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Open calls

Open calls

The Creative Industries Fund NL puts topical themes on the agenda by means of open calls that are prompted by its various programmes or by collaborations with other funding bodies. The open calls are quick and easily accessible procedures, for which an application that provides a limited amount of information can be submitted. Please note the website is only partially translated. For a full version, please check the Dutch website.

current open calls

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Open Call Fresh Perspectives #4

The Fund invites makers and designers from the creative industries to submit a proposal together with a partner, aimed at jointly tackling a current social issue. With the Fresh Perspectives Open Call, the Fund aims to stimulate collaboration between designers with a good concept and renowned companies, organizations or knowledge institutions. Submission is possible until 15 April 2020.

Every year, the Fund supports hundreds of talented makers and designers in the development of their professional practice. The research and experiments carried out by these makers are often at the beginning of the design chain. The unrestrained combination of knowledge and methods is involved and this often leads to new insights, concepts and prototypes. The Fund has identified a strong need among makers and designers to further develop the results of these studies and make them applicable outside 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. At the same time, the Fund recognizes that organizations and companies can benefit greatly from a designer's fresh perspective on a wide range of complex issues. All too often, however, a designer is involved in the process too late or not even at all.

The aim of this call is to bring together designers and parties with a solid social or expert position. The Fund is challenging these parties to utilize this collaboration to arrive at innovative, surprising solutions for today's design challenges.

You can find an overview of the projects supported in the previous rounds of Fresh Perspectives here.

set-up of the Open Call
Creative Industries Fund NL is setting aside € 220,000 for this Open Call. The maximum grant per project is € 40,000, divided across two phases.

Depending on the task, the results of the collaboration may assume a diversity of forms, for instance a product, intervention or service. Collaborating with international partners is an option, however a Dutch interest should prevail within the project.

The conditions stipulated by the Fund are:
the designer/maker is involved throughout the entire process;
both parties commit themselves to the collaboration;
the expected added value of the collaboration for both the maker and the partner is clearly justified in the application;
the project is currently in a start-up phase;
a form of presentation relevant to the sector is included at the end of the process;
the designer acts as the coordinator, i.e. they submit the application on behalf of the collaborating parties;
there is no question of a commissioning-client relationship between the two parties;
the designer/maker is registered in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce trade register.
The financial contribution is divided over two phases. Proposals provide insight into the entire process, but focus specifically on the substance and activities involved in the initial phase.

phasing
1. The initial phase covers a period of up to three months, during which preliminary research is carried out, the project is prepared and the collaboration is given concrete form. 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 collaboration agreement between the two parties for the follow-up phase. This package also serves as the application for the second phase.
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 over the design and research hours of the designer/maker and the partner, required materials and other costs. Being awarded a phase 1 grant is not a guarantee that a grant will be awarded for phase 2. The Fund may select a maximum of seven projects in the first phase. In the second phase, there is a budget for a maximum of five projects.

submission
The application can be submitted until Wednesday, 15 April 2020 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Open Call Fresh Perspectives' from the drop-down menus.

The proposal consists of:

1. A project plan (max. 10 pages A4, portrait) containing:
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, content and expected outcome of the collaboration;
a concise overview of the project's budgeted costs and the planning.
2. A portfolio from the maker/designer and information about the partner (max. 10 A4 pages);
3. CVs of the parties involved (max. 4 pages);
4. A recent extract from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

If the application fails to satisfy the description above, it will not be possible to evaluate the substance of the application.

N.B.: Request your login details for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. Validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.

evaluation
A committee of external advisers will be consulted for the evaluation of the applications. This panel will prioritize a number of proposals. The advisers evaluate the proposal to gauge the extent to which it is in keeping with the aim of this Open Call. The advisers base their judgement on the following criteria:
the social relevance of the issue being addressed;
the project's proposed set-up and purpose;
the quality and form of collaboration (including the maker's position, the expert partner's contribution, intellectual property);
the artistic quality of the designer or maker's work;
the consistency in purpose, set-up and expertise involved.

procedure
The evaluation of an Open Call takes the form of a tender: this means that, within the available budget, a number of proposals will be prioritized over other submissions. Only projects with a positive evaluation can be supported.
You will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail at the latest one week after the closing date. Only projects with a positive evaluation can be supported. In addition, the Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals.
The processing and evaluation of the proposals submitted will be carried out within the framework of the Subsidy Regulations. Any subsidy will be awarded on the basis of these Subsidy Regulations. Important in this context is Article 7, paragraph 2, which allows for a special procedure for Open Calls. The following articles in these Regulations do not apply to this Open Call:
Article 5, paragraph 3, under a
Article 11, paragraph 2, under a and c, and paragraph 3, under a
Article 13, under b
Articles 16 to 21
Article 22, paragraph 3

selection
The selected proposals will receive a grant from a supplementary budget being provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OC&W) for talent development in the creative industries. With this budget, the Ministry wishes to support talent that operates outside the boundaries of the discipline.
The selection will be announced by 12 June 2020 at the latest, by e-mail and on the Fund's website. From that moment on, the project can begin.

For questions about the Open Call and the procedure, please contact Marieke Ladru, m.ladru@stimuleringsfonds.nl or 010 436 1600.

This Open Call has its legal basis in the Creative Industries Fund NL's Subsidy Regulations.
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POSTPONED: Open Call Residency Tanger, Morocco

Attention: the Open Call Residency Tanger, Morocco is closed until further notice.

The Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund are jointly offering two residency periods at Think Tanger in the Moroccan city of Tanger in 2020 and 2021.

