EU Craft Hub: Maker Exchange Residencies

Craft Hub is a European project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme focused on Craft in the context of cultural heritage and its continuing relevance in contemporary practice.
The project activities involve investigating and documenting craft skills and processes; their differing application in creative practice across Europe; and questions of cultural specificity & individual motivations of practitioners

Craft Hub I Maker Exchange Residencies


The gen­er­al fund sup­ports mo­bil­i­ty which
con­tributes to lo­cal cul­tur­al de­vel­op­ment and the eman­ci­pa­tion of pop­u­la­tions. This can be for ex­am­ple, de­vel­op­ing part­ner­ships and
co­op­er­a­tion abroad to strength­en lo­cal economies back home (through co-
pro­duc­tions or sus­tain­able ex­change
pro­grammes) or de­vel­op­ing in­de­pen­dent in­ter-re­gion­al or in­ter-na­tion­al pro­duc­tion
net­works. It can also be through ca­pac­i­ty build­ing (train­ing and res­i­den­cies), shar­ing knowl­edge learnt abroad, de­vel­op­ing one’s net­work of con­tacts through phys­i­cal pres­ence in events.

To create a developmental / advisory framework to support participating craft practitioners.

To create a peer network, discussion and exchange forum for participating crafts practitioners.
To showcase participating crafts practitioners, their work and their collaborations as part of this residency.
To share learnings and practice developments locally, nationally and internationally.
To document and evaluate the process to inform future residencies.

A key feature of the Craft Maker Residencies is the opportunity to increase the transnational mobility of Craft Practitioners within and beyond the partnership countries

Who is it for?

Craft Practitioners: In this context Craft Practitioners are professionals with a career in Craft making, that need tools to develop and refresh their Craft making skills to increase self-expression and self-efficacy. 


Carlow County Council: Carlow, Ireland
UWTSD: Carmarthen, Wales
Design School Kolding: Kolding, Denmark
Universidade Nova de Lisboa: Lisbon Portugal
Glasmalerei Peters: Paderborn, Germany
Materahub: Matera, Italy

Duration of stay

Round 1 (Virtual exchanges):
July-October 2021  

Round 2 (Physical exchanges):
7-day residencies due to take place between January and June of 2022.

Round 3 (Physical exchanges):
 14-day residencies due to take place between July and December of 2022.

Financing amounts

Travel, accommodation and subsistence.
Fee for social media content creation.
Material costs.

Source of funding

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU.

Type of activity

Residency, Training, Workshop

Type of sector

Crafts, Design, Textile and fashion design, Jewellery