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The project received funding because:

The project group is paving the way for an artistic exploration using handmade items. Geographically, the project covers a large area outside the metropolitan areas, and it is geography that defines the project’s results. The geographically determined encounters will lead to the unexpected. It will feature perspectives other than those with which the project started. It is an open project with a core group of practitioners and an invitation to local visual artists and craftspeople. The visual material in the application testifies to a fresh approach to craftsmanship and high artistic quality.

About the project:

The Central Norwegian Artisans write:

Hunger is a condition that occurs when there is a partial or total lack of nutrition. The condition can involve starvation, deprivation, or a strong craving.

Life and culture are in a constant state of movement. Both geographically and digitally we have to relate to changes and a gradually changing basis, both physically and in our knowledge. As things get more transient and unmanageable, the desire for something tangible grows. Something you can touch, physically shape to be ours. We detect a hunger for craftsmanship and handmade things. There is a renewed interest in material-based art. Young art students want to cut, turn and weave. 

In ‘Hunger’ we want to promote craftsmanship as something that supports modern values and strategies. The involvement of manual and material knowledge and an ability to put resources to use are in a state of change. Our knowledge of handmade things is shifting, being shared, being interpreted and fills our surroundings at any time. It is a part of modernity. 

In traditional artisan training, an apprentice started with a professional master craftsman. After their apprenticeship, students were encouraged to go and seek knowledge outside the place of learning. The project, HUNGER will develop interdisciplinary gathering points for craftsmanship in the Nordic region. We want to investigate how a movement, the act of moving geographically and creating things by hand, can be preserved in a creative expression. Our project will be all about this physical, concrete movement as a theme or premise for artistic production. 

In HUNGER, the Central Norwegian Artisans want to get out there, to seek, share, mix, and, via Nordic collaboration, enhance our knowledge with the purpose of expanding knowledge of handmade items. What happens when knowledge acquired in various places and at various times comes together? And is it refined into something else? What is Nordic craftsmanship today?

As contemporary artisans, we are trying to find out what craftsmanship associated with gathering points for culture and professional exchange might be like and what it can create. The result of HUNGER will be a new platform for collaboration, a forum for the immediate expression of the implications of Nordic craftsmanship today. A centre is not only geography; it is also activity. HUNGER sets out to build a foundation for the creation of an open artisan landscape and a long-term effect, raising awareness of manual skills as a material in itself. A material simultaneously fresh and old.

The project will conclude in a curated exhibition.

The Nordic collaboration:

Finland, Sweden, and Norway. The project is conceived as a series of workshops in Malakta (FI), Frösön (SE), and Trondheim (NO). The project will have a permanent core of 10 artisans who, on the basis of different materials and expressions, will take part in all 3 workshops. In addition, 10 new places will be available from place to place. Local artisans, artists, and culture producers can apply, and we will also invite them.

Total budget: 2 713 200 DKK
Applied for:  1 000 000 DKK                            
Approved grant:  850 000 DKK
Project period: 01.01.2017-31.10.2018

Special pool earmarked for HANDMADE in 2016

This project was supported by a Special pool earmarked for HANDMADE in 2016. Normally, the Fund caps applications at DKK 500,000 and 50% of total project budget, however, HANDMADE 2016 invited projects to apply for amounts ranging from DKK 500,000 to DKK 1 million and up to 85% of total project costs.

The assessment criteria were: HANDMADE aims to promote and stimulate handicrafts and handmade design by encouraging new Nordic and international partnerships and to help raise the visibility and profile of a wide range of handmade art forms and idioms. The spotlight is on projects that:

  • contribute to the development and visibility of handmade design and that focus on free, experimental and conceptual aspects
  • help challenge and break down traditional boundaries for handmade arts, crafts and design
  • include individuals or organisations from other disciplines and artistic genres.

The Fund’s general criteria about Nordic substance, quality, support and impact also applied.

Christina Zetterlund from Sweden and Mari Savio from Finland acted as expert advisors. The Board of the Nordic Culture Fund made the final decision on which projects to fund.

From 2017, HANDMADE will be part of the Fund’s general programmes of project funding and OPSTART. Read more about the programmes under “Apply for funding”.

Photo: Ingrid Becker (N), The Central Norwegian Artisans