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The Pioneer Projects team in the Arts Take Part programme run by Amateo would like to monitor and showcase artistic projects that are international, interdisciplinary and experimental.

In November 2019, Remembering Places – Crafting Our Future was awarded a grant to develop an intergenerational celebration of traditional crafts.

Project information

As a result of the CONNECT+ workshop, held in Edinburgh alongside Amateo’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ conference, a new pioneer project was developed by participants of the organisers workshops, held 3-6 October 2019. The awarded project ‘Remembering Places – Crafting Our Future’ will respond to the conference theme of creative aging and intergenerational work.

The five project partners will work together over the next year to develop a transnational group of young citizen-journalists to explore and promote the indigenous old crafts practiced across these countries, collecting the local stories of old artisans, their memories, tacit knowledge and the sense of place that they represent. Traditional crafts that have usually been handed down from generation to generation and are rapidly disappearing in the fast-changing modern world of mass-production, urbanisation and globalisation.
“We want to document the cultural background and the individual artisan’s thinking and practice which will result in an eclectic patchwork of personal stories woven together with a rich Cultural Heritage footage. Phase two will be a travelling community-art performance of European narrative, combining the local and foreign ‘sense of place’.”

The project will capture rural (shrinkage) areas and their inhabitants’ knowledge and stories, presenting “ancient traditions of European craftsmanship in a contemporary vocabulary and inspiration for new generations.”

What kind of artistic disciplines are involved?

Traditional crafts and multi-media creative documentary

Who is involved?

OMF (Organisatie van Muziekverenigingen in Fryslân) in Netherlands, Tisícihran Theatre in Czech Republic,Setúbal Music Festival in Portugal,Theater Demenzionen in Germany, La Fundació Assut/Artxiviu in Spain

How can you be reached?

Who are you aiming at?

Older artisans and young people from each partner country

When did the project start?

January 2020