Last week, representatives from sixteen design colleges and universities visited the Swedish School of Textiles to participate in a workshop. All these higher education institutions belong to the ArcInTex network, which has been established to form connections between research in architecture, interaction design and textiles.

The workshop was attended by participants from among others Aalto University (Finland), Concordia University (Canada) and Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands). The Royal College of Art, Great Britain, was also represented by Professor Clare Johnstone, Head of the Textiles Programme.
– My mission is to make textiles become more interdisciplinary. We also want for our students and researchers to work across boundaries, both between different disciplines and together with other higher education institutions.

She has a very positive view of the network.
– I find it to be a network rich in knowledge, experience and information, Clare Johnstone says.

Common applications

ArcInTex aims to be a collaboration around applications for research grants from the EU. The idea behind the workshop was for the members of the network to meet and discuss ideas for subjects in artistic research for which further research is particularly urgent.
– There is a need to further develop the collaboration between and research in the fields of architecture, textiles and interaction design. Applying for research grants from the EU is a time-consuming task, why many are interested in and positive toward this form of collaborations, says network coordinator Agneta Nordlund-Andersson.

The aim is set on Horizon 2020 – the new EU framework programme for which calls will be made in 2014.
– Right now we work intensively with applications for grants from the Research and Education Board, Region Västra Götaland and the COST programme in order to be able to secure financing of the work needed to make larger applications within Horizon 2020, Agneta Nordlund-Andersson says.

The next network workshop will be hosted by Aalto University, Helsinki in the spring of 2013.

More information about ArcInTex is available at www.arcintex.se