The working period at Think Tanger offers promising designers, makers and artists the space to carry out research, broaden their network and develop their own work, where the theme of 'Informal Utopias' is an important part of the residency. There are places for two designers and two visual artists. The Fund is reserving a maximum budget of € 11,000 for this open call, intended for the support of two designers.

background
Morocco's cultural sector is becoming increasingly internationally connected. Where previous generations of makers and artists have paved the way, a young generation of Moroccan makers and artists is taking art and culture to new heights. Currents and styles are mixed and remixed, and popular culture exists alongside established art, but they are also combined with each other. Morocco's geographical location makes it a crossroads of influences and styles. The cultural scene is co-formed by the children of migrants outside Morocco, who consciously choose to settle in Morocco in order to set up cultural projects there. In this way, a new generation of artists, designers, programme makers and curators is shaping the art and culture scene in North Africa from the inside out. Bringing together and learning from each other's perspectives, skills and values is one of the reasons for this residency.

Think Tanger
Think Tanger was founded in 2016. As a platform, Think Tanger actively questions the contemporary social and spatial effects of the city's development, exploring new forms and perspectives. Using a bottom-up approach, it addresses themes such as self-organization, street culture, identity and appropriation of public space in relation to large-scale developments. Think Tanger initiates and facilitates projects at the intersection of visual arts, crafts, design and research. In addition, participatory workshops, talks, open studios, exhibitions, podcasts and residencies are organized.

Tanger
Tanger is a port city in the north of Morocco. In the last 20 years, Tanger has been undergoing major changes due to economic and industrial prosperity. This has influenced the structure of Tanger at a social, spatial and cultural level. Many of these large-scale developments lack a social and sustainable perspective and, as a result, the local population experiences only limited involvement. At the same time, there is a resilient community in Tanger that is nonetheless making the city its own. This manifests itself, for example, in the creation of collective gardens, alternative routes and self-construction. These interventions shape the city and transform the urban, social and economic fabric in a way that is defined as 'informal urbanism'. This makes Tanger a city with many different layers, a city where tradition is being challenged by renewal.

the residency
Think Tanger aims to explore and develop a critical discourse on informal practices and city fluxes in Tanger. Within this framework, Think Tanger invites designers, makers and artists to investigate the spatial dynamics of Tanger through objects, shapes, colours, textures and sound. See the Think Tanger website here.

The residents are housed in an apartment, each with their own room. The living room, bathroom and kitchen are shared. Think Tanger provides guidance on content and practical matters and connects the residents with their network. Residents also have access to the graphic Atelier Kissaria, which has a screen-printing studio at its disposal. Part of this residency is a public final presentation. The form of the final presentation is determined in consultation with the residents. During the residency period, one or two open studio sessions will be organized, to which a suitable audience will be invited. Think Tanger asks each resident to contribute to the platform's archive by leaving behind a work created during the residency period, in close consultation with the resident.

who is this residency for?
The residency can be applied for by designers and makers via the Creative Industries Fund NL, and by visual artists through the Mondriaan Fund. Per period, a designer and a maker will work at the same time at Think Tanger. Residents are expected to have a flexible and open attitude towards the context and the local people. Duos or joint ventures (temporary or otherwise) cannot apply for this residency.

amount and working period
The working periods offered are:
1 October 2020 until 31 December 2020
1 May until 31 July 2021

The preferred period of residence must be indicated on the application form. The aim is to grant the period of preference if at all possible.
A fixed contribution of € 5,500 per resident is made available for travel, material, transport and accommodation costs. The contribution includes an amount for a trip through Morocco, which takes place during a two-week break within the residency period. The resident decides the content of this trip themselves. The living accommodation rent, work space, coordination, guidance and presentation are settled directly with Think Tanger by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund.

evaluation criteria
All the applications received that fulfil the formal conditions and include all the requested attachments are presented to an advisory committee. The committee evaluates the quality and development of the applicant's work in relation to the location and theme, and the extent to which the proposed activities contribute to the applicant's own artistic and professional development.
It does so on the basis of:
the applicant's motivation for this specific residency
portfolio (max. 15 pages A4)
the applicant's CV (max. 2 pages A4)

A concrete project proposal is therefore not necessary, but a motivation for this residency and a good description of the plans and ideas the applicant wants to implement during the working period is required. In all cases, the committee advises first and foremost on the artistic quality of the portfolio. It then advises on motivation and plans in relation to the location. Only proposals with a positive evaluation will be considered for support.

The processing and evaluation of the submitted proposals is carried out within the framework of the Creative Industries Fund NL's Subsidy Regulations. Important in this context is Article 7, paragraph 2, which allows for a special procedure for open calls. The call is in line with the objective of 'Promoting talent development and artistic quality' as described in Article 2.e of the Subsidy Regulations. The other objectives mentioned in Article 2.e do not apply. This open call is subject to a tightening of Article 8.2: applications may only be submitted in English.
The following articles in the Regulations do not apply to this open call:
Article 11, paragraph 2, under a and c and paragraph 3, under a;
Article 13, under b;
Articles 14 to 21;
Article 22, paragraph 3

applying
Applications must be written in English. Designers and makers can apply via the online application environment of the Creative Industries Fund NL. Visual artists can submit applications via the online application system of the Mondriaan Fund.
Please note: Request your login details for the online application environment in time and become familiar with the application form. Validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.

would you like to know more?
For more information about Think Tanger and the selection procedure for designers, please contact Zineb Seghrouchni at z.seghrouchni@stimuleringsfonds.nl or at 010-4361600.

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