Initial impetus to the research on the presence of applied arts in Flanders

Since September 1993, the Artistic Crafts Department has been taking the first steps towards the systematic classification of documents related to the creation and distribution of artistic craft and design products and training courses, symposiums and competitions in this field. This archive mainly consists of material received since 1980, but the sixties and seventies are also present. Moreover, there is a remarkable emphasis on the folkloric aspect of applied art.

The current state of affairs enables us to present a first survey of the applied art in Flanders, more particularly of ceramics, jewellery and silversmithery, textile, glass and furniture by Flemish and international artists since 1980. Free graphics, photography and sculptural ceramics have not been taken into consideration because these branches are closely related to the free arts. Here, we will give a general outline of our research and the numerous paths opened by the multitude of materials. The main official initiatives in this field are the activities of the Creative Crafts Department (ESIM), since 1991 known as the Artistic Crafts Department (VIZO), the mainly museological activities of the Museum for Decorative Arts (Ghent) and those of the Provincial departments for Artistic Crafts. WCC Flanders has worked closely with these and other bodies. Moreover, since 1990 a commercial circuit has been developed which first gained momentum in the eighties.


INITIATIVES SUPPORTED BY THE GOVERNMENT
CREATIVE CRAFTS DEPARTMENT AND ARTISTIC CRAFTS DEPARTMENT

The Creative Crafts Department of the ESIM (Economic and Social Institute for the Self-Employed), which was regionalized in 1991, is now part of the VIZO (Flemish Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises) and known as the Artistic Crafts Department, has always been very active in the field of promoting contemporary artistic crafts.
It organises large and small exhibitions, participates in interior design fairs, holds talks, symposiums and colloquiums (sometimes in collaboration with the World Crafts Council- Flanders) and publishes the magazines 'Belgisch Kreatief Ambacht' (Belgian Creative Crafts - 1979-1990) and Kwintessens (Kwintessens - since 1991).
  A. Exhibitions
  B. Participation in fairs
  C. Publications
  D. Competitions and selections
  E. Introductions, speeches and colloquiums
  F. Television
  G. Mass events


ACTIVITIES IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE VIZO
(FROM THE 1ST OF JULY 1991 ONWARDS)

  A. As far as the activities of the Artistic Crafts Department of the VIZO are concerned, we kindly refer the reader to the annual report submitted to the Board of Directors of the VIZO for the years 1991, 1992, 1993.
  B. Publications in the framework of the VIZO
  C. Speeches
  D. In Collaboration with the World Crafts Council-Flanders


MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS SINCE 1980



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