The German Craft Council has the task of stimulating debates between design, craftsmanship, industry and the public on the aesthetic and social quality of our living environment. To this end, the German Craft Council develops opinions and recommendations for political action and coordinates them with comparable institutions in other countries.
Meisterrat e.V. was first appointed in April 2019 in Berlin and arose from activities in the vicinity of the Direktorenhaus. With the Craft Council, an institution is created that advocates improving the environmental conditions for those persons and companies in Germany who pursue decelerated production and set high quality standards for products that take functional, aesthetic and social aspects into account.
The name “Meisterrat” refers to its historical predecessor, the Master Council of the Bauhaus in Weimar. The members of the German Craft Council exercise their office personally and independently. The members of the council are to represent creative, craft, philosophical, art-historical, ethical, social, economic and legal interests in a special way as well as different ethical approaches and a plural spectrum of opinions.
The German Craft Council itself determines the topics for its work, but it can also be commissioned by a third party to work on a specific topic.
The German Craft Council sees one of its main tasks in opposing the marginalized social status of the creative crafts in Germany.
The aim of the German Craft Council is to:
- raise awareness of the social relevance of the craft sector
- to accompany the public debate on questions of good life
- to improve the economic situation of designers, craftsmen and manufacturers
- to establish the quality concept “Handmade in Germany” internationally
- to introduce young people to career paths in creative craftsmanship
- to bring forgotten or marginalized handicraft practices back into the limelight
- to secure the future viability of german manufactories.
The Craft Council deals with 7 main topics:
- digital transformation
- education and youth
- foreign trade
- intangible cultural heritage
Along these themes the Craft Council works on different levels:
The Craft Council would like to strengthen the visibility and economic position of German workshops through exhibitions at home and abroad.
The Craft Council works on improving market access and expansion by participating in trade fairs and creating or networking with new trading platforms.
The Craft Council brings experts together to further develop the theory and discourse surrounding the craft of design.
Networking and exchange
The Craft Council networks actors in the creative trades with public institutions and partners and seeks exchange with politicians.
The Craft Council supports ambitious activities of the actors through prizes and scholarships.
The Council is an instrument for the promotion of design and craftsmanship in Germany. It brings together scientists and representatives of public life with entrepreneurs from various sectors on an equal footing. They engage in a continuous dialogue on the central issues of non-industrial production in Germany.
The Scientific Commission of the Council has 17 members. The scientists appointed to the Craft Council should neither represent the interests of a particular subject nor those of a particular institution or organisation. They are expected to contribute professional excellence to the topics relevant to the Council.
The Artistic Commission of the Master Council has 20 members. The curators, craftsmen and designers appointed to the Craft Council decide annually on the thematic priorities.
The Economic Commission consists of 22 members, whereby the representatives of the different branches of the arts and crafts trades as well as the branches of the medium-sized manufactories are to be represented. In the working groups the drafts are compiled, which are then adopted after previous consultation.
The selection of the commission members for the period 2019–2020 will be announced. The recommendations and statements of the Council will be published and can be obtained from the office.