Danish Crafts in merger with the Danish Agency for Culture
As part of the recent reform of funding for the arts, Danish Crafts has merged with the Danish Agency for Culture, effective from 1 January 2014.The reform also introduces a project funding committee for crafts and design under the Danish Arts Foundation. The two international activities MINDCRAFT and Danish Crafts Collection continue under the aegis of the Danish Arts Foundation with the Danish Agency for Culture serving as the secretariat.
From 1999 through 2013, Danish Crafts existed as an independent institution with a professional board under the Danish Ministry of Culture. Danish Crafts aimed to highlight, promote and increase turnover for Danish craft and design in Denmark and abroad. During its existence, the institution’s ongoing strategic effort has helped redefine the image of Danish craft in the international arena.
Danish Crafts also allocated funding for exhibitions and communication activities in Denmark and abroad aimed at increasing the visibility, accessibility and sales of Danish craft and design and at promoting business development and professional growth for Danish craftspeople and designers.
As part of the recent reform of funding for the arts, Danish Crafts has merged with the Danish Agency for Culture, effective from 1 January 2014. The reform also introduces a project funding committee for craft and design under the Danish Arts Foundation. Overall, the funding for the area has been increased.
Danishcrafts.dk and Danishcrafts.org no longer exist, but information about Danish craft and design is still available at danisharts.dk, and updates about Danish Crafts Collection and MINDCRAFT are available at Craftscollection.dk and Mindcraftexhibition.com.
Danish Crafts Collection
Danish Crafts Collection continues under the Danish Arts Foundation with the Danish Agency for Culture serving as the secretariat, and under the political decision behind the reform of funding for the arts, the activity continues at least through 2014 and 2015. The collection website Craftscollection.dk also continues.
Danish Crafts Collection is an award-winning annual collection founded in 1999 that presents a curated selection of the best in contemporary Danish craft and design in international fairs and other commercial venues. The marketing effort for the collection is combined with a press campaign in Denmark and abroad.
The purpose of Danish Crafts Collection is to contribute to the ongoing effort to promote Danish craft and design world-wide and to initiate a development for individual participants that may lead to a professional career on commercial terms – either based on the practitioner’s own production or in cooperation with a manufacturer. Over the years, many craftspeople have established a partnership with a design manufacturer after participating in Danish Crafts Collection.
The MINDCRAFT exhibition also continues under the aegis of the Danish Arts Foundation with the Danish Agency for Culture serving as the secretariat, and the exhibition concept will continue to be presented in connection with the annual Design Week in Milan, at least through 2015. The exhibition website, Mindcraftexhibition.com, also continues.
MINDCRAFT is an internationally recognized and award-winning exhibition concept with varying participants and external curators that presents the best of Danish craft and design in the world’s leading design venue in connection with the Milan Design Week.
The activity supports the profiling and branding of Danish craft and design to national and international opinion-formers, press, manufacturers and other professionals within the field. Since its launch in 2008, MINDCRAFT has provided a high-profile, professional platform for the international exposure of Danish craft and design.
MINDCRAFT participants are selected by an external curator who is appointed by the project funding committee for crafts and design under the Danish Arts Foundation.