Turkey Design Council has initiated an EU project as coordinator, "From Ancient Anatolian Crafts to Contemporary Designs" with CCH-II/231 code financed under the “Grant Scheme for Common Cultural Heritage: Preservation and Dialogue between Türkiye and the EU-II (CCH-II) in partnership with Brumen Foundation (Slovenia) and Traditional Arts Association (Turkey).

It is aimed to spread the examples of ancient values combined with contemporary designs in Turkey and Europe within the scope of this project, which was launched to carry the Anatolian crafts at risk of disappearance into the future by means of intercultural cooperation. During the project, five of the traditional crafts, which are the cultural heritage of Anatolian lands, will be promoted in Europe. Ceramics (Iznik style), felt making, quilting, stone carving, and inlaying were determined to be implemented in the project. It is planned to create a video archive of Anatolian crafts by preparing documentaries in which each master explains the ropes of craft, materials, and production techniques in their own workshop.

Project Partners

  • Turkey Design Council, Turkey

    Turkey Design Council was established in 2016 to contribute to Turkey’s social and economic development with its design-oriented perspective. It aims to create design awareness for a better world. It focuses on increasing the visibility of design practices which create value in everyday lives. It supports the training of young designers and prepares the ground for the production of high quality designs.

  • Brumen Foundation, Slovenia

    The Brumen Foundation is a non-profit NGO established in 2003 whose aim is promoting quality design, advocating for designers, and informing a wider audience of the fact that design is all around us and is a key contributor to our quality of life. Awarding the highest national professional recognitions at the Brumen Biennial of Slovenian Design for exceptional projects, their authors and the businesses investing in design, organising monographic and group exhibitions, publishing, and researching, the Brumen Foundation encourages a critical reflection of visual communication.

  • Traditional Arts Association, Turkey

    Traditional Arts Association is a nonprofit civil organization established in 2007. It aims at ensuring the development of traditional arts in Turkey, contributing to its promotion, spreading art awareness, supporting education and production within this domain and gathering the practicing academicians, artists, students and other interested people in traditional arts under one roof.

Project Timeline

Project Timeline

Advisory Board

  • Gülname Turan
    Gülname Turan

    Board Member, Turkey Design Council

  • Mehmet Ali Güveli
    Mehmet Ali Güveli

    Board Member, Turkey Design Council

  • Aslıhan Erkmen Birkandan
    Aslıhan Erkmen Birkandan

    General Secretary, Traditional Arts Association

  • Ajda Schmidt
    Ajda Schmidt

    Board Member, Brumen Foundation

  • Hüsamettin Koçan
    Hüsamettin Koçan

    Artist & Founder, BAKSI Museum

  • Seza Sinanlar Uslu
    Seza Sinanlar Uslu

    Lecturer, Yıldız Technical University

  • Maeve Murphy
    Maeve Murphy

    Board Member Design & Crafts Council Ireland / BEDA Representative