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Open Call Fresh Perspectives #2
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Open Call Fresh Perspectives #2

Creative Industries Fund NL is inviting designers and creatives from the creative industries to submit proposals in conjunction with a social or expert partner, focused on tackling a pressing task as a team. With the Open Call: Fresh Perspectives, the Fund is encouraging designers with a sound concept to enter into a collaboration with a reputable company, organization or knowledge institution. The deadline for submissions is 2 May 2018.

The Open Call has ended.

The Funds supports hundreds of talented designers and creatives in the development of their professional practice every year. The research and experiments of these creatives often form the start of the design chain. This involves the unrestrained combination of expertise and methods, often resulting in novel insights, concepts and prototypes. The Fund has noted a strong desire among designers/creatives to develop these outcomes further and render them applicable beyond their own discipline or professional practice. However, there is often a lack of decisive clout in the guise of a sturdy external party that is able to translate ideas into results. The Fund has also noticed that organizations and enterprises can gain a lot from the fresh perspective of a designer across a diversity of complex tasks. All too often a designer is not involved in the process until too late, if at all.

The aim of this open call is to bring together designers and parties with a solid social or expert position around the same table. The Fund is challenging these parties to exploit this collaboration to arrive at innovative, surprising solutions for topical design tasks.

Click here for an overview of the projects that received support in the previous round of Fresh Perspectives.

this Open Call’s set-up
Creative Industries Fund NL is setting aside €160,000 for this Open Call. The maximum grant per project is €40,000, divided across two phases.

Depending on the task, the outcomes of the collaboration can assume a diversity of forms, whether a product, intervention or service. Collaborating with international partners is an option, though a Dutch interest should prevail within the project.

The conditions stipulated by the Fund are that:

the designer/creative is involved throughout the process;
both parties commit themselves to the collaboration;
the expected added value of the collaboration for the creative as well as the partner is justified clearly in the application;
the project is currently in a start-up phase;
a form of presentation that is relevant for the sector is included at the end of the process.
the designer serves as the author, i.e. he or she submits the application on behalf of the collaborating parties.
there is in no regard a client-commissioner relationship between the two parties.

The financial contribution is divided into two phases. Proposals provide insight into the entire process, but focus specifically on the substance and activities involved in the first phase.

phases:
1. The initial phase involves a period of up to five months for preliminary research, during which the project is prepared and the collaboration made concrete. For this phase a sum of €10,000 per proposal is available. The outcome of this phase is a detailed project plan, the planning of activities, a budget and a signed cooperation agreement between the two parties for the follow-up phase. This package also serves as the application for phase 2.
2. The second phase is intended for further elaboration and implementation and/or the assessment of actual results. A maximum sum of €30,000 per proposal is available for this phase. This sum can be roughly divided between the design and research hours of the designer/creative and the partner, materials and other costs.

deadline
The application can be submitted via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment by Wednesday, 2 May 2018 at the latest. Select ‘Open Call: Fresh Perspectives’ from the drop-down menus.

The proposal consists of:
1. A project plan (max. 10 A4 pages in portrait format) consisting of:
A clear description of the social issue that the collaboration addresses;
An outline of the potential solution that will be investigated/implemented;
The motivation and added value of the collaboration for the two parties involved;
A clear description of the pretext, infill and expected outcome of the collaboration;
A concise overview of the project’s estimated costs and the planning;
2. A portfolio from the designer/creative and information about the partner (max. 10 A4 pages A4);
3. CVs of the parties involved (max. 4 pages).

N.B.:
If the application fails to meet the description above, then it will not be possible to evaluate the substance of your application.
Request your login details for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. The validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.
You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by email within a week of the closing date.
In order to receive a grant you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel).

meeting
For this Open Call there is no opportunity to present draft proposals to the Fund for advice. On Thursday, 12 April, the Fund is organizing an Open Day for interested parties, presenting the outcomes of the previous edition of Fresh Perspectives and allowing you to ask questions.

evaluation
A committee of external advisers will be consulted in the evaluation of the applications. This panel will prioritize a number of proposals. In its evaluation the panel will consider:

To what extent the proposal fits in with this Open Call’s aims and objectives, specifically:

the social relevance of the issue being tackled;
the project’s proposed set-up and purpose;
the quality and form of collaboration (including the position of the creative, contribution of the expert partner, intellectual property);
the artistic quality of the designer’s/creative’s work;
the cogency of the aims and objectives, structure and expertise of the external partner.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender. This means that a number of proposals will be prioritized above the other submissions. The Fund will contact the selected parties, but will not enter into any correspondence about rejected proposals.

selection
The selected proposals will receive a grant from a supplementary budget that is being provided by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OC&W) for talent development within the creative industries. With this budget the Ministry wants to support talent that operates outside the traditional disciplinary boundaries.
The selection will be announced by 20 June 2018 at the latest, by email and via the Fund’s website, whereupon the project can begin.

involvement Creative Industries Fund NL
Creative Industries Fund NL will be organizing several meetings with the selected participants over the duration of the projects. The aim is to share expertise and experiences gained among the various projects.

For questions about the open call and procedure, please contact Joris van Ballegooijen: [email protected] or tel. +31 (0)10 436 1600.
The legal framework for this Open Call is Creative Industries Fund NL’s Subsidy Regulations.

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Open Call Residency Arita, Japan 2019

In 2019, Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund are once again jointly offering two residency periods in the Japanese ceramics region of Saga. The funds invite designers and artists to submit a proposal by 6 august 2018 at the latest.

The residency in Japan offers highly promising artists and designers the leeway to conduct artistic and technical research and to develop their personal work, which must also lead to intensive interaction with the relevant porcelain manufacturers in the region. An important guiding principle for this residency is to learn special techniques within Japan’s oldest ceramics industry and employ them in their own work.

rationale
The highly particular Arita porcelain is renowned for its superior quality, most notably the hand-painting it involves. The porcelain industry and the tradition of porcelain painting has existed since 1616. Arita is a small town in the Saga prefecture on Kyushu, which is Japan’s third largest island.

The Dutch designer duo Scholten & Baijings and Japanese designer Teruhiro Yanagihara are involved with this celebration as artistic directors of the Arita 2016 project. They have established this residency in association with the Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL in order to stimulate crossovers and experimentation, as well as to initiate new collaborations between Dutch artists & designers and Japanese potteries.

Designers Jan Broekstra, Floris Wubben and artists Henri Jacobs and Ruta Butkute de Roo stayed at the Arita residence in 2016. In 2017, artists Susan Kooi and Helen Frik and designers Tijmen Smeulders and Aliki van der Kruis worked there.
In the summer of 2018 designers Bas van Beek, Franciska Meijers and artists Tilmann Meyer-Faje and Isabel Ferrand will stay in Saga for three months.

for who?
The residency can be applied for only by visual artists (via the Mondriaan Fund) or designers (via Creative Industries Fund NL). For applications by duos or cooperatives, each individual involved must submit a separate application. A duo is understood as two artists or designers who produce work together on a structural basis. Duos (project-specific or longer-term) are regarded as collaborations if they submit a joint plan that leads to a single outcome for the work period. In addition, a duo must be prepared to live and work in a single, somewhat confined space.

The artists/designers are expected to possess some basic knowledge of working with ceramics. There is no need for a concrete project proposal, but a good description of plans and ideas that the applicant wants to execute during the work period.

the work period and financial support
The work periods being offered are:
1 June – 31 August 2019
1 September – 30 September 2018

Your preferred residency period should be indicated in your application. If possible, this preference will be respected.

A sum of €9,500 is available for travel, materials and transportation expenses for each period. The residents should reserve €1,500 to remunerate the potters for their guidance during the work process. The costs of the studio, the living space and support will be paid directly to Arita by the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo.
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practical information
Before the work period begins, Scholten & Baijings and Teruhiro Yanagihara will pair the residents with one of the ten participating potteries in Arita. This pottery is also the point of contact when seeking technical support from the Ceramic Technical Research Laboratory in Arita. An assistant/translator is available to help the residents for several hours per week, in discussions with the potteries and other practical matters.

An artist and a designer work in Arita for each period. The residents stay in a traditional Japanese house where they each have their own room. The living room, bathroom and kitchen are shared.

The experiences and results of the residency will be shared in Arita and later in the Netherlands by means of lectures and/or workshops.

evaluation criteria
All the submitted applications that meet the formal conditions and are furnished with all the requested appendices will be put before an advisory committee. This panel evaluates the quality and development of the applicant’s work in relation to the residency’s location, based on:

portfolio (max. 15 A4 pages);
CV of the applicant (max. two A4 pages);
the applicant’s motivation in relation to the location (max. four A4 pages).

In all cases the committee advises first and foremost about the artistic quality of the portfolio. It then advises about the motivation and the plans in relation to the location.

submissions
The proposal can be submitted via the Fund’s online application environment. Select the round 'Open Call Residency Arita, Japan 2019’.

final judgment
The available places can only be allocated if the advisory committee’s advice with regard to the abovementioned criteria is positive. The committee may apply a prioritization.

more information
For further information about this Open Call, please contact Hugo van de Poel via [email protected] or via tel. +31(0)10 436 1600.

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