Exhibition opening – Creativity in the Bronze Age: A Response

Creativity in the Bronze Age: A Response brings together works by seven craft artists working with CinBA. The exhibition is part of an ongoing exchange between academic researchers working in archaeology and contemporary makers / artists engaged in practice-based research.

Vist the exhibition in Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology it Cambridge (10 April – 30 June 2012), Wiltshire Museum in Devizes (6 July – 6 October 2013) or follow the link to check out the on-line exhibition.


Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA) brings together partners from the Universities of Southampton, Cambridge and Trondheim, the National Museum of Denmark, the Natural History Museum of Vienna, Zagreb Archaeological Museum, Lejre Archaeological Park (Sagnlandet) and the Crafts Council. It offers important insights into the fundamental nature of creativity by exploring a part of European history not influenced by contemporary concepts of art – the Bronze Age – looking at developments in crafts that we take for granted today: pottery, textiles and metalwork. It investigates objects as a means to understand local and transnational creative activities, investigating the development of decorative motifs and the techniques and skill used for these. It tracks these developments over more than a millennium within regions forming a north-south axis across Europe: Scandinavia, Central Europe and the Adriatic. In addition, links between ancient and modern creativity are explored through contemporary engagements with Bronze Age objects by modern craftspeople and the public.

CinBA is funded through HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area. HERA aims to strengthen the European voice in the Humanities by coordinating research activities and transcending historical limitations to develop new Europe-wide research agendas. CinBA is one of 9 HERA-funded projects on the theme of ‘Creativity’.

Grant Number: 09-HERA-JRP-CI-FP-020
HERA Call: Creativity
Budget: 973,582.00 €
Project Duration: 31st May 2010 – 1st September 2013
Project Leader: Dr Joanna Sofaer (University of Southampton, UK)