FULL! The seats have been taken. Thank you for your interest in using CIRRUS for EKA Design Hackathon

5 seats avaliable for CIRRUS students at EKA Design Hackathon.
First come, first served.
CIRRUS grant: 330 EUR travel (Iceland 660) + 70 EUR for living costs. The grant will be delivered to your home institution’s account and they are responsible for paying it out to you.
(More students are welcome to join in without a grant).
Apply through the link and under question: “FACULTY / UNIVERSITY / ORGANISATION”, mention first CIRRUS and then your institution, e.g
CIRRUS – Estonian Academy of Arts

EKA Design Hackthon takes place in Estonian Academy of Arts 1.11 – 3.11 and is dedicated to students of The Faculty of Design but opened to everyone who is interested.

A hackathon is a 48 hours long intensive event where students from different faculties work together in order to find design solutions for real life problems.

Although this is a general design hackathon we encourage the participants to think about futuristic solutions and use their imagination to come up with solutions that would feel innovative also in 2035.

Your idea could be a new alternative in the world of materials and textile, an advanced view of the ways things are engineered, a program or part of code that makes designing more efficient or anything else you can possibly come up with.

The event is free of charge, food is provided and experienced mentors are available throughout the event.

When registering explain your idea, write down the possible materials you may want to use and bear in mind that all the workshops are opened for the whole weekend. Don’t hesitate if you don’t have an idea yet, your skills are as valuable!

Event link to the pre-event: facebook.com/events/463927657556345/

This event is funded by European Union Regional Development Fund.

Register here: forms.gle/RUNwuhsneW8tPDHv5

Call for Secretariat, deadline December 1, 2019

Estonian Academy of Arts

After three years at the Estonian Academy of Arts, there is an open call for secretariat for 2020-2023 (period June 1, 2020 – June 1, 2023).

The network activities are coordinated by secretariat that is placed in one of the member organizations (currently in Estonian Academy of Arts) for 3 years with an opportunity to re-apply.
The secretariat is financed 50% from the membership fees, (currently 1000 EUR per year per institution as of 2019) and may receive additional funding from other available sources, such as Nordplus, (5% from each annual contract)  annual allocation or some other programme linked to the network activities. 

An overview of the tasks of the secretariat can be found in CIRRUS Collaboration Agreement. 


The guidelines for the CIRRUS secretariat state that:
· The secretariat is placed at one of the member institutions for three years with the  possibility to re-apply. 

· The secretariat is obliged to carry out tasks connected to the network functioning:
– Composing and submitting the annual applications and reports to the Nordic Council of Ministers.
– Administrating and managing the network’s funds: the grant received from Nordplus and network’s own finances. – Transferring mobility grants and project money to the member institutions in accordance with the programme’s rules and decisions made by the network. 

– General coordinating of the network projects and collaboration projects 

– Organising network’s annual meetings and teachers seminars in cooperation with the board of the network 


Interested CIRRUS institutions must submit a written application including statement of motivation (max 400 words). Motivations should be submitted to the chair of the board Lone Dalsgaard Andre Lda@dskd.dk  no later than  December 1, 2019. After this deadline all valid applications are accessible to all CIRRUS members and the decision will be taken at the election taking place at the network meeting in Tallinn 2020.

Statement of motivation – requirements
A statement of motivation for the secretariat should 

• Include a vision and ideas on how secretariat’s support of the network may be developed further.

• Reflect institutional commitment (written statement from the home institution)

Further information and application to be sent  to:

Lone Dalsgaard Andre
Chair of the CIRRUS board

Call for Cooperation Projects

apply due Friday, November 15, 2019

  • CIRRUS board has looked into different opportunities that would enhance our cooperation with the mobility funding that CIRRUS has received from Nordplus. 
  • This is an opportunity for teachers and staff to apply for travel grants and accommodation for initiatives that aim to explore a shared interest or theme. 
  • There is a budget of max 5000 EUR per course/event/seminar
    Total budget allocated from CIRRUS/Nordplus funds from this round: 15 000 EUR 

What is it about?

