Danish Art Foundation

Danish crafts and design abroad

Grants for Danish craftsmen and designers’ travel and accommodation, transport of works, and publications in connection with exhibitions of Danish contemporary craft and design outside Denmark.


Who may apply?

Professionals with a close connection to the contemporary Danish craft and design scene: craftsmen, designers, curators, writers, communicators, museums, galleries and those with an interest in developing and promoting Danish craft and design.

Museums and other exhibition spaces, private galleries, craft and design organizations and international curators etc. who wish to:

  • Exhibit or showcase contemporary Danish craft and design
  • Arrange seminars, workshops, talks etc. in connection with an exhibition of Danish contemporary craft and design
  • Publish catalogues or other information material (printed or digital) about contemporary Danish craft and design in connection with an exhibition

Please note the following:

  • Danish craftsmen and designers whose work will be exhibited abroad can apply themselves for grants for production of work for exhibitions abroad. Read more here (in Danish).
  • Please note that the Danish Arts Foundation is obliged to publish the names of all applicants.

The Committee for Crafts and Design Project Funding supports living craftsmen and designers. Exhibitions must present contemporary craftsmen and designers however, group shows do not necessarily have to present living artists only.

CPR and CVR number plus taxes

A grant will automatically be paid to the NEM-konto that belongs to the CPR or CVR number that is stated in the application. Please confer with your bank, whether you have a NEM-konto before you apply for a grant. 

  • It is not possible to change the CVR/CPR number subsequently. 
  • Foreign applicants should write the series 012345 and attach a bank scheme instead of writing a CVR/CPR number. The bank scheme can be found under the headline “What should an application include”.
  • Grants from the Danish Arts Foundation will be reported to SKAT. SKAT counsels on issues relating to taxes.

Collaborative projects/collaborators

If you are a group of collaborators and intend to share a grant between you but do not share a CVR-number, you ought to send an application with an identical project name and identical appendix. In the budget scheme, every applicant has to state the personal share of the total grant. The budget scheme can be downloaded under the headline “What should an application include”.

Purpose of the program

The Danish Arts Foundation wishes to promote high artistic quality of contemporary Danish craft and design by supporting development, innovation and visibility of contemporary Danish crafts and design on the international scene by supporting:

  • TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION. Support for contemporary Danish craftspeople and designers' travel, accommodation and honorarium in connection with an exhibition or a show of their work and related events outside Denmark.
  • TRANSPORT AND INSURANCE OF WORK. Support for transport and insurance of exhibited work.
  • CREATING AN EXHIBITION, SHOW OR FAIR. Support for building up the exhibition/show, curator/participant honorarium, the price of an exhibition stand etc.
  • CATALOGUES AND OTHER INFORMATION MATERIAL. Support for publications and other information material (digital or printed) produced in connection with an exhibition / or show of contemporary Danish craft and design, aiming to increase the visibility of Danish contemporary crafts and design on the international scene.

Grants are not given to:

  • Exhibitions and projects which ended before the application deadline
  • Rent for studios
  • Daily allowances/local transportation
  • Assistants’ travel and residence (as a rule)
  • Residencies that has been fully covered by the host organization
  • Educational programs
  • Projects made by educational institutions and students
  • Capital investments made by companies (for instance, new machines for production)

How your application will be evaluated?

The Committee for Crafts and Design Project Funding handles applications according to the following criteria:

Artistic quality

As a general rule, grants are given to applications that express a high level of artistic quality within their field.

The committee assesses the artistic quality based on the following criteria:

  • High artistic quality and personal style
  • A professional and reflective relation to materials, context, tradition and the contemporary scene
  • An experimental approach to the field, which is visible in projects and/or products

The following is central to an experimental approach to craft and design:

  • Rethinking traditions, developing the field and challenging firm beliefs
  • Originality, imagination and substance
  • Works/products that are either produced in new materials or materials which have been  reinterpreted


Beside artistic quality, applications that relate to exhibitions, fairs, residencies, participation in seminars, conferences etc. are also seen in relation to the context, which the project takes place in: if the exhibition space/event/program has a high level of professional expertise, whether a participation will provide opportunities for networking and whether a participation has a clear purpose for the applicants artistic and professional project and practice. 


