The definition of Économusée is ‘working museum’. The Économusée project provides a network for artisans to develop and combine culture, craft and tourism, creating an economic interacting platform from which these artists can encourage the promotion and development of traditional crafts, involving local communities and creating new job opportunities, in some instances allowing younger family members to share, develop and enhance the crafts and techniques of their ancestors. The Économusée concept was developed in Québec and involves partners from Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Phase III of the Économusée project began in April 2015. Over the three years (April 2015 to March 2018) this phase, namely Craft Reach, will build on the success and on the experience gained from Économusée Craft International (Phase II) to develop new Economusée artisans in the Causeway Coast and Glens area and test services to help create socio-economic opportunities – boosting visitor numbers, employment and business development opportunities. Économusée Craft Reach is funded by Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2015-2018.

In Phase II, the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) launched three Économusée workshops: Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil in Limavady, Scullion Hurls in Loughgiel and Steenson’s Jewellers in Glenarm. By visiting the Économusée artisan workshops, tourists and locals will gain an enhanced experience, learn about the history of the craft and the business, the enthusiasm of the artist along with the added opportunity of meeting the artisans face to face and discovering the beauty and authenticity of the products made and sold onsite.

As part of this exciting project the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust is inviting young, motivated, ambitious artists/designers/makers located within the Causeway Coast & Glens area to apply for a two-week placement opportunity. This placement will be within an artisan business elsewhere in the Économusée network. A budget has been approved that will meet the travel, accommodation, subsistence and placement costs. CCGHT will arrange the placement and will cover subsequent costs.

As this is an amazing opportunity for a young person to develop their knowledge and skills; learn about craft on an international scale; perhaps even experience a new language and a new culture; to take their craft and skills to an international stage and then in turn bring their experience of the placement back home to the Causeway Coast and Glens, we expect a phenomenal amount of interest in this placement. To help us to shortlist the applicants we need applicants to compose a résumé of the reasons why you should be selected for this placement.

If you think you would benefit from this opportunity, please forward a résumé of no more than 800 words including the following information:

• Your name and contact details
• Your age (Must be over 18 and under 30 years)
• Your qualifications and grades
• Your skill / craft background. Do you have a business or are you part of a family craft business? Do you have plans to establish a craft business?
• Why would you be a suitable candidate? Have you won any awards for your craft? Have you been involved in any craft award schemes?
• Have you looked at the Économusée network? https://www.economusee.eu/the-artisans Which artisan(s) would best suit you and your skill/craft?
• What would you hope to learn from this placement?
• How would your craft business benefit?
• How would you promote the Economusee network on your return from the placement?

For further information on the Économusée project visit www.economusee.eu

**Please note a shortlisting process will take place following the closing date

Please note all applications should be sent by Tuesday 5th July 2016 5:00pm
to Carole@ccght.org or “Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust, “The Old Bank”, 27 Main Street, Armoy, Ballymoney, BT53 8SL

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