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European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2023 for MADE IN

MADE IN: Crafts and Design Narratives, AUSTRIA/HRVATSKA/SLOVENIJA/SRBIJA

The European Commission and Europa Nostra have announced today the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2023. This year, 30 outstanding heritage achievements from 21 countries have been awarded Europe’s top honour in the field (see the full list below). Among this year’s winners in the category Education, Training & Skills is MADE IN: Crafts and Design Narratives, AUSTRIA / CROATIA / SLOVENIA / SERBIA.

The 30 winners were selected by the Jury, composed of heritage experts from across Europe, upon evaluation by the Selection Committees that are responsible for examining award applications, which this year were submitted by organisations and individuals from 35 European countries.

Cecilia Bartoli, the world-renowned mezzo-soprano and President of Europa Nostra, stated: “I warmly congratulate this year’s winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards on their well-deserved recognition. They are inspiring examples which truly contribute to building a more beautiful, sustainable and inclusive Europe. Their success stories demonstrate how adversity can be overcome through pooling expertise, dedication, creativity and innovation. I look forward to meeting them in person and celebrating all the winners at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony in our beloved World Heritage City of Venice”.

The winners will be celebrated at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony on 28 September in the Palazzo del Cinema in Venice. This prestigious event will be honoured with the participation of Cecilia Bartoli, President of Europa Nostra. Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission, is also expected to attend this high-level event. During the ceremony, the Grand Prix laureates and the Public Choice Award winner, chosen from among this year’s winners and entitled to receive €10,000 each, will be announced. The ceremony will be a highlight of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2023, organised by Europa Nostra with the support of the European Commission, on 27-30 September in the World Heritage City of Venice.

Heritage supporters and enthusiasts are now encouraged to discover the winners and vote online to decide who will win the Public Choice Award 2023, entitled to receive a monetary award of €10,000.

MADE IN: Crafts and Design Narratives

MADE IN is a European platform that brings together designers, researchers and curators, who are all dedicated to exploring heritage through contemporary production. The platform’s multifaceted approach encompasses research, mapping and the archiving of local crafts, as well as collaborative co-creation programmes and participatory knowledge exchange initiatives. MADE IN promotes the invaluable role of crafts in shaping local identities and ensuring the sustainability of communities.

Conceived in 2014 by the OAZA Art Organisation in response to the decline of small crafts and workshops in Zagreb, MADE IN made its debut during the 24th Biennial of Design (BIO 50) in Ljubljana, organised by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO). This initial exploration laid the foundation for a partnership among six organisations: OAZA, the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb (Croatia), the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana (Slovenia), the craft and trade association Werkraum Bregenzerwald (Austria), Nova Iskra and Mikser (Serbia).

Funded through the Creative Europe Small Cooperation Programme, MADE IN spanned from 2018 to 2021. Additional support from public and private sources in four countries, including ministries of culture, the Dutch Embassy in Croatia, Centre for Creativity in Slovenia and various other foundations contributed to its success.

By addressing critical themes such as nanotourism, sustainability, materials, resources and communities, the project generated insights that align with the priorities of the European Commission, including the European Green Deal, A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and the New European Bauhaus. The project yielded various outcomes including the creation of new products, a book, a website, and a travelling exhibition. The project’s pioneering initiative, “Crafts and Design Narratives”, showcased the mapping of craftspeople in the region and facilitated invaluable knowledge exchange between craftspeople and designers.

MADE IN stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and its potential to bridge traditional crafts with contemporary design, nurturing a vibrant ecosystem of creativity and heritage.

“Through the effective utilisation of digital technology, the MADE IN project skilfully showcases the intangible heritage of evolving craft skills. The website, thoughtfully designed and easily navigable, offers a wealth of engaging information. However, the project goes beyond being just a digital tool as it fosters connections between craftspeople and contemporary designers. The emphasis is on the continuation and evolution of these time-honoured traditions, ensuring their relevance for future generations. With a long-term vision and a strong drive to expand its reach, this relatively new network is poised for growth, reflecting its progressive and innovative approach to the intersection of art, crafts and design”, the Awards’ Jury stated.

“This pan-European project highlights the common threads of our shared craft heritage while embracing a regional flavour through close collaboration with local communities. The intergenerational aspect of the project is notable, bringing together young designers and seasoned craft practitioners. This creates a vital connection between heritage and the creative industries, addressing timely social and commercial changes and offering opportunities for sustainable growth”, the Jury added.

From Norway to Portugal, from France to Ukraine: these are the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2023

Conservation & Adaptive Reuse

Steam Engine Brewery, Lobeč, CZECHIA

Friluftsskolen Open-Air School, Copenhagen, DENMARK

Hôtel de la Marine, Paris, FRANCE

Royal Gardens of Venice, ITALY

Museum of Urban Wooden Architecture, Vilnius, LITHUANIA

Wit Stwosz Altarpiece in St. Mary’s Basilica, Kraków, POLAND

Mudéjar Ceilings of the Cathedral of Funchal, Madeira, PORTUGAL

Deba Bridge, Gipuzkoa, SPAIN

Ruins of the Monastery of San Pedro de Eslonza, Gradefes, SPAIN

Scientific-Archaeological Studies for the Preservation of Ererouyk, ARMENIA/FRANCE

Proto-Industrial Architecture of the Veneto in the Age of Palladio, ITALY

Safeguarding of the Artisanal Fishing Technique “Arte-Xávega”, PORTUGAL

Education, Training & Skills

MADE IN: Crafts and Design Narratives, AUSTRIA/CROATIA/SLOVENIA/SERBIA

ACTA VISTA, Marseille, FRANCE 

Carpenters without Borders, Paris, FRANCE

National Centres for Restoration of Historic Vessels, NORWAY

Pathfinders of the Waters, Danube Delta, ROMANIA

Citizens’ Engagement & Awareness-raising

Village Square Meer, Antwerp, BELGIUM

Budapest100, HUNGARY

Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), Dublin, IRELAND

Open for You, ITALY

ALMADA Project, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

Via Transilvanica, ROMANIA

Un-archiving Post-industry, UKRAINE

Heritage Champions

Hambis Tsangaris, CYPRUS

Sergio Ragni, ITALY

Cláudio Torres, PORTUGAL

Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO), UKRAINE/INTERNATIONAL PROJECT

Europa Nostra Awards 2023 for outstanding projects from the UK 

This year, Europa Nostra Awards go to two remarkable heritage projects from a European country not taking part in the EU Creative Europe programme.

Cleveland Pools, Bath, UNITED KINGDOM (Conservation & Adaptive Reuse)

MINIARE: The Art & Science of Manuscript Heritage, Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM (Research)

Two decades of showcasing heritage-related excellence in Europe

The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards were launched by the European Commission in 2002 and have been run by Europa Nostra ever since. For 21 years, the Awards have been a key tool to recognise and promote the multiple values of cultural and natural heritage for Europe’s society, economy and environment.

The Awards have highlighted and disseminated heritage excellence and best practices in Europe, encouraged the cross-border exchange of knowledge and connected heritage stakeholders in wider networks. The Awards have brought major benefits to the winners, such as greater (inter)national exposure, additional funding and increased visitor numbers. In addition, the Awards have championed a greater care for our shared heritage amongst Europe’s citizens. For additional facts and figures about the Awards, please visit the Awards website.

The Call for Entries for the 2024 edition of the Awards is now open. Applications can be submitted online through www.europeanheritageawards.eu/apply. Submit your application and share your know-how!