iAtelier: Technology & Innovative Practice
OPEN CALL: Funded Opportunity for Designers and Craftspeople

World Crafts Council Europe is excited to announce that as part of an International partnership project, funded by Creative Europe, Crafting Europe is looking for 20 participants in eight countries to take part in ‘iAtelier’. iAtelier’s funded programme will create a craft/product innovation springboard by providing participants with free training, access to new tools and opportunities to network with designers, craftspeople and experts. 

Eight out of the nine project partners involved in Crafting Europe are members of World Crafts Council Europe, who successfully submitted an application together for a €1.8million project in December 2018 as part of the Creative Europe Large Co-operation programme.

Coordinated by Crafting Europe, and taking place in eight countries across Europe, the programme is designed to encourage innovative forms of creation that integrate cutting-edge digital fabrication technologies into the practice of craft-making. 

The first open call deadline is for 13 March 2020 and has been launched by Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD), LIT, in partnership with Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI).

DEADLINE FOR IRELAND: 13 March 2020. Find out more HERE

Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD), LIT in partnership with DCCI has been named as the Irish host of iAtelier, a European funded programme aimed at aiding the adoption and use of ICT tools in craft work.



What is Crafting Europe?
Supported by Creative Europe, the ‘Crafting Europe’ project was inspired by the need to build capacity and apply ICT tools in addition to traditional methods when innovating and developing craft products for contemporary market. It is a partnership between nine expert organisations across Europe.

Specific priorities of the project include:
● Support transnational policy co-operation leading to policy development
● Foster capacity building through innovative approaches through the development of skills and
business models for craft professionals and representative organisations in Europe
● Enabling people to gain new skills which will enrich their professional life and open new channels in
the labour market

This is a unique opportunity for designers/makers with ambition to learn new skills, combining digital fabrication technologies with traditional skills to expand their professional capacities in the product and craft market.

iAtelier is one of the programmes coordinated by Crafting Europe. It aims to aid with the adoption and use of ICT tools. In particular it will encourage innovative forms of creation that integrate cutting-edge digital fabrication technologies into the practice of craft-making. iAtelier is led by Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD) at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and will be taking place across all 8 partner countries.

Crafting Europe will run from September 2019 to September 2022.
The Partners involved in the project are;
1. IE – Design and Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI)
2. IT – Artex
3. UK – Crafts Council (CCUK)
4. IE – Limerick Institute of Technology (IE)
6. ES – EOI-Fundesarte
7. NL – Crafts Council Netherlands (CCNL)
8. UKR – Ukraine Chamber of Crafts (AUNA)
9. GA – Georgian Arts and Culture Centre (GACC)
Each of the project partners have been selected as they bring unique knowledge and skills from their
respective territories.

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