International Committee
for Museums and Collections
of Decorative Arts and Design

ICDAD Activity Grant Report: "Folding Cosmos"

May 28, 2021

ICDAD is thrilled to share the report from our most recent grantee, designer Miwako Kurashima, who applied for funding to complete the publication of an exhibition catalogue. 

A traveling exhibition, Folding Cosmos was set to open at the Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York, and the publication Folding Cosmos: Small Part of Infinity was meant to debut along with the installation there. The pandemic delayed the exhibition, but a grant from ICDAD helped bring the publication to print. Read more about the project in Miwako's grant report, found here: _folding cosmos .

Thank you to all our members for supporting grant funding with your membership dues, and stay tuned for future grant opportunities!


Conference Archive

Call for Papers: 2021 Virtual Conference "Revivals"

April 10, 2021

Application deadline: 1 May 2021

The 2021 Annual Conference and General Assembly of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Decorative Arts and Design (ICDAD) will take place virtually, from 21 October to 23 October 2021, organized around the theme of "Revivals. Reconsidering the Past in Decorative Arts and Design."

This CFP is a reissued version of the 2020 CfP, which had been scheduled for Lisbon, Portugal but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you submitted a paper for that conference, you should have received an email asking if you would like your proposal to be considered for this conference.

Click here for the complete Call for Papers.

Members' activities: YouTube Channel about Decorative Arts

March 30, 2021

Screenshot Artefax

On his YouTube channel Artefax, ICDAD member Lassi Patokorpi from Finland presents "museum secrets and oddities of the past".

Letters from the Board


March 8, 2021

Deadline of Application: April 7, 2021

ICDAD is announcing grants of the amount of up to 2,000 euros for spring 2021. All individual and institutional members of ICDAD are welcome to apply. Collaborations with ICOM national or regional groups, with other ICOM international committees, or other partners are allowed and encouraged.

The proposed projects should fit into the following categories of activity:

  • conferences, trainings and meetings
  • publications and research activities
  • activities for young members
  • actions encouraging exchange with emerging countries
  • cooperation with other ICOM committees and/or Regional Alliances

Please download the application form here (as Word document or PDF document).

Members' activities: Call for Applications from Baku (updated)

March 6, 2021

Conference Artist and Carpet: Today and Tomorrow

The Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum (ANCM) would like to invite ICDAD members to participate at the 2021 conference Artist and Carpet: Today and Tomorrow, taking place in fall of 2021 in Baku. Applications close May 15, 2021 (updated!).

Due to the pandemic, ANCM re-imagined the format of the conference and concluded to organize it this fall simultaneously in person in Baku and online with the content delivered via Zoom for those who couldn't make it to Baku.
CfP Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum 2021

International Carpet Sketch Contest

The Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum announce the international carpet sketch contest dedicated to the 880th birth anniversary of the Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi. Creative people over the age of 20 are welcome to take part in the contest. Send your carpet sketch scanned at 600 DPI JPEG format to carpetmuseum.contest@gmail.com until May 15, 2021.

The winner will receive a cash prize. The judging panel will announce the first-place winner on May 30, 2021. Following this, the ANCM's Traditional Technology Department will weave a carpet based on the winner's sketch. If the winner is a foreign citizen, the museum will cover his/her travel and accommodation expenses to attend the carpet's presentation ceremony.

Carpet Scetch Contest

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