MADE IN wins the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2023

MADE IN: Crafts and Design Narratives is the recipient of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2023 by the European Commission and Europa Nostra in the category Education, Training & Skills. The project, which spanned two years from 2018 to 2021, was originally conceived by OAZA Art Organisation and involved six organizations from four countries.

Conceived in 2014 by the OAZA Art Organisation in response to the decline of small crafts and workshops in Zagreb, MADE IN made its debut during the 24th Biennial of Design (BIO 50) in Ljubljana, organised by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO). This initial exploration laid the foundation for a partnership among six organisations: OAZA, the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb (Croatia), the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana in collaboration with Centre for Creativity (CzK) (Slovenia), the craft and trade association Werkraum Bregenzerwald (Austria), Nova Iskra and Mikser (Serbia)

The winners will be celebrated at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony on 28 September in Venice, as part of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2023. This event will be honoured with the participation of Cecilia Bartoli, President of Europa Nostra, and Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission, is also expected to attend.

“This pan-European project highlights the common threads of our shared craft heritage while embracing a regional flavour through close collaboration with local communities. The intergenerational aspect of the project is notable, bringing together young designers and seasoned craft practitioners. This creates a vital connection between heritage and the creative industries, addressing timely social and commercial changes and offering opportunities for sustainable growth”, the Jury stated.

Heritage supporters and enthusiasts are now encouraged to vote online for their favourite project and decide the winner of the Public Choice Award 2023. The winner will receive a monetary prize of €10,000.

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MADE IN Origin Story

MADE IN roots go all the way back to 2014, when Croatian Art and Design Collective Oaza conceived a social design project Made in Ilica / Old School Ilica—a reaction to the process of the disappearance of small crafts and manufacturing workshops from the City Centre of Zagreb.

MADE IN DIALOGUES - Crafting the Future

Conference│Friday, 31 Mar 2023, 9.00 -17.00│Japanisches Palais, Dresden & Livestream

The conference organised by State Art Collections Dresden, Museum of Decorative Arts (SKD) is the kick-off event of the Europe-wide MADE IN Platform for Contemporary Crafts & Design. The participating partners will along with international experts from the fields of crafts, design and research discuss the future of crafts as an instrument for social and ecological change as well as manners of passing the knowledge of craftsmanship and heritage to future generations.

Made in Platform for Contemporary Crafts & Design

February 2023 – October 2025

Made in Platform for Contemporary Crafts & Design is a research, design, and heritage initiative encouraging collaboration and knowledge exchange between traditional craftspeople and contemporary designers, as well as other experts in the fields of culture and science. Representing the direct continuation of MADE IN: Crafts–Design Narratives, we are now extending our reach geographically, with 10 partners from 6 countries, and in terms of our goals and mission.

MADE IN: Crafts — Design Narratives Travelling Exhibition opening in Zagreb

17/2/2020 — 8/3/2020

The premiere of the Crafts — Design Narratives Travelling Exhibition is scheduled on the 17th February 2020 at 8 p.m. in the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb. The exhibition opening will be followed by Dialogues discursive program with project curators and participants on the 18th February, at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb. Exhibition is organized by the Museum of Arts and Crafts and OAZA Art and Design Collective.

MADE IN Seminar: Design&Crafts on Display #3

30 – 31/5/2019

The third MADE IN Seminar will take place in the scenic Alpine setting of Bregenzerwald. Werkraum Bregenzerwald – a collaborative of around 100 regional craft and trade companies – will host the partners and invited guests for a two day experience in the Werkraumhaus and its surrounding workshops. Designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor the building serves as a showcase and community centre of the regional craftspeople. The seminar will discuss modes and places to display contemporary crafts and design.