ARTEC project

The ARTEC project is implemented by Transylvania Trust (Romania) and the ACCR (France), Museum of Câmpulung (Romania), Art Union of Hungarian Engravers and Lithographers (Hungary), Diputación Provincial de Teruel (Spain) between 1st of November 2015 and 30th October 2017. It is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The project focuses on the creation of a new Arts and Crafts Centre within an historic setting  in Romania (Bánffy Castle, Bonţida) which will be the principal location for launching a series of activities which will combine arts and crafts as interdisciplinary actions. Traditional crafts skills incorporating the decorative arts will interact with the artistic programmes and will involve the revitalization of a historical monument by joint work and interdisciplinary learning of traditional and contemporary ways.


  1. Using creativity and art as a useful tool in preserving and strengthening European identity represented by heritage;
  2. Rediscovering traditional and artistic ways as the engine of inspiration to young artists and creators in a multicultural context
  3. The use of new technologies in the areas of heritage, placing traditional in a modern cultural context (launching Arts and Crafts Centre in a historic monument)

First year of the project

Establishing of the Arts and Crafts Centre – International contest

Within this contest, we will select young artists/architects/designers/craftsmen to work together with professional craftsmen in redesigning the spaces which will host ACC. The contestants will receive a 3D model of the spaces intended to be reinterpreted, and they will prepare their applications in digital format. The jury for the selection of artists shall be composed of partners’ representatives, with a high degree of knowledge of fine arts and design.

Go to the CONTEST CALL page to get more information about it.

Place: Europe-wide
Deadline : May the 15th, 2016

The winners of the ARTEC contest are :

  • BLAJIN group for the outdoor solution
  • NORMA for the indoor solution



Setting up of the Arts and Crafts Centre – delivery and implementation

Following the European contest, 25 selected participants and 15 professionals shall design the spaces and will exchange experience of traditional crafts with fine arts and design, mutually learning new ways of artistic expression and motives for their works. The adaptive reuse of the space will include restoration works and the implementation of the awarded project which will comprise at least two exhibition spaces, one multifunctional space, and at least 3 workshop spaces, both indoor and outdoor. The location of ACC will be at the Bánffy Castle in Bonţida.

Place: Bonţida, Romania
Duration: 25 July- 7 August and 15-28 August 2016.

Travelling exhibition

The results of this activity will consist in a documentary about how artists and craftsmen from different culture and with various backgrounds create together in a non-conventional space, with the objective of mutually enriching their artistic and professional experience. The documentary (20 panels) shall be widely broadcast. The exhibition travelled to the Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris,  on February 2017.

© Transylvania Trust

Inauguration of the Arts and Crafts Centre

The ACC will be inaugurated In September 2016. Based on the Metamorphoses of Ovid, transformed to a modern interpretation a theatre performance will be produced and performed. In this respect, Banffy Castle is known internationally for the quality of its Baroque architecture and for its original statue gallery which once adorned the Cour d’Honneur. In its original form the statue gallery depicted Ovid’s Metamorphoses. As with the Arts and Crafts Centre, the inspiration for this work comes directly from the history and architecture of the castle. The performance will also include a light show.

Based on the performance a film will be produced, which will be part of the travelling exhibition, being presented in all partner countries.


  • Workshops for Schoolchildren – one-day workshop in Spain and Romania (Bonțida and Câmpulung).

This event will target school children from different ethnic groups, helping to raise their awareness and understanding of local heritage, by involving them directly through interactive activities and through this, helping them to understand the concepts of cultural heritage.

  • European Heritage Days – one-day large scale event in September in Spain, Hungary, Romania (Bonțida and Câmpulung)

Sites managed by the Co-organisers will be opened to the public for specific events which will incorporate debates, guided tours, concerts, to promote the enjoyment and use of heritage assets to a very wide public.

  • Celebrating Heritage – one-day event at ACC Bontida;
  • Professional workshop at ACCR, Paris, France – 24th & 25th April 2017

These events have the purpose of widening the audience for the works of artists and craftsmen following their creative activity sessions, during the previous period, and enlarging the perspective about the synergy between arts and heritage for the less advantaged groups at regional level.

Dissemination and valorisation of the results

  • Setting up and uploading a blog for the project
  • Publication of a database – best practices, articles related cultural heritage


Discover our ARTEC blog