OPEN CALL: Crafts from Anatolia, Designs from Europe

Posted 20.12.21

Turkey Design Council and project partners Brumen Foundation and Traditional Arts Association are inviting designers from all across the European Union to get to know five different Anatolian crafts and reinterpret one (or more) of them for a contemporary audience.

Anatolia, the vast region spanning most of mainland Turkey, was once home to ancient civilizations; today, its craftspeople still carry expert knowledge, which is passed from generation to generation, but is being increasingly forgotten. To revitalize these ancient skill sets, we’re introducing five different crafts – quilting, inlaying, ceramics, felt making, and stone carving – and inviting designers to create their own contemporary product design proposals.

About the open call

  • Designers and creatives from all across the European Union member and candidate countries (excluding Turkey) above the age of 18 can apply to the open call.
  • Submissions can be made in two categories; either as a student or a professional. 
  • 10 authors of the selected design proposals will be invited to Turkey for a 5-day trip between February and April 2022 (with all expenses covered, including monetary compensation of 750 EUR for students and 1500 EUR for professionals) to join the craftspeople in their workshops and co-produce product prototypes, which will then be exhibited in Istanbul and promoted throughout the EU and Turkey. 

Applications are open until 31 January 2022!

Further details on the project are available on

An online Q&A session will be held on 25 January at 17:00 CET via Zoom, with information on the open call, the application process and an opportunity to ask any questions you have.

Online Q&A Zoom link HERE

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