A Mapping of Makers’ Mobility Schemes

A rough textile is interlaced with wires and chips - smart clothing!

MAX (Makers’ eXchange) project is a pilot policy project, co-funded by the European Union, that aims to define and test policies and actions supporting the mobility and exchanges of experience between the cultural and creative industries, creative hubs, maker-spaces, fab-labs and formal and non-formal learning and skills development systems in a cross-sectoral way and embed makers’ mobility schemes for skills development and inclusion into mainstream CCIs support programmes, policies and ecosystems across Europe.

This guide aims to map the existing mobility schemes and explore the landscape of mobility for makers and also note down the makers’ needs in respect of mobility. In this context, a literature review was conducted which included the review of existing guides, reports, and policy documents for mobility. 

The mapping activity started in February and lasted until September of 2020. However, because of the unexpected Covid-19 outbreak, the research was forced to pause from March to July. During the mapping exercise, the research team reviewed 144 schemes for makers and artists’ mobility across Europe. For the purposes of this document, the term maker is being used in a broader sense, including all creative professionals who produce work and projects using technology and/or traditional tools and methods, artists, craftspeople, sculptors and textile designers. This guide is an attempt to map the mobility schemes for makers without claiming to be an exhaustive list.