If you have a colleague in another school, or a circle of partners with whom you would like to conduct a course / seminar / workshop you are welcome to apply for these CIRRUS mobility grants. 

What is required? 

You need to be working at a school that is part of the Cirrus network, and you need to include  members from other partner schools in your event, either staff, or students, or both. When you apply, you need to estimate the number of participants in your event, and in your budget, apply for the funding to cover that. The participants from other schools can then use the grants for travel and accommodation to the event.  For example: 2 schools would like to host a workshop and invite 4 students + a teacher from a CIRRUS partner., We encourage you to apply for grants for this particular occasion. The occasion, in case you include students, must give ECTS/credit points.


Give a short description of your proposed event, and make a budget estimate based on the number of participants you wish to include. Please specify if specific member schools are included, and/or if the event will be open for all member schools. Note: the maximum budget per event is 5000 EUR.

Please submit an application with a budget HERE due November 15, 2019.
You will hear back from us by December 1, 2019


The applications will be evaluated by CIRRUS board. We are prioritizing applications:

  • From Schools which have not been very active in CIRRUS network before.
  • Applications that aim at supporting continuous collaboration. 
  • Applications bringing together a bigger number of schools and participants.

Important notice on distributing the grants: 

The grants will be paid out by CIRRUS coordinator (EKA) to the home institution that is organizing the event , based on the single mobility applications found on CIRRUS web site

Since we are basically distributing CIRRUS mobility grants, it must be clear that the applications can only be submitted for short-term mobility from CIRRUS member schools (students and teachers alike). The organisers have a right, basing on Nordplus handbook, to scale down the maximum Nordplus grant amounts (i.e for a trip between Gothenburg and Oslo you will allocate 150, between Helsinki and Gothenburg 330 EUR etc). 

To and from the Faroe Islands and Iceland 660 €Between Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia,
Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Åland 330 €
Domestic, in connection with exchange abroad Up to 150 €

ACCOMMODATION/BOARD RATES according to Nordplus (you may adjust if needed):

Students 20 € 70 € 200 €
Teachers 70 € 355 € 1.065 €

More information: Sandra Mell, sandra.mell@artun.ee


STROIKA. Express course in Latvia.

Teaching period: 

17.09.2019. – 24.09.2019. (16 September – arrival, 25 September – departure)

Teacher(s):prof. Dainis Lesins, asoc.prof. Dainis Pundurs, asoc.prof. Liga Skarina, asoc.prof. Eugenia Loginova

Level: BA / MA ECTS:  1.5

Number of available places for CIRRUS students: 4

Application deadline: 11.09.2019. The results will be announced on 0512.09.2019. Accepted participants will receive more detailed information.

Requirements: to prepare two project drawings for your art objects upon the arrival.

How to apply: 

Please send us information about you (school, study year, BA or MA), a short motivation letter and some photos of your art works (could be portfolio, electronical version or website, if you have) to the e-mail address: sympo.lv@gmail.com.

Course description: 

The course is envisaged as an international student symposium, during which an intensive programme will be carried out. It includes lectures, workshops, professional practice, wood kiln firings (two different technologies: one black – smoked low temperature firing, other – high temperature soda wood firing), attendance of museums, galleries and the participation at the pop-up exhibition of the symposium works at the Art Academy of Latvia.

Envisaged results: students will obtain the knowledge in the field of ceramics design and woodfiring technologies by practically developing the project in ceramics. The project works will be displayed at the exhibition. 

Additional information:

Venues of the symposium – Art Academy of Latvia, Riga, city centre (Kalpaka bulvaris 13). Organizers do not offer accommodations; do not hesitate to book your stay in advance. 

Assignment: This year’s theme of the symposium “STROIKA” invites artists to create architectural works in ceramic material, thus paying attention to the multifunctionality of the material as well as the artistic expressions. STROIKA or the building site, is symbolically something of a new presentiment, it has a careful planning and perseverance in execution. STROIKA is a process that creates creative activity that culminates in architecture and design.

