The National Institute of Design (NID), India and Sangam: The Australia India Design Platform, is organizing a special Crafts Symposium - Make It New Again which will be held at NID, Ahmedabad from 22nd to 24thNovember’ 2012. The Symposium, a joint initiative of NID and Sangam would explore new models for the sustainability of traditional crafts. It aims to bring craft experts at a common platform in order to share and develop joint strategies relating to traditional crafts globally.

Traditional crafts are at a crossroads. Critical questions need to be asked and resolved in order to go forward. How will craft flourish in the future when the local demand for traditional handmade goods has declined? Can artisans capitalise their work as intellectual property, to be licensed to graphic designers or photographers? Are there new ways to connect with demand from international markets through customisation using online platforms? As artisans take advantage of all the new possibilities, how can they be sure that the traditional values that underpin their work will be maintained?

The Symposium

The symposium is visualised as a platform for a cross cultural exchange of the craft scenario between India and Australia particularly highlighting exemplary experiences, common issues and concerns, and the way forward. This symposium, which is collaborative initiative on the part of NID and Sangam will focus on the aforesaid issues and concerns, while also highlighting emerging opportunities vis-à-vis traditional crafts in a rapidly globalising world. In order to intensively delve into some of the critical issues, the event is structured in three parts as indicated below:

  • A plenary session as a part of the inauguration
  • Paper presentations which will be done through three concurrent Roundtable deliberations under three specific themes:
  • 1. Better Future: To Sustain Traditional Craft Values in a Changing World
  • 2. Better Society: How Craft can make a More Just Society?
  • 3. Better World: How Craft Might Benefit from Transnational Partnerships?
  • A plenary session as a part of the inauguration
  • The insights and strategies derived from the Roundtableswill contribute to a White Paper with recommendations for governmentorganisations, NGOs, designers, artisans and connoisseurs of traditional crafts.

The Symposium would also have 4-5 craft related exhibitions highlighting aspects of craft revival, craft documentation and craft design and development including a travelling exhibition from Australia. Additionally, it would have a Crafts Bazaar showcasing and selling products of artisans, NGOs and craft enterprises.The exhibitions and the proceedings of the symposium would be recorded live, and will be shared online in an attempt to reach out to a large number of people.

The Participants

The participants would predominantly comprise experts from Australia and India speaking at the plenary session and the roundtable discussions sharing their experiences, insights and vision. Over and above it would include craft experts, researchers, academicians, practising designers, students and artisans.

Registration Fees

  • Rs. 3000/- for professionals
  • Rs. 800/- for students
Registration closes on 15th November’ 2012

Demand Draft dated no later than 15th November’ 2012 drawn in favour of National Institute of Design must reach the following address latest by 17th November’ 2012:
Outreach Programmes
National Institute of Design
Paldi, Ahmedabad-380007

Limited seats are available for registration. National Institute of Design reserves the right to close the registration once the seats are filled.