Travel to Learn Arts and Crafts
Since 2010, UNESCO goes into partnership with the French Foundation « Fondation Culture & Diversité » for an international travel programme for students studying arts and crafts. Students who participated in the programme“Travel to learn arts and crafts” in 2012-2013 present the results of this initiative at UNESCO from 8 to 12 July 2013.
Before the closing of the exhibition, the representative of the Director General and Mr. Ladreit de Lacharrière, President of the Fondation Culture & Diversité and Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO present the certificates to the laureates 2012-2013 edition of the programme.
This programme enables arts and crafts students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete a study tour abroad and to benefit from new skills of local craftspeople while also sharing their own experience with others. Therefore it allows young French scholarship students nearing the end of their studies to discover the know-how of craftspeople in developing countries; and it allows students from developing countries to discover the know-how of French craftspeople.
This programme helps students launch their professional career by enabling them to:
- work in a professional environment ;
- acquire new skills;
- gain experiences abroad ;
- benefit from a creative and innovative professional experience ;
- develop a professional network;
- participate and present their work at international fairs.
In addition to the partnership with the Fondation Culture & Diversité, this programme is implemented with the support of several educational institutions.
In France :
- the Ecole supérieure des arts appliqués Boulle (Paris – France),
- the Ecole supérieure des arts appliqués Duperré (Paris – France),
- the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art Olivier de Serres (Paris – France),
- the Lycée des métiers La Source (Nogent-sur-Marne – France),
- the Ecole Estienne (Paris – France).
- the Ecole Nationale d’Art et Manufacture (Libreville – Gabon),
- the Institut National des Beaux-Arts de Tétouan (Tétouan – Marocco),
- the Escuela de arte y oficios - Teatro Argentino de La Plata, (La Plata – Argentina).
In France, the students studied at:
- at the Centre National du Costume de scène et de la Scénographie,
- at Argileum, The Pottery's home and with the ceramists of the Association des Potiers de Saint-de-Fos and with the support of the Communauté de communes Vallée de l’Hérault,
- in the lacquerware workshops of Aurélie Pimont, Isabelle Emmerique, for the ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres, May Pham Van Suu , Bruno Toupry and with the support of the European Cultural Network for Development Cooperation.
- with the ceramists Valérie Lebrun, Anne Deberly and Laure Sulger, Eugène N’Sondé, and with the support of the European Cultural Network for Development Cooperation
Abroad, they were hosted by:
- the bronze workshop of Abdoulaye Gandema (Ouagadougou – Burkina–Faso),
- the engraving/printing workshop of Zulema Maza (Buenos-Aires – Argentine),
- the costumes workshop of the Colón Theatre (Buenos-Aires – Argentine),
- VietCraft (Hanoi – Vietnam).
Students talk about their experiences (in French):
- Georges Mbembo, Gabonese student in France
- Luciana Rafti-Chantada, Argentine student in France
- Noémie Reymond, French student in Argentine
- Nicolas Bical, French student in Argentine
- Adèle Jaouen, French student in Burkina-Faso
- Maëlle Molina, French student in Vietnam
- Pauline Lemée, French student in Vietnam
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