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Postponed: Open call for makers, designers and digital technologists

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iAtelier: Technology & Innovative Practice

The iAtelier programme has now been postponed. We won’t review any applications until programming activities resume, however we are committed in delivering all elements of the project as described below.

If you would like to be notified when applications re-open, please email innovation@craftscouncil.org.uk with ‘iAtelier Updates Sign Up’ in the subject line.

iAtelier is a Creative Europe funded programme that aims to 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 from across the UK. iAtelier is part of an international partnership project, Crafting Europe.

The programme has two elements:

1. Sandbox Event (Birmingham, dates tbc)

Participants from various backgrounds will be invited to work together during a two day ‘sandbox’ event. This event will be hosted by the Crafts Council and STEAMhouse/Birmingham City University. Participants will be given access to experts and will be offered an introduction to digital technologies, and digital fabrication, including demonstrations of some of the following technologies: laser cutting, 3D printing, vinyl cutting & CNC routing.

Alongside introduction to new technologies, the Sandbox event aims to forge new relationships between the participants; in particular, to match participants that have craft making skills with participants that have digital design skills.

Participants will be paid a stipend of £200 in total for the two days spent at the Sandbox event. On the first evening of the event, there will be an evening meal provided for all participants in a local restaurant.

2. Residency Series

Following on from the Sandbox event participants will be invited to apply for the Residency series. The participants will need to form collaborative partnerships of two to be eligible to apply - a participant with digital design skills would pair up with a participant with craft skills. 10 participants (5 collaborative partnerships) will be selected by the Crafting Europe team to take part in the Residency series. Each collaborative partnership will have the opportunity to take part in the two residencies in Birmingham.

Residency 1 ‘Experimentation’ - (dates tbc)
This will be a 3 week long residency all about experimentation.The collaborative partnerships will have 2 days per week access to space, equipment and guidance. They will be given software and digital fabrication tutorials appropriate to their project. Partnerships will be encouraged to test ideas and concepts and rapid prototype to become familiar with the capabilities of the equipment. These weeks will be spontaneous and exploratory. Partnerships are expected to have a series of conceptual prototypes by the completion of Residency 1.

Residency 2 ‘Production’ - (dates tbc)
After Residency 1, the collaborative partnerships will have 4 to 6 months to develop their experimentations into designs ready for production. During the 3 week long Residency 2, participants will have 2 days per week access to space, equipment and guidance. The participants are expected to have a series of functional prototypes by the end of residency series that can be exhibited publicly.

Materials will be provided for use during both residencies. A stipend of £1200 (£600 for each Residency) will be provided to each Participant of the Collaborative Partnership attending the Residency series.

How to Apply

The iAtelier programme has now been postponed. We won’t review any applications until programming activities resume, however we are committed in delivering all elements of the project as described in this page. If you would like to be notified when applications re-open, please email innovation@craftscouncil.org.uk with ‘iAtelier Updates Sign Up’ in the subject line.

Selection Criteria

We will be working with 20 participants with either craft/making skills OR digital design skills to take part in the Sandbox event. 10 applicants with craft skills and 10 applicants with digital design skills will be chosen.

Applicants with craft/making background should:

  • Be a recent craft/design graduate / an emerging maker / SME with practical skills in any craft or design discipline
  • Clearly articulate their interest in digital fabrication technologies - experience in digital design and digital fabrication is not necessary, but a curious attitude and ambition to experiment and innovate using new technologies is essential

Applicants with digital design skills should:

  • Be a recent graduate / an emerging designer / SME experienced in using digital drawing software. (for example, but not limited to Adobe Illustrator, Autocad, Vectorworks, Rhino, Sketchup, Fusion etc.). Experience in digital fabrication, parametric softwares or computer coding software is not necessary but would be advantageous
  • Clearly articulate their interest in craft and design - existing hands-on experience of craft/making is not necessary but interest in developing practcical skills, exploring making methods and tools is essential

Additionally, all successful applications should demonstrate the applicant's ability to:

  • Work collaboratively, be open in their approach, generous in exchanging information with peers and the project hosts
  • Present their work clearly and support the communication of the project activities
  • Act as advocates for the project, the partner organisations and the role of new technologies within the craft sector

Commitments

Selected participants will be expected to:
- Travel to Birmingham on the proposed dates, attend and participate to the Sandbox event
- Fill out a personal statement that can be showcased during the Sandbox event
- Prepare collaborative project proposal and compete to gain place in Residency series
- Successful residency applicants must create a body of work that can be exhibited publicly

Eligibility

Applicants must be based and eligible to work in England for the full period of the iAtelier programme.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Crafting Europe partners are committed to promoting and celebrating diversity. We particularly encourage applications from currently under-represented groups in contemporary craft and design, including disabled applicants and applicants from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

We guarantee to interview any disabled applicant, and/or any applicant who identifies as BAME, whose application meets the criteria.

If you wish to apply under the scheme, please indicate this in the body of the email when you send us your application.

Selection

We won’t review any applications until programming activities resume. If you would like to be notified when applications re-open, please email innovation@craftscouncil.org.uk with ‘iAtelier Updates Sign Up’ in the subject line.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. 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 (DCCoI)
2. IT - Artex
3. UK - Crafts Council (CCUK)
4. IE - Limerick Institute of Technology (IE)
5. PT – CEARTE
6. ES - EOI-Fundesarte
7. NL - Crafts Council Netherlands (CCNL)
8. UKR – Anua 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.

Q. Who is Crafting Europe for?

Crafting Europe is for makers interested in combining technology and craft with a vision for business expansion. As part of iAtelier, the sandbox event and residency programme of Crafting Europe is aimed at both traditional craftspeople and digital designers with ambition collaborate and learn new skills.

Q. Where will Crafting Europe take place?

Crafting Europe will be taking place in host institutions across all partner countries. STEAMhouse/Birmingham City University will be the host in the UK.

Q. Can I attend the sandbox event but not take part in the rest of the project?

The sandbox event is a method of networking and discovering new opportunities. We would like individuals to apply to the sandbox event with a view to forging new collaborations and competing for a place on the subsequent residency series.

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