Applications to CIRRUS board 2019 – 2022

Due January 13, 2019
CIRRUS secretariat received 5 board applications for 2019-2022:

1. Estonian Academy of Arts, Kristjan Mändmaa
CIRRUS board motivation statement Kristjan Mändmaa
CIRRUS support letter Kristjan Mändmaa
2. Iceland University of the Arts, Sigrún Alba Sigurðardóttir
CIRRUS board motivation statement Sigrun Alba Sigurdardottir
CIRRUS support letter Sigrún Alba Sigurdadottir
3. Kolding School of Design, Lone Dalsgaard André
CIRRUS board motivation statement + support letter Lone Dalsgaard Andre
4. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Martin Sonderlev Christensen
CIRRUS board motivation statement Martin Sonderlev Christensen 
CIRRUS support letter Martin Sonderlev Christensen 
5. Umeå University, Umeå Institute of Design, Maria Göransdotter
CIRRUS board motivation statement Maria Goransdotter
CIRRUS support letter Maria Göransdotter

The elections will take place in Bergen, February 15 General Assembly II, between 13.00 – 15.00 during CIRRUS annual seminar and meetings.
Each CIRRUS member is expected to be present with one representative who will be electing the board. If your school will not be present you must have a written proxy for another member school to vote for you, sent to sandra.mell@artun.ee due February 12, 2019.

About the board:
The decision making body is the annual network meeting. Meanwhile the board of the network is leading the network.
· The board of the network comprises of 3-5 faculty members in the CIRRUS institution. The board member must have full support from the leader of the faculty in home institution and is elected every three years at the network meeting or in the event of a board vacancy.
· The board members may be nominated by home institutions or other member institutions. The person aiming to become a member of the board must submit a motivation statement along with the nomination to the secretariat by the time announced in the call for .
· The board will constitute one of the board members as the Chair of the network.
· The board is responsible for running the network together with the secretariat (general network coordinator). The responsibilities of the board are: strategic planning and leadership, policy making of the network and beyond, planning of the network activities, cooperation and guidelines to the secretariat

Expectations to Education from the Outside and the Inside. Bridge and Bridging between the Digital and Physical

Thank you all for an excellent meeting!


Hosted by: Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design University of Bergen, Norway
Address: Mollendalsveien 61 
Dates: February 13 – 15, 2019
Theme: Expectations to the Education from the Outside and the Inside. Bridge and Bridging between the Digital and Physical.

C I R R U S   P R O G R A M M E   B E R G E N   2 0 1 9 

CIRRUS board has decided that we support 2 teachers per institution to take part in the seminar with Nordplus travel rates 330 EUR/660 EUR Iceland/150 EUR Oslo. In order to receive the grant, CIRRUS teacher application form needs to be filled in and sent by CIRRUS coordinator to the network coordinator. The grant will be payed on  institutions’ account as lump sum.

CIRRUS Bergen_2019
Timeframe of the seminar


Hotel Zander K
Villa Terminus

Snøhetta_Bergen University_Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design_©Hufton+Crow_039

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design University of Bergen, Norway


CIRRUS board elections. Period: 2019-2022. Deadline to apply: January 13, 2019

Call for CIRRUS board members

CIRRUS invites dedicated members to apply for CIRRUS board for the period of 2019 – 2022.*

The board members may be nominated by home institutions or other member institutions. The person aiming to become a member of the board must submit a motivation statement along with the nomination to network coordinator  sandra.mell@artun.ee due application deadline: January 13, 2019


About the board (excerpt from CIRRUS network agreement)

  • The board of the network comprises of 3-5 faculty members from the CIRRUS institutions and is elected every three years at the network meeting.
  • The board is responsible for running the network together with the secretariat (general network coordinator). The responsibilities of the board are: strategic planning and leadership, policy making of the network and beyond, planning of the network activities, cooperation and guidelines to the secretariat.
  •  A board member must be prepared to meet vis a vis twice a year, at other times the board meetings are carried out in e-formats.
  • The decision making body is the annual network meeting. Meanwhile the board of the network is leading the network.
  • The board members may be nominated by home institutions or other member institutions. The person aiming to become a member of the board must submit a motivation statement along with the nomination to the secretariat by the time announced in the call for .
  • The board will constitute one of the board members as the Chair of the network.

