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Open Call Building Talent

Open Call Building Talent

The Creative Industries Fund NL is looking for young professionals in the architectural discipline who would like to participate in a collaborative programme with architectural offices. The aim of the Fund is to strengthen the connection of recently graduated architects, urban designers, garden and landscape architects and interior architects with the work field, and to offer room for artistic exchange in the context of current social issues.

By means of this open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL is offering starting designers the opportunity to work with established offices on a topical social theme. The programme involves a three-month work period in 2021, during which the designer will work directly with a senior architect to explore a specific subject in greater depth. There are 12 places available at various offices that work across the full breadth of the architectural discipline.

You can subscribe to one of the following profiles:

Profile 1 • developing sustainable, affordable and usable building techniques (Maathuis / JoustraReid)
Profile 2 • modernization plan for the energy-efficient houses on the Waterwerk in Rotterdam (Linea architecten)
Profile 3 • meaning of materialization, dimensional systems and detail in current and future building culture (Studio VVKH)

Urban design and Spatial planning
Profile 4 • new core values for Amsterdam as a socially sustainable city
(BURA urbanism)
Profile 5 • healthy urbanization (PosadMaxwan)
Profile 6 • 3 challenges for the city of the future (Rademacher de Vries Architecten).

Interior architecture
Profile 7 • working environments of the future (Hollandse Nieuwe)
Profile 8 • redevelopment of Fort Kudelstaart (Serge Schoemaker Architects)

Garden and Landscape Architecture
Profile 9 • research into a robust water system in combination with circular agriculture on the higher sandy soils (H+N+S)
Profile 10 • green housing in the Netherlands and new ecologies based on energy production (Studio Hartzema)

Profile 11 • Maison Circulaire (Jacques & André, Bruno Vermeersch)
Profile 12 • a socially engaged design approach to reduce energy needs in the Mariahoeve neighbourhood (Vanschagen Architecten)

Here you can find more extensive details (in Dutch, English will follow soon) about the profiles with information about the office and the proposed assignment.

collaboration programme
The programme is designed as a part-time work period of 3 months in the first half of 2021. We expect a weekly commitment from both the young professional and the office, so that a research project can be started or experiments can be carried out in a constructive and substantive way. During the entire work period, the upcoming talent will be supervised by a senior designer at the office for at least one day a week, and will also be provided with a physical work station. For this period, the architectural talent will receive a grant of € 5,200, based on two days a week for a period of three months.

The precise content and start of the collaboration programme can be agreed in consultation with the architectural office, after selection by the Fund, and recorded in a collaboration agreement. In addition, we expect the limitations of the COVID-19 measures to be taken into account in the design and implementation of the programme.

Designers can respond until Wednesday 28 October 2020. The response can be submitted via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Grant Programme/Open Call' and then choose 'Open Call Building Talent'.

A response consists of:
1. a motivation letter (maximum 2 A4, PDF) indicating the following:
for which profile you are submitting an application;
what the motivation is for the subject;
what your own working method and vision are and why they fit in with the assignment;
what the added value of this process is for your own professional and artistic development.
2. a portfolio (maximum 5 A4, PDF), where in the case of collaboration projects your own contribution is clearly indicated.
3. a CV (maximum 2 A4, PDF)
4. a copy of a diploma from a relevant course of study in the architectural discipline (PDF)

Please note: request your login details for the online application environment on time. Validation of a new user account can take up to one working day. For this specific open call, it is not necessary to be registered with the Chamber of Commerce when creating an account. If you are not registered, enter the same information under organization details as under personal details.

• the applicant graduated a maximum of 6 years ago from a relevant course of study within the field of architecture, or the applicant shows with the portfolio and CV that they have at least two years of demonstrable experience within the architectural discipline. In addition to architecture, this also includes urban design, spatial planning, garden and landscape architecture and interior architecture;
• the applicant remains in the Netherlands during the work period and has a work and residence permit (if required);
• there is no question of a regular commissioning-client relationship between the parties;
• an application is submitted in a personal capacity; it is not possible to apply for these positions as a studio or collective.

• Subsidy cannot be applied for while following education at an institution, such as bachelor and master courses of study.
• No subsidy will be awarded to designers who are already receiving or have received support under the Talent Development Grant Programme to implement their development plan.

A committee of external advisers will be consulted for the evaluation of the applications. For this open call, the advisory committee consists of: Aslı Çiçek, Joost Emmerik and Samir Bantal. During its meeting, the committee will issue a recommendation on the basis of the following criteria:
1. relevance to the subject in question; here, the committee assesses the relationship between the motivation, the existing expertise and artistic principles in relation to the relevant profile for which the person has submitted an application.
2. quality of the designer's work; here, the committee looks specifically at the working method and vision described, and how these are expressed through the imagination or inquisitive attitude of the designer, and the mastery of the various techniques or methods.
3. professionalization and alignment with the applicant's own development potential; here, the committee makes a statement about the expected extent to which the proposed activities will contribute to the strengthening of the applicant's own working practice during the work period.

Each adviser evaluates each dossier individually on the basis of the above criteria. A five-point scale is used for this purpose:
1. unsatisfactory;
2. weak;
3. satisfactory;
4. good;
5. very good.

Please note: Criterion 1, relevance to the subject in question, will be given greater weight in the evaluation.

All the advisers give a separate score for each of these criteria. During the meeting, this score can be adjusted by the individual adviser on the basis of the discussion. After all the submissions have been considered, the scores are finalized. This results in a ranking per round based on weighted averages. The highest-rated proposal is offered as a match to the relevant architectural office, and is followed by the applicant and office discussing the details of the collaboration programme. After this discussion, both parties can indicate whether the collaboration can definitely go ahead. If this is not the case, the next applicant on the ranking list will be approached for an interview with the architectural office.

N.B. If no suitable application has been submitted within a specific profile, the advisory committee reserves the right to propose candidates who initially registered for a different profile. The applicant in question will be informed of this and will retain the right to agree or withdraw.

The evaluation of the open call takes the form of a tender: this means that, within each profile, one proposal will be prioritized over the other submissions. Only applications 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. All applicants will be informed of the results of the open call. The Fund will only communicate about the 12 selected designers who are starting a collaborative programme with an office.

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 1
Article 5, paragraph 3, under f
Article 11, paragraph 2 and paragraph 3, under a
Article 12, paragraph 1, under b
Articles 13 to 21
Article 22, paragraph 3

subsequent procedure
After this initial selection, discussions between the applicant and the office will take place to establish the definitive content of the collaboration programme. Please note that these meetings will be scheduled in the last week of November and the first week of December. The final plan of action and a collaboration agreement will be drawn up in consultations between the applicant and the office. Once these documents have been received, the subsidy can be definitively paid out.
The Fund intends to organize a session at the end of the programme, where all the participants in the programme can meet each other.

more information
All communication relating to this open call will be via the Fund. If there are any questions, you should not contact the relevant offices. For questions about the open call and procedure, you can contact Dominique Geelen at or Carlijn Limburg at

additional resources for makers due to COVID-19
In June 2020, Minister van Engelshoven provided the Creative Industries Fund NL with additional resources to support makers in the design sector who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 situation. Part of these additional resources will be used through this open call to give an impulse to young architects and also to support offices. The reasoning behind the open call is that the Fund expects the COVID-19 situation to make it extra difficult for novice architects to connect with the work field, to find a (training) position within an office, or to set up their own practice. At the same time, it will become more complicated for offices in the coming years to make room for experimentation and research.

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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.

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 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

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 or at 010-4361600.

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