Yearly Archives: 2016

Call for Abstracts: Crafting Sustainability

Workshop in Trondheim, June 14. & 15. 2017

Through an examination of the nature of craft and craftsmanship we seek to understand how craft can contribute to sustainability in various ways.

Important dates

Abstract deadline: January 15 th, 2017

Acceptance notification: January 31st, 2017

Draft deadline: June 7th 2017

Workshop dates: June 14th & 15th, 2017

Call for abstracts

You are hereby invited to submit an abstract (2-300 words) for a workshop on craft in Trondheim, Norway. We welcome proposals on emerging topics related to craft and workmanship. The notion of craft includes traditional crafts such as carpentry, pottery and weaving, but we are also interested in aspects of craft, or workmanship in professions not normally associated with craft, such as practitioners of governance and planning, teaching and research.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum and encourage in-depth discussions on the notion and practice of craft in relation to sustainability; environmental, social and cultural sustainability. We recognise that craft as a research topic has been severely undervalued, and we wish with this workshop to explore how issues of craft and workmanship play a role in relation to for example climate change mitigation, sustainable innovation and transitions, human dignity and the health of communities. How can a better understanding of craft provide a path to a better understanding of sustainability?

In this workshop we welcome empirical research on craft and theorisations of craft, for example approaches that seek to conceive and understand the nature of skills and craftsmanship combining philosophical, cultural, anthropological or practical studies of craft with Science, Technology and Society studies perspectives. Research questions of particular interest are: How are traditional crafts practiced in work settings characterised by automatization and technological production processes? Is the nature of craft changing, and what remains through the change? Do challenges of environmental sustainability shape craft and workmanship? If so, in what ways? And can an understanding of these elements of craft contribute to sustainability?

This line of investigation also encourages studies of involvement of ordinary citizens, community groups and other professions than those traditionally associated with crafts, as well as crafting perspectives on for example academic research and bureaucratic activities such as city planning. The core aim of the workshop is to interrogate multiple understandings of craft, and use this discussion to help illuminate and craft more engaged and effective ways towards sustainability.

The workshop will take place on the 14th and 15th of June 2017. Trondheim is known as the “wooden-house city” with far-reaching craft traditions. The workshop will feature invited keynote speakers on craft research, presentations from participants, discussions and work-groups on furthering craft-research.

Papers from the workshop that are found suitable will be published in a special issue on craft in the Nordic Journal of Science and Technology, edited by Dr. Jøran Solli and Dr. Håkon Fyhn. The workshop is the first step towards this publication. We will therefore ask contributors for an a draft-paper (2-3000 words), to be submitted before the workshop to serve as a first draft for the publication.

For any questions, please contact:

Jøran Solli:

Håkon Fyhn:

Roger Søraa:

Project webpage:

PDF: craftingsustainabilityworkshop

Crowdfunding Campaign for Paris Based Sustainable Arts Space: Recup Paris


Recover, revive and repeat for creative urban development.

Urban development and regeneration is having a bright moment in Paris thanks to the development of Recup Paris. Turning derelict spaces in an old, disused military fort into a creative hub, Recup Paris is creating the bridge between art and sustainability. Recup Paris is a workshop and event space based at Fort d’Aubervilliers, an old military fortress located just outside Paris. Forgotten and ignored by mostfor the better half of a century, the historic site is a vast and mysterious wonderland of urbex discovery and it feels like being in another world entirely. In the spaces at the Fort, art is created by them and others, public events are hosted and ‘Fort experiences’ are organised to allow others to experience this place themselves.


“We believe that culture, creativity and the arts are capable of influencing our futures and help us imagine new and alternative responses to some of the world’s most pressing problems. We are inspired by how in cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, London and New York where disused areas have been revived and become hotspots for culture and creativity. Paris is the city of the arts and has an extremely rich cultural sector, yet the city is facing its own particular challenges, particularly in terms of rebuilding communities and urban regeneration. There is a real need in Paris for this at the moment,” say co-founders Dom Tappy and Thomas Winkel.

They have now launched a crowdfunding campaign to take their activities to the next level. The funding will allow them to expand the team, to finish the revival of a bordering (event) space, to upgrade the technical and safety features of the spaces, to acquire new tools and materials and to keep growing the community. Their ambition is to transform Fort d’ Aubervilliers further into a breeding-ground for artists, creatives, local businesses and to share this special place with the people of Aubervilliers, Paris and beyond.

Until December 17th, you can support Recup Paris in return for some exclusive art rewards and unique experiences at the Fort.

Campaign page:

For additional information about Recup Paris please visit their website ( and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Recup Paris
Recup Paris was founded in 2016 by Dom Tappy and Thomas Winkel. Tappy and Winkel have previously worked as intermediaries and advisors to governments, NGO’s and businesses. They have assisted in the development and implementation of sustainability strategies
now, all of their shared experience, along with plenty of blood, sweat and passion, is being put into the development of Recup Paris. Over the last six months, Tappy and Winkel have redeveloped the spaces, using almost exclusively abandoned materials they found on-site.

Opportunity: Climate Project Grant – Invoking the Pause

Initial Grant: Invoking the Pause

ITP provides for a “creative pause” – a reflective retreat for a team to take time away in a place of beauty of their choice.

•”Pause” Purpose: to engage in collaborative conversations and develop ideas and/or strategies about how to craft a meaningful response to climate challenge issues.
•Grant Size: Up to $10,000 is available for selected projects, to cover expenses directly related to the project as outlined in the grant proposal budget.