In terms of applications that aim at communicating a project as a whole, the committee will decide whether the project has the appropriate communicator, if the project has and can reach a relevant target group and if the project will be able to gather relevant actors within the field of craft and design. In terms of applications on behalf of individual craftsmen/designers, the committee will estimate whether the project will support and is artistically aligned with the craftsmen/designers own production. This is done in order to ensure that the audience and whoever interested will get the right impression of the practitioner’s talent and possibilities.   

In general   

The Committee for Crafts and Design Project Funding assigns grants to applicants and/or projects that will positively benefit the practitioner’s career.

What should the application contain?

A successful application stays within the criterias of what an application should (and should not) contain (look beneath). Further, it should argue concisely why the project in question is important to the applicant and/or for the field in general.

Alongside the text, the attached visual material (drafts, photos etc.) should provide the committee with enough material to judge the artistic quality of the project.

Do not attach other people’s work such as inspirational pictures or mood boards. However, if there are certain reasons to do so, please state that these pictures are not yours. If the artistic work has been done in collaboration with others, do mention this as well.

File formats: “Pages-” and “zip”-files are not accepted.

The appendix must be maximum 15 MB in total.

To insure a standardised procedure, the committee has decided a limit for the amount of material needed for each application. Additional material will not be read.

We recommend that you read the application form and have the necessary information anddocuments ready at hand before you start completing the form.

The following documents must be attached to the application

Activities and expenses relating to the same project should be collected together in a single application.

  1. Completed project description and budget. Please use this template. 
  2. Sample images that visualise the project in question such as photos, sketches and other pictures: a maximum of four A4 pages with pictures. (format: pdf or jpg)
  3. Additional material that documents earlier work can be attached as well: a maximum of one A4 page with pictures. (format: word or pdf)
  4. For applicants with a foreign bank account: please complete the bank scheme
  5. CV of all the craftsmen, designers, curators, presenters, writers, etc. for whom funding is requested. NB! For group exhibitions, only attach abbreviated CVs of the participating artists, max 10 pages in total.
  6. Sample images: Min. five pictures of max five A4 pages, which are combined in one PDF file. 
  7. Complete bank information using the official form for international bank wire transfers below: 

Countries using IBAN: Bank information for international wire transfers

Countries not using IBAN: Bank information for international wire transfers

To choose the correct form, be sure to check whether or not your country uses the IBAN system on

Please note the following:

  • Applications will be presented for the committee after the deadline. It is applicants’ own responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application contain the required documents by the deadline.
  • No additional material will be submitted in the assessment of the application. 
  • The application must include all required enclosures (max 15 MB in total). Missing supporting documentation cannot be supplied later.
  • You will receive an acknowledgment message immediately after submitting your application. It will indicate the annexes attached to your application. Please check that the application is complete and save the receipt.

If your application is incomplete, a new and complete application must be submitted before the deadline expires. The most recently submitted application will be presented to the committee.

Who will evaluate your application?

It is the Committee for Crafts and Design Project Funding within the Arts Foundation who undertakes the professional assessment of the application. 

How much you may apply for?

We will imburse the grant on the NemKonto, which is related to the applications CVR-number. We will notify SKAT about the grant. No taxes have been payed from the grant. Grants will be imbursed as close to the beginning of the project as possible.

Application form as PDF?

All applications to the Danish Arts Foundation must be submitted electronically via the online application form. However, many applicants find it helpful to familiarize themselves with the requirements in the online form before submitting any application. You can review a preview version of the form below. Please keep in mind, that the preview is for preparatory orientation only.

Click here to preview the online application form (NB the form cannot be filled in)

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