International Conference about Art and Crafts

International Conference about Art and Crafts
Mārtiņš Otto, Riga2014
The international conference “Creativity and Interdisciplinary Co-operation in Art and Crafts” will be held on the 19th to 21st of November as part of the “Riga 2014” exhibition “Surprising Lace”.

The exhibition in St. Peter’s Church, which will run until the 18th of January, 2015, and the conference are part of the “Riga 2014” Programme. The conference will take place at the “Radi un draugi” hotel (Mārstaļu iela 3, Riga).

Speakers at the conference include nine international art and crafts experts from Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, France, Ireland, Lithuania and Italy. Latvia will be represented by art historian Helēna Demakova, designer Anita Grase, ethnographer Aija Jansone and Professor Jānis Zilgalvis. The experts will share their experience and knowledge of the traditional and contemporary in art and crafts, positive and negative trends in preservation of cultural heritage, challenges, creativity and interdisciplinary co-operation opportunities in the creation of competitive art and craftwork science, crafts, entrepreneurship, art and other areas that go back to, and are inspired by, traditional art and culture. The working language at the conference will be English and Latvian, with simultaneous translation provided for all lectures and presentations.


18th of November – Participants in the international conference arrive at the Avalon hotel
5 p.m. A meeting of the European Folk Art and Craft Federation’s Board

19th of November – Conference at the “Radi un draugi” hotel (Mārstaļu iela 3, Riga)

8:30 a.m. Registration of participants
9 a.m. Opening of the conference
9:30 a.m. Marketta Luutonen, Finnish Crafts Organisation. “The Culture of Crafts in Finland”
9:50 a.m. Tiia Artla, Lecturer at the Handicraft Technology and Folk Art Institute at the Tallinn University (Estonia). “Lace in Estonian Farmer Culture”

10:10 a.m. Anne Hein, Lecturer at the Handicraft Technology and Folk Art Institute at the Tallinn University (Estonia). “Skills and Logics Necessary to Make Bobbin Lace”

10:30 a.m. Kerstin Andersson Åhlin, Swedish Handicraft Society. “Swedish Handicraft Organisations”

10:50 a.m. Solveig Torgersen Grinder, Training and Competence Adviser at the Norwegian Folk Art and Craft Association. “Trends and Threats in Traditional Crafts Today”

11:10 a.m. Coffee break
11:40 a.m. Helēna Demakova, art historian at the Art Academy of Latvia. “Lace in Visual Arts – from Image to Abstraction”

12 noon Anita Grase, head of the design studio “Dizains videi” (Latvia). “Design with a Feeling of Identity”

12:20 p.m. Jānis Zilgalvis,  Dr. arch., member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, head of the Architecture Department of the State Inspection for Heritage Protection. “Wooden Lace as a Special Decorative Feature”

12:40 p.m. Aija Jansone, Institute of Latvian History, University of Latvia. “Value Systems and Process of Continuity in Latvian Applied Arts”

1 p.m. Lunch break

2 p.m. Catherine Virassami, intangible cultural heritage, art and crafts expert (France). “Making of, Practices, and Properties of French Lace”

2:20 p.m. Natalie B Coleman, fashion designer (Ireland). “Iterations of Lace in the 21st Century”

2:40 p.m. Terese Jurkuviene, Lithuanian Culture Research Institute. “Lace in Lithuanian Folk Costumes”

3 p.m. Elisa Guidi, Chief Co-ordinator at Centro per l'Artigianato Artistico e Tradizionale della Toscana (Italy). “Values in Crafts, Best Practice Examples from Toscana and Italy”

3:20 p.m. Coffee break
3:50 p.m. Information about the EU Structural Funds’ Territorial Co-operation Objective Programme “INTERREG IV C 2007-2013” project “INNOCRAFTS”

4 p.m. Discussions

5 p.m. Closing of the conference

5:20 p.m. Visit to the international exhibition “Surprising Lace” in St. Peter’s Church

8:30 p.m. Closing event of the night at the “Avalon” hotel
20th of November – A tour of Cēsis (the Castle, Museum, Old Town, master class/workshop on the making of folk costumes, etc.)

8:30 a.m. Leaving the “Avalon” hotel

8 p.m. – Return to the “Avalon” hotel

21st of November – 10 a.m. Morning excursion to Riga’s Old Town/master classes and workshops

As reported, the “Riga 2014” exhibition “Surprising Lace” in St. Peter’s Church will be on show until the 18th of January, 2015 presenting works by artists, designers and craftsmen inspired by themes and motifs in traditional and folk art. The broad range of the exhibits includes old, new, authentic, intricate and not so intricate designs, including ones inspired by other cultures.

Artists, designers, experts from traditional applied art studios, craftsmen from twelve countries participate in the exhibition, including 25 international artists representing Finland, Germany, Norway, Bulgaria, England, France, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Ireland, Georgia, as well as 81 artists from Latvia.

The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the foundation “Riga 2014” in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission, and offered to the public in partnership with “Lattelecom”, which also provides technical support for the Programme.


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