about transmaking


The objective of the project trans-making is to strengthen research capacities, through exchange of knowledge, expertise, skills and experiences between academic and non-academic partners from Europe and Third Countries in a shared research programme focusing on: Collecting, Documenting / Exploring, Experimenting / Performing / Designing

Through these dimensions, trans-making aims at fostering the links between art and culture, economy and democracy, at EU level and beyond.

Trans-making’s result will be a network of research and innovation staff active in the fields of placemaking/place-based art activities as a space to create alternative narratives for social, economic and democratic renewal. 


The project is based on secondments – a period of one month or more – spent by the participants in the project – from a sending partner to a hosting partner. The objective is to strengthen research capacities through the exchange of knowledge and expertise.

A total of 276 secondments are planned throughout the 4 years of the project – they will be transdisciplinary – from the academic to the non-academic participants of the project and vice-versa as well as international – from 3rd Countries to Europe and vice-versa.

China, Cuba, Chile, Egypt an Morocco are the countries that will be involved – where the question of public spaces has very different meanings and is of different nature.

Around 100 researchers/staff members will be involved, coming from very different backgrounds and disciplines : economy — cultural and social entrepreneurship — art — architecture — design — urban planning — cultural theory — digital technologies — law — human rights — social justice — criminology — history — identities — migration — geography — art-based research — cultural politics — cultural planning — anthropology


5 main networking activities are planned throughout the project – to exchange knowledge between the participants and beyond the sole consortium.

Summer Academy – London – June 2017 – a programme focusing on democratisation of access to creative professions in the arts across the economy for young people.

Spring Academy – Valencia – March 2018 – with the main objective to design, reflect and share a common language on the role of culture and creativity in social and economic innovation processes and the construction of a new citizenship from the contributions of cultural agents and citizenship.

Workshop – Istanbul/Izmir – November 2018 – to debate, exchange and share on the experiences run around the issues of experimentation and exploration.

A Summer School – Ljubljana – September 2019 – open to a larger audience on the question of placemaking and European narratives.

Final Conference – France – November 2020 – to disseminate the results of the project.

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transmaking is a project concieved and directed by RCE
in collaboration with CREVENA, amberPlatform/BIS, Racine, Bunker 
with partners from 14 countries
supported by HORIZON 2020