1st Stimulart Award local champion from KAMNIK (SLO) 

“My city in my hand”

In the spring of 2020, the Municipality of Kamnik carried out the activity "Competition for the best product under the slogan “My city in my hand” within the STIMULART project. The purpose was to prepare a competition for innovative products which transform local heritage into creative and sustainable CCI products. To the competition, we have invited the local high school CIRIUS Kamnik (Centre for Education and Rehabilitation of Physically Handicapped Children and Adolescents). We received many different products, which were made from clay, glass, metal remains, paper, wood chips and leather and were presenting the essence (image, historical fact, legend, folk tale, etc.) of the city of Kamnik.

On 26th June 2020, the commission of four members has chosen the top 10 products and than the best product among them. The first local winner is Clara Domjanić, 16 years old, who, through a prefabricated statue made of metal remains, presented a Plečnik's arcades, which have been made by successful Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik. The award ceremony was postponed due to the epidemiological situation. 

The mayor of Kamnik, Matej Slapar, officially announced the winner on 17th June 2021 in an event, organized by CIRIUS Kamnik on which they had the opening of new premises and the gallery. He sincerely thanked them for their cooperation and emphasized the importanace of their work and contribution to the municipality.


2nd Stimulart Award local champion from KAMNIK (SLO) 

“Time capsule – a message for the 21st century”

In the spring of 2021, the Municipality of Kamnik carried out the activity “Competition for the best product under the slogan Time capsule – a message for the 21st century” within the StimulArt project. It was intended for small businesses and individuals from 17-100 years old. The purpose was to prepare a competition for innovative CCI products which are functional or represent a household decoration and are based on the local heritage and/or industrial heritage and meets the market/costumers’ demands in the 21st century.

The competition was finished at the 31st March, until than we recieved 17 products from 8 different creatives. All the products are somehow connected with a history of Kamnik. You can see them in „online exhibition” (with descriptions in Slovenian language).

Based on the four criteria and on decision of commission are the 2nd StimulArt award local winners  Klemen Urbanija and Janja Stopinšek, who have presented themselves with a handmade leather bag. The bag is made of leather tanned with chestnut tannins. Both, leather and wood were important materials in Kamnik’s past. The bag is made entirely by hand – cut, perforated and sewn with a saddle stitch that prevents tearing. This method of manufacture is very rare, but allows the product to serve it’s purpose for a long time.

Klemen and Janja are a couple who have been creating interesting products for many years, mainly from wood and leather. Their products have recently started to reach higher level and reperotire, most of them carry the Art & Craft Slovenia certificate. In addition to leather and wood, they also make shamanic drums, rocket stoves, yurts, chairs and participate in the organization of various camps for children.

The mayor of Kamnik, Matej Slapar, officially announced the winners on 24th May, and sincerely thanked them for their cooperation and emphasized the importnace of raising awareness of preserving the Slovenian tradition and handicrafts.  

3nd Stimulart Award local champion from KAMNIK (SLO)

The Municipality of Kamnik invited cultural figures, creators, entrepreneurs and other actors from the Municipality of Kamnik and its surroundings to participate in the "Competition for Innovative Service Experience under the slogan "Transforming average everyday services into creative consumer experiences" within the StimulArt project.

Until the deadline, participants must present the upgraded and innovative service activity launched between March 2020 and December 2021 which has in one way or another improved and facilitated the end-user experience.

The winner became the Kotlovnica Youth Center. During the epidemic, the winner proved to be exceptional and continued his work as much as possible with help of the digital tools, and still organized all the events, lectures and workshops from the beginning of the pandemic. Initially, they created an online program only for the use of Kotlovnica Youth Center, but interest from other organizations was growing very fast. Thus, they began to cooperate with many individuals, public institutions, schools, municipalities and some international organizations, which provided assistance and support in conducting online events such as concerts, lectures, social events, workshops, celebrations and even information day of high school. They also continued to create their own content. Such collaborations have brought them many new acquaintances, which are a good foundation for cooperation even after the end of the epidemic.

 Since Municipality Kamnik received only two applications for the award, they didn’t organize a public award ceremony, but have informed the winner via e-mail and in this way invited him to the final project meeting and conference.

One representaticve of the local winner Youth center Kotlovnica participated at partner meeting and final conference in Jaszbereny. The Youth center Kotlovnica was also chosen as a winner of StimulArt award competition of whole partnership.
Final award winner