    * The future possible board person should be present at new CIRRUS board meeting on: Friday, 15.02.2019 afternoon and also at the whole CIRRUS network meeting in Bergen.

Digital Weaving. University of Bergen


Course title: Construction & Context II DIGITAL WEAVING
Subject area: Textile

Construction & Context II – Digital Weaving course
Teaching period: Weeks 9-11, 26 February – 16 March 2019
Teacher(s):Kristina Aas and Kari Dyrdal
Number of available place for Cirrus students: 3
Requirements:Core course in weaving and basic knowledge in digital tools is required.
Application deadline: 20 November, 2018
How to apply:Please send a motivation letter and CV to tale.vik@uib.no
Grant for selected students: CIRRUS/Nordplus rate – 330 EUR travel (Iceland 660 EUR) + 70 EUR weekly allowance (per week)

• Give access to knowledge relevant for artistic development and production of artwork in different context
• Prepare towards exhibition entry


  • Theory on building motives in woven textiles by using two or more warp and weft systems.
  • Individual tutoring on artistic processes
  • Basic and complex theory on weaves
  • Construction of weaves and combinations in one or more layers /systems.
  • Introduction to different software: Weave Point
    Nedgraphics (Texelle / Product Creator)
  • Experiments / sampling in digital dobby looms, TC-1, TC-2 and digital Jacquard.
  • Preparation of files for handlooms and industrial    power looms
  • Study trip to a weaving factory


Call for CIRRUS/Nordplus projects: 2019


Logo+NordplusCALL for project applications to Nordplus Higher Education Programme through CIRRUS network
DEADLINE: January 16, 2019, to be sent to sandra.mell@artun.ee

The Nordplus programme has shifted its deadline and is now February 1 in 2018 (used to be March 1).
By January 16, we kindly ask your project descriptions along with the budget file in order to insert it in the application system of Nordplus. Please use Nordplus Handbook (pages 26 – 34) or turn to CIRRUS coordinator to find out more.

The type of projects that we are waiting for are:

  1.  INTENSIVE COURSES (please use the forms below)
    1.1 download CIRRUS_IC_CALL_2019 FORM  +
    2.1 download CIRRUS_JSP_CALL_2019 form
    2.1 Nordplus_CIRRUS  Model Budget_JSP_DP_2019
    3.2 Nordplus_CIRRUS  Model Budget_JSP_DP_2019

MORE IN DETAIL: (copied from NP handbook)

Intensive courses
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for intensive courses lasting between one week (five working days) and one month. Courses may take place during term time or in the summer by way of short courses, symposiums, master classes or workshops. Intensive courses must include students and academic staff from at least three different countries. The courses must yield ECTS points and must be recognised as part of the students’ degree. The number of ECTS points should be stated in the application.
PhD students may act as teachers on intensive courses. They are not eligible for a grant if they are students in the programme. The same intensive course can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. It is recommended that the hosting institution is rotated.

Joint study programmes
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for development of joint study
Nordplus joint study programmes are defined as follows:
– Programmes are full-degree study programmes established according
to national legislation.
– Programmes lead to a degree recognised by national authorities.
– Degree certificates with a Diploma Supplement are issued according to
national legislation.
– Mobility is integrated into the programme setup.
– Programmes are developed jointly, and all courses and study units
should be approved by all participating parties.
– The collaborative venture is governed by a signed agreement defining
its aims as well as the roles of the participating parties.
The same joint study programme can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. Joint study programmes are complex processes. HEIs can combine Nordplus and Nordic Master grants in various ways. More information on Nordic Master is available on www.nordicmaster.org. The website consists
also of many useful handbooks and guides on joint programmes.

Development projects
Nordplus Higher Education offers grants for innovative development projects within the field of Higher Education.
Apart from joint curriculum planning and joint
modules, projects may focus on issues such as:
– Collaboration with the labour market
– Quality assurance
– The dissemination and use of results achieved by networks and projects
– The development of collaborations with other institutions in the public
or private sectors as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
within Higher Education
– The development of new teaching methods.
The same project can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted.