The importance of talent development #4 by Syb Groeneveld
On the first day of June, the participants in the [email protected] masterclass unveiled their new media application within the theme of the masterclass: Radical Imagination. This year’s eight teams included designer Peter Bilak, architect Jan Willem Petersen, filmmaker Laura Hermanides, game developer Sherida Halatoe, web developer Hay Kranen and graphic designer Donna Verheijden.
The masterclass propagates new, original and inspiring crossovers between talent, technology and key social issues. It’s not uncommon for the realized projects, such as Taxodus (about tax havens), We Are Data (about the bounds of privacy) and The Atlas of Pentecostalism (about religious visual culture), to open up totally new lines of thinking for the public. Moreover, many participants redeploy their manner of working and thinking to domains far beyond their own disciplines. And that fits perfectly with the Fund’s objectives, which have for years included a comprehensive Talent Development Programme.
This month also sees the final round of the selection of the new generation of designers and makers who the Fund will be supporting with a grant over the coming year. The advisory committee chaired by Touria Meliani reduced 223 applications to a longlist of 50 creative talents (17 design, 9 digital culture, 8 architecture, 7 graphic design, 6 fashion and textile, 2 industrial design and 1 photography) who have graduated within the last four years. They all received a development grant of €1,000 to devise a plan for the year-long working period. In late June the committee will reduce the longlist to a maximum of 26 participants, whereupon the Fund decides whether they can actually realize their plans and professionalize their (international) practice with the year-long award. In recent years creative talents such as Liselore Frowijn (fashion), Sabine Marcelis (design), Olivier van Herpt (industrial design), Arna Mackic (architecture), Pauline van Dongen (fashion) and Ruben Pater (digital culture) have taken optimal advantage of this.
Over the coming years we will be showcasing the process, participants and outcomes of our Talent Development Programmes in many places around the country. Ahead of this, the talents selected by the Fund in 2016 will be collaborating with curator Jules van den Langenberg to present their work at the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven during the forthcoming Dutch Design Week. In short, to be continued…
Top image: Opening exhibition In No Particular Order by Creative Industries Fund NL during Dutch Design Week 2015. Photo by Hanneke Wetzer