presence at cultural exhibition Homo Faber, Venice in September

    Homo Faber is the first major cultural exhibition dedicated to the best in European craftsmanship and takes place in Venice, Italy in September 2018 The Irish designers and craftspeople selected will be […]


Opportunities
  • 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 […]

  • Take part in the celebrations!

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  • The Craft Gallery at Scotland’s Trade Fair

    Apply for the opportunity to exhibit and sell your work at Scotland’s Trade Fair 2019. The Craft Gallery at Scotland Scotland’s Trade Fair is a unique opportunity to present your work to […]

  • Exhibit at NY NOW

    Apply to exhibit amongst a group UK makers in the Handmade Designer Maker section of NY NOW, a renowned international selling fair.  NY NOW is a four-day wholesale/ trade event held twice […]

  • TRESOR 2019

    The 2nd edition of TRESOR contemporary craft will take place at Messe Schweiz (MCH) in Basel on 18 – 22 September 2019. Applications are now open HERE TRESOR launched to great acclaim at […]

  • Applications open for LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

    The LOEWE FOUNDATION launches the third edition of the LOEWE Craft Prize, an annual international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship.  LOEWE seeks to recognise uniquely talented artisans whose artistic vision and will […]

  • Call for the 2018 Brain show in Amsterdam

    29 November – 10 December there will be an exhibition of stitched brains in gallery WG Kunst in the center of Amsterdam. STITCH_YOUR_BRAIN is a project and study by Monika Auch, visual artist and medical […]

  • Apply for Hothouse 2019

    Hothouse supports talented makers at the start of their career APPLY NOW Deadline for applications: 12noon, Friday 7 September 2018 Hothouse is a programme of creative and business development opportunities delivered over […]

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