Arts and cultural activities, people working in or allied to the steel industry in Europe

The Steel Saga Atlas of Europe


Who is behind this?

Bernard Robinson

The Steel Saga Atlas of Europe


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The proposal is for a competition in design and perspective, telling the story of the steel industry and its people, to be held in a number of steel producing locations in Europe: drawings, photos, paintings, poems, prose, anecdotes etc The winning results will be combined into the Steel Saga Atlas giving a human face and perspective to the steel industry of Europe.

Where will your idea take place?

1.Germany -Duisberg 2. The Netherlands-Ijmuiden 3. Belgium-Ghent 4. England-Redcar 5. France-Dunkerk 6. Italy-Taranto 7. Austria-Linz.8. Spain-Bilbao 9. Poland-Krakow10. Czech Republic -Ostrava 11. Ukraine - Mariupol/Donetsk 12. Turkey-Eregli/Zonguldak

Why does Europe need your idea?

Workers in the European steel industry face global competition and corporate manipulation that threaten the future work of upto 150,000 people, 50% of the present workforce.The challenge is to raise awareness of the past, present and possible future links of this sector of workers across the national boundaries of Europe.A Europe for the workers and not just for the Corporations.

What is your impact?

Participation in the competition from a significant number of the proposed industrial locations.The successful creation of the Steel Saga Atlas giving a creative portrait and a a human perspective on the steel industry of Europe.

How do you get there?

At this stage it is unknown what form and content will appear as a result of the Steel Saga Competition. This is also true for the Steel Saga Atlas that will be produced as a multi cultural and multi national calendar, in an as yet unknown size, format and quality.The competition will be promoted in English but essential details will also be given in all other relevant local languages. All possible forms of work consultation bodies, trade unions and social media communication channels will be involved depending on the different local situations. The idea is to incorporate 12 locations into the Steel Saga Atlas, one for each month of the year. The prize winners contributions,and the Atlas would be exhibited. Sales of the calendar could fund further follow up activities.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The competition is aimed at all those people allied to or part of the steel industry workforce. An opportunity for workers at all levels to reflect on the industry in a creative way outside the usual, daily, work perspective, or indeed outside any direct workplace at all: for example the wife of a mothballed steel worker from Redcar or a trade union official from IG Metall in Duisberg.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The maps of Geradus Mercator, in his Atlas Cosmographicae, were published in 1596. They opened up a new perspective, a new way of seeing the world and have served as a guide since. The creation of a Steel Saga Atlas can serve as an opening towards a renewed perspective of the steel industry and the people who make it possible.It is time for a new perspective, a human perspective.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Competition prizes 18000 Salary costs 12000 Travel,Accomodation,Exhibition costs 10000 Translation and interpretation costs 4000 Digital and printing costs 6000

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Reactions, suggestions and criticism are of course welcome. Potential network connections from the countries and places targeted in the project are also particularly welcome. If what has been written strikes a chord please support this application and leave your visiting card with an eye to future contact. I am



Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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