What you should know about ETN
ETN is a non-profit organisation with its seat in Strasbourg and a secretariat
in Hannover. Informally the Network was set up in 1991 in Erfurt and founded
as an International Association after Alsacian law in 1993 under the auspices
of the Council of Europe as the Carrier Network for the European Textile
Routes in the frame of the Council of Europe´s Cultural Itineraries
The members (institutions, groups and individuals)
a) Artists, crafts people and designers (associations)
b) Individuals/institutions taking care of cultural heritage (museums
c) Lecturers/institutions for education and research
1. Development of European co-operation for the field of textile culture
2. Furtherance of East-West integration within all fields of ETN activities
3. Co-operation with non-European partners
- Conferences (general assemblies) held regularly in ever changing venues
- Publication of a quarterly Newsletter in English language together with
brochures and handbooks published occasionally
- Providing a website - continuously updated - with newest information
·Links to service institutions, foundations and other useful
Address database with about 5000 files
Calendar of events with round about 1000 previews of events per
"European Textile Routes" as a versatile virtual and
real tool for specialists, textile enthusiasts, students, pupils and lecturers
These means are serving the members and their partners to assist at
the exchange of information and experiences and to prepare and carry through
international projects (e. g meetings, exhibitions, seminars, publications).
The ETN association as an institution is only partaking resp. leading
such projects improving the
informational infrastructure of the Network itself. All other events and
projects are carried through by the ETN members and their partners independently
and without consultation of the Board!
The daily activities of the association by the Board members and group
leaders are done on a honorary basis without compensation of expenses.
Costs of materials, administration and mobility at the ETN secretariat
are mainly covered by membership fees.
The costs of the ETN Conferences are covered by the hosts, local sponsors
and by the participants.
Project costs are most often covered equally by furtherance means from
European institutions, national resp. regional foundations and/or own
resources of the ETN members.
About the history of the Network
Art and cultural projects are sponsored by all kinds of institutions (see How to find partners & money), especially when their aim is an international exchange of ideas and concepts.
ETN member projects
One of the aims of the Network is to promote cross-border European co-operation. The Membership database makes it possible to search for suitable project partners and it is meant to be used proactively. The ETN Secretariat also provides search advice.
During the realisation of member projects the ETN Secretariat should be involved if possible, in order to be able to undertake basic work in view of the European dimension of these projects, such as
- Initiating contacts during the project work
- Support through publication in order to increase public awareness of the project
- Broadcasting of the project result among the target groups/public
- Co-operation during the search for or the conception of follow-up projects
Projects of the ETN Board/Secretariat
The ETN administration only runs projects that are not in competition with those of its members, but rather support their project activities.
Members are requested to support the ETN administration in its work and to incorporate it in any of their own suitable projects!