Future Artist-Maker Labs

The Nerve Centre

Cooperation Projects

Northern Ireland


Total project grant (euros)


Percentage of budget funded



Creative Europe



Call number

EACEA 32/2014

Project date

1 Jun 2015 - 30 May 2017

Number of partners in project


Lead organisation

The Nerve Centre


University of Limerick, Ireland;

Ultra-lab, Madrid

Fab Labs are digital fabrication laboratories, a concept developed by the Centre for Bits and Atoms at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in which anything can be designed and created. The potential for artists and creative players to use digital fabrication technologies in their artistic practice is huge and an emerging area of interest.

Future Artist-Maker Labs will harness the creative power of 3 leading Labs in Derry~Londonderry, Limerick and Madrid, in an exciting international programme of art-making, exhibition, training, and networking. Future Artist-Maker Labs will directly address the objectives of the Creative Europe programme by building capacity in the artist-maker sector to operate transnationally and enabling transnational circulation / mobility of artist-makers and their work. The partners will do this by:

  • Creating new pieces of art through 3 artist-maker international residencies in the Fab Labs
  • Exposing the work of up to 20 leading artist-makers to large audiences across Europe in a major European Artist-Maker travelling exhibition
  • Building capacity of artist-maker communities in partner regions through a localised Community Creative support programme, offering up to 48 artist-makers free Lab time, new digital skills and technical know-how
  • Exploring questions of what makes art, authorship and ownership, through a simultaneous Community Creative exhibition in 3 partner cities, featuring replicated art works and virtual collaborations – designed in one Lab but built in another
  • Training and inspiring the next generation of European artist-makers through an accredited apprenticeship scheme, a Student Artist-maker Bootcamp and an International Artist-maker Symposium
  • Making the partner Fab Labs more sustainable by equipping staff with Fab Lab Academy diplomas and exploring new business models
  • International networking between partners and participants, sharing expertise and good practice in art-making and fabrication.

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