Preference is given to a team of individuals who bring different yet complementary skills to the effort. To be considered for a grant, applicants must each have:

Three or more years of experience working in the particular field of interest;
Some familiarity and/or experience in working with the other team members;
The ability to complete your project within five months of receiving the grant.
Application Details For 2017 Grants:

Please submit no more than 6 proposal pages (plus additional *3 maximum attachments*) with the following information:

-Name and contact information for each collaborator with short resume/bio for each – please identify key contact person, email and physical mailing address
-Synopsis of the proposed project idea, its desired impact and how your particular collaboration may leverage action on some climate challenge issue
-Reveal how you heard about Invoking the Pause and explain what draws you to this opportunity
-Brief description of previous collaboration, if applicable
-Logistics: location, time frame, structure and creative elements
-Proposed budget of expenses directly related to your “pause”
-Up to *3 attachments: PDF’s, media files, links etc., that further illustrate your ideas
For collaborations not part of a recognized nonprofit, federal grant-making law requires that you obtain a fiscal sponsor. Please provide a letter of support from this organization with your application.

Please submit your application BY JANUARY 31, 2017 to Arlene Hilliard:

Applicants will be notified by March 30, 2017

Second Phase Grant Opportunities will be available later in 2017 after the annual Grant Partner Gathering. Please see the Existing Grant Partner Application Process page of this website for more information.


Job Opportunity: Brown University, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Visiting Design Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Deadline January 15, 2017
Date Posted November 29, 2016
Type Non tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Position Description:

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University invites applications for a three-year full time residency as a Visiting Lecturer in Scene Design beginning July 2017. We are looking for a committed, fundamentally collaborative colleague to spearhead the expanding role of design in a Liberal Arts context. This forward-thinking individual will join a vibrant and dynamic community of artists, scholars, students and staff in a department that is committed to excellence in practice, design as research, and encourages diversity of thought, aesthetic expression, and pedagogy as a matter of course.

Responsibilities include Scenic Design, scenic art and properties design of the department’s main stage season; supervision/mentoring of undergraduate student designers and artisans, MFA directors; and a hands-on approach to realizing the demands of an active production season.

Applicants will have an MFA in Scenic Design, professional scenic design experience, and a minimum of 3-5 years of university teaching experience. Candidates with a working knowledge of computer aided design, digital media, projection design and emerging design technologies such as Civic Practice, and/or Green Theater are of particular interest.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Application Materials and Deadlines:

Please send a cover letter, CV, design portfolio and three letters of recommendation to Kym Moore, Associate Professor/ Search Committee Chair via Interfolio.

For fullest consideration, candidates will submit applications by January 15, 2017, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled or the search is closed. The term of employment will begin July 1, 2017. Candidates should expect to begin their full-time residency at the university by that date.

Apply via Interfolio here:

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Open Call: VIFA International Photography Exhibition 2017

International Photography Exhibition

VIFA is back with one of the most happening events of the festival – Worldwide Climate Change Photography Exhibition. Climate is a major concern globally. As to support the central theme of VIFA, this section is open to anybody to contribute and raise his/her voice for climatic concerns.

This year the theme of the exhibition is “CLIMATE CHANGE & TRAVELING”.

If you have seeking eyes and fingertip palpitations; you are one step in to participate. Click an image that speaks for climate concern through traveling. Think, and write something about your concerns to the climate change. Now you’re ready. Finish the formalities and be a part of the global community.

Read the instructions to send your entries.

Terms & Conditions

-Like on & is mandatory
-Upload a Jpeg image on both &
-Upload your photos with following hash tags – #VIFA, ‪#vifa2017, ‪#‎vihaanindia‬, #vifaindia #vifaphotography #traveling ‪#‎climatechange #theatrewithoutborder‬
-Entries without ‪#‎tags‬ will not be accepted
-Add a note with your click, concerning climate change
-Number of likes on your photograph & a panel of expert will choose winners
-You can share as many number of photographs, though the conditions will remain same for uploading
-If your image is selected for exhibition, we will contact you for a higher resolution image
-Best 30 photographs will be exhibited at VIFA 2017
-Best 3 photos will be published in souvenir of VIFA 2017
-Selections will be announced online.

Good Luck!



Open Call: 2017 Land Art Competition

Nka Foundation invites submissions from creative practitioners and organizations dedicated to community placemaking to participate in its 2017 Land Art Competition. The competition is open to landscape architects, artists, curators, designers, architects, urban planners, structural engineers, university students and others from around the world to submit ideas for large-scale and site-specific public art installations based on site in rural Ghana. The submitted entries can be functional or nonfunctional works but must aim at creating a truly unique experience that becomes emblematic of what an arts village is and how it needs to function as a PLACE. Forty of the submitted proposals will be selected for creation on site and to be exhibited as site-specific public art installations that will altogether become a part of the Abetenim Arts Village in Ghana. The arts village is designed as a learning center to provide relational spaces for creative people from the region and other countries to live, work, learn and create.

Registration: October 3, 2016-January 31, 2017
Submission of Entries: February 10-15, 2017
Selection of Projects by Jury: March 31-April 17, 2017
Press Release on the Winning Projects: April 30, 2017
Building Workshops to Realize the Top 40 Design Entries: September 2017 to March 2019.

Submissions must be received by the competition organizers no later than February 15, 2017. The construction site will be Abetenim Arts Village, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Total costs of constructing the design entry must not exceed $3,000 (USD) for materials and local labor. The entry fee is $40 for individual entry and $50 for team entry. Jurors will award prizes for 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $700; and 3rd: $400. Honourable Mentions Certificates will be awarded by the jury to 7 of the Top 40 Entries. Here is where to register: and submit your design entry via the competition discussion board:

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