Conferences & Maker Training

Craft Hub International Conference Presentations - Open Call

Closing date: 18 Jun 2023

Scotland-based makers, curators, researchers and academics are invited to contribute presentations for the Craft Hub Hybrid Conference.

Scotland-based makers, curators, researchers and academics are invited to contribute presentations for the Craft Hub Hybrid Conference​ to be held in-person 26 - 27 October 2023 ​at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway and online​ 1 November 2023.​ 

Please submit your deadline for expressions of interest for conference presentations by ​​Midnight, Sunday 18 June 2023. (Deadline now extended)

Craft Hub Conference: Transformation - Effect and Affect of Craft in Society  

Craft Hub is a European project co-funded by Creative Europe focused on craft in the context of cultural heritage and its continuing relevance in contemporary practice.  

The autumn conference aims to raise awareness of the role of craft in society in the broadest sense. Keynote speakers and lecturers, representing the 9 partner organisations collaborating on the Craft Hub project, will share current research into craft, contribute to a discussion about the value of preserving traditional craft and discuss perspectives on contemporary craft practice.  
The conference is also an opportunity for Craft Hub project partners to share outcomes from the project and to discuss the potential for the future development of Craft Hub, for example through the EU plan of New European Bauhaus.  
Conference presenters are invited to provide perspectives on the many roles of craft and making disciplines including the interplay between craft & design, craft & art, craft & technology.  

Presenters who are interested will be invited to publish an academic article based on their presentation in a peer reviewed research journal - formACADEMIC: https://journals.oslomet.no/index.php/formakademisk 

Craft Hub partners include: Carlow County Council, University of Wales, Glasmaleri Peters Studios, Materahub, Designskolen Kolding, Craft Scotland, Nova School of Science & Technology, Oecon and Oslomet - Oslo Metropolitan University. Learn more about the project https://www.crafthub.eu/ .  



Presentation Contributors 

Presentations should fit within one of the three main conference themes:  

  • Theme 1: Exploring Craft Heritage. 
  • Theme 2: Aesthetics of Materiality.  
  • Theme 3: Technology and Craft. 

​Completed presentations (powerpoints, pre-recorded presentations) must be submitted to Oslo Met by midnight, Sunday 1 October 2023. 

About the contributors: 

  • Contributors can participate digitally or in-person.  
  • Craft Scotland will select one representative for the online presentation and one representative for the in-person presentation. 
  • Online presentations should be 10 minutes duration and can be live or pre-recorded.  
  • In-person presentations will be 10 minutes duration plus 10 minutes for a Q&A.  
  • Presentations can include powerpoint, film and video.  
  • After the conference recorded presentations will be made available on the Craft Hub website. 

Contributor 1 - Online: Fees & Expenses   
Speaker fee: £250 (inc VAT.) 

Contributor 2 - In-person: Fees & Expenses   
Speaker fee: £250 (inc VAT.) 
Travel Expenses: Craft Scotland will pay for travel and accommodation x 3 nights for attending the conference.  

Submit your application 

If you are interested in submitting a presentation proposal, please complete ​​the online application form by midnight, Sunday 18 June 2023. 

Proposals will be reviewed by Craft Scotland and the Craft Hub Conference co-ordinator at Oslo Met. We will notify selected presenters by​​ Monday 26 June 2023. 

Equal Opportunities & Access 

Craft is culturally significant, essential to our economy and meaningful to our communities. Craft Scotland believes that everyone should have the opportunity to see, enjoy, learn about and participate in craft. 

We are committed to equality and opposed to all forms of unfair discrimination. We welcome applications from underrepresented in the cultural sector: including but not limited to makers with lived experience of being Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and/or a Person of Colour, Refugee, D/deaf, Neurodivergent, Disabled, and/or LGBTQIA+. 

We welcome applications from makers from all backgrounds. 

Read: Craft Scotland Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion Update 

Support with your application  

If you are interested in this opportunity but feel there are some barriers to participation, for example: 

  • Caring responsibilities 
  • Financial
  • Accessibility 
  • Travel 
  • Slow internet/devices etc.

Please get in touch. We would be happy to discuss this with you and see what support is available.   

If you think you might be a good fit for the opportunity and would like to find out more, in advance of applying, then please do get in touch. You can contact Irene Kernan, Director, Craft Scotland at hello@craftscotland.org.    

Craft Hub is a collaborative three-year project involving nine UK & EU partners including Craft Scotland, co-funded by Creative Europe.


Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Closing Date & Time:
18 Jun 2023 11:55pm
Key Contact:
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