ClayDay – Magic of Clay

ClayDay – Magic of Clay Telemark Museum in Norway, SNM – Ľudovít Štúr Museum, Museum of Slovak Ceramic Sculpture and the town of Modra are collaborating on the project Clay Day – Magic of Clay. The project received support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA funds in the amount of 199,900 EUR. The project also received co-financing from the state budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 29,985 EUR.

The goal of the project is capacity development for cultural actors and audience development.

Project number: CLT02020

Support program: Cultural Entrepreneurship, Heritage and Cultural Cooperation Implementation

Date: July 2020 – April 2023

Grant amount: 199,900 EUR

Recipient: Slovak National Museum – Ľudovít Štúr Museum in Modra Partners: Telemark Museum, Skien, Norway and Modra Municipality. Project supporter: Slovak Folk Majolica in Modra. Project objectives:

Project description:

“Clay Day – Magic of Clay” is based on clay as the main ingredient in both ceramic and porcelain production. The main goal of this project is knowledge exchange by learning about each other’s ceramic traditions. One of the measures is to exchange exhibitions. This means that ceramics from Modra will be exhibited in Porsgrunn, and porcelain from Porsgrunn will be sent to Modra. In this way, we show similarities and differences in production, technique and decoration. The project will also result in a new exhibition in Modra – From jug to figural art. In addition, artists from Modra and Porsgrunn will be able to participate in a seminar on ceramics as a theme. The project’s conclusion is planned for the autumn of 2022 when the Feast of Clay festival takes place.

It is desirable that the Porcelain Museum, as well as Porsgrunn Municipality, should learn from Modra about how porcelain is integrated into public space. The traditional pattern is part of the cityscape and porcelain is used to convey culture.

The project “ClayDay – Magic of Clay” has a duration of 18 months and a total budget of 206,082 EUR. The support amount is 199,900 EUR, of which 35,000 EUR covers part of Telemark Museum’s salary costs and other expenses. Our partners are Modra Municipality and Ludovit Stur Museum, which has the status of a national museum in Slovakia.

The EEA funds represent a contribution from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

They have two main goals: to reduce economic and social differences in Europe and to strengthen the relationship between the donor countries and the 15 EU countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic states.

The three donor countries closely cooperate with the EU under the EEA Agreement. As donors, they successively gave 3.3 billion EUR through grant schemes between 1994 and 2014.

In the funding period 2014-2021, the EEA funds amount to 1.55 billion euros. The priorities for the current period are:

#1 innovation, research, education and competitiveness

#2 social inclusion, youth employment, and combating poverty and social exclusion

#3 environment, climate change, and renewable energy

#4 cultural heritage, civil society and democratic participation

#5 Justice and domestic affairs

The EEA funds are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway according to GDP.

The legitimacy of obtaining these grants is reflected in the criteria set for the EU cohesion fund, which is aimed at member states whose gross national income (GNI) per capita is less than 90% of the EU average.

All projects are co-funded from the state budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%.

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