Danish Crafts seeks to establish a continuous debate in the field of craft and design. The objective of Danish Crafts’ conferences and seminars is to contribute to the current debate on central issues in professional and opinion-forming circles surrounding Danish craft and design.
KUR12 was a panel discussion about the value of craft and craftsmanship today. How does craft contribute to the design scene and to our society? The panel members were: Anders Ruhwald (ceramist), Maria Wettergren (gallerist), Christian Holmsted Olesen (curator and head of exhibitions at Designmuseum Danmark), Peter Bonnén (director and co-founder of Muuto) and Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning (CEO of Center for Culture and Experience Economy).
The event took place at Charlottenborg in Copenhagen.
KUR11 was about design and manufacturing processes in both local and global contexts. What are the new opportunities for designers and craftspeople today?
The event took place at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. The four keynote speakers shared their experiences and perspectives on the overall theme. The speakers were: Piet Hein Eek (NL), Nina Tolstrup (UK/DK), Jesper Moseholm (DK) and Mikael Lindholm (DK).
KUR10 focused on the value-creating qualities of craft. What are the challenges confronting Danish craft and design in these changing times, characterised as they are by major economic and social changes? Will reflection and moderation be the new luxury? And what opportunities will that produce for Danish craft and design in the future?
The event took place at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. Four keynote speakers shared their perspectives on the role of craft and design - now and in the future. The speakers were: Anne Mieke Eggenkamp (Design Academy Eindhoven), Fredrik Magnusson (Iittala), Libby Sellers (Gallery Libby Sellers) and Anne Skare Nielsen (Future Navigator).
Like previous KUR seminars the idea was to focus on a specific topic - and this year CAREER was on the agenda.
Can you plan a successful career? Should craftspeople and designers try to manage and control their careers? How do you combine art, craft and design with the commercial market?
From Local to Global Crafts - Limited Edition or Mass Production? This was the title of the latest KUR seminar, which adressed the new challenges of globalisation.
KUR08 was held on the 15th of January 2008 at the Factory of Art and Design in Copenhagen. The seminar featured: Brian Mikkelsen, Minister of Culture; Alexander Taylor, Established & Sons; FairTrade Designers; Eric N. Landon; Ulrik Jørring, Vækstfonden; Martin B. Kaldahl.
Creating new, groundbreaking craft requires professional practitioners as well as courageous producers. This is the theme of the KUR07 seminar.
KUR07 was held on the 30th of January 2007 in Turbinehallerne in Copenhagen. The seminar featured contributions from practitioners and producers in the field of craft and design: Names like Muuto: The New Professionals; Kvadrat: Working with the Bouroullec Brothers; Normann Copenhagen: Business and Lifestyle; Mette Kargo: Accelerating New Graduate; and Lisbeth Friis: Artistic and Experimental
Craft is the avant-garde of design and the investigative nature and possibilities inherent in crafts enable us to spot new talent. The Avantgarde Conference - an innovative joint venture between craft and commerce - was held on the 30th of March 2006 at Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen.
The objective of Danish Crafts' first conference was to put Danish craft and design on the agenda as an innovation-generating topic in the ongoing debate on the future commercial potential of Danish design.
Crafts exist in the intersection between culture and business with contemporary Danish craft being firmly rooted in cultural history with significant potential for "crossover" inspiration from other fields and cultural arenas as well as from international tendencies.