ARTEC – Arts, Rediscovery, Traditions, Eclectic, Contemporary

15 december 2016

The ARTEC international project is coordinated by Transylvania Trust and implemented over a two year period, from 1st November 2015 to 31st October 2017. It is supported by the European Union through the Culture Sub-programme of the Creative Europe Programme.

The co-organisers of the project are:


   Association des Centres Culturels de Rencontre – ACCR, Paris, France
   Museum of Câmpulung, Câmpulung Muscel, Romania
   Art Union of Hungarian Engravers and Lithographers – AUHEL, Budapest, Hungary
   Diputación Provincial de Teruel, Teruel, Spain




The transnational circulation of cultural and creative works, combined with the cultural mobility of operators, performers and artists, has an immeasurable capacity in promoting cultural understanding and diversity within the European Union, bringing together people of different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, and the transnational circulation of skills and artistic specialties helps foster understanding between traditions and people from a variety of backgrounds. By using the historical background of Bánffy Castle, Bonțida and the restoration work which has been and will continue to be undertaken as inspiration for cultural artistic development and direct interaction between art, crafts skills, architectural restoration and theatre, the project creates a unique fusion of arts and crafts, and of artists, craftsmen and performers.
Built heritage, as part of the identity of a diverse Europe, often lacks the creative ways of interpreting and valorisation. An Arts and Crafts Centre established in a European-relevant heritage site brings together old and new, creative and traditional, modernism and conservatism in a creative way, which will bring together the exploration towards new artistic themes and the need for the preservation and enhancement of heritage, both built and intangible.


• the use of creativity and of the arts as an effective tool for the preservation and enhancement of European identity represented by its heritage
• the rediscovery of traditional themes and ways of artistic expression as an inspirational drive for young artists and creators in a multicultural context
• the employment of new technologies in the design of heritage areas, with an emphasis towards placing the traditions in a modern cultural context


The aim of the project is to target a very wide section of society:
• young artists at the beginning of their career, both in fine and performing arts, or from arts and design universities/colleges
• young craftsmen and students engaged in architectural, engineering and artistic studies
• disadvantaged groups
• schools in each of the partner countries
• professionals involved in heritage activities, as well as design and fine arts


The main activities, which include management activities as well, incorporate the following elements:

The establishment of the Arts and Crafts Centre (ACC) in Bánffy Castle, Bonțida
• Waiting for Revival international contest for the reinterpretation of the space hosting the Centre and selection of participants in all countries participating in the project.
• ACC set-up. The Centre, set up in the main building of Bánffy Castle, comprises a multifunctional space, an exhibition space and workshop areas, as well as an outdoor area for relaxing and playing.
Arts and Crafts Centre (ACC) in action
1. Artists and craftsmen in residence. Young artists at the beginning of their career and seasoned artists work and create in cooperation with craftsmen in developing new means and themes for artistic works, as part of the international action of the Centre.
2. Other events
• Workshops for Schoolchildren in Spain and Romania
• Open Days in Hungary and Romania
• Professional workshop to enhance the networking capacities of young artists
• Arts and Crafts Centre (ACC) inauguration. European Heritage Days – Metamorphoses Bánffy
• Castellarte (Arts fair at the Castle) organised at the ACC, starting with 2017, for young artists at the beginning of their career, to provide them the opportunity to meet other artists, identify supporters and sell their works.
International cultural cooperation
• The establishment and activities of the Arts and Crafts Centre are documented by travelling exhibitions, which are presented throughout Europe; their last stop will be ACC itself.
Dissemination, valorisation of results
This activity consists mainly in ensuring the visibility of the project results, together with providing the involved artists and craftsmen the promotion required for continuing their works at European level.


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