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Open Call Exceptional Presentations
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Open Call Exceptional Presentations

The Creative Industries Fund NL calls on presentation institutions, exhibition spaces, museums or new initiatives to come up with a proposal to develop a distinctive presentation that will show the qualities and meaning of contemporary architecture, design and digital culture to the public. The aim of the Fund is to enable a number of distinctive, bold or ambitious public presentations to be made each year.

By means of this open call, the Fund is creating an opening for surprising proposals within the creative industry that stimulate innovative presentations for a new or specific audience. Presentation spaces are invited to develop innovative presentations and exhibitions in which form, content and the intended audience reach are in line with each other. The applicant is asked to enter into a special collaboration with designers, makers, curators or other professional parties who are committed to design and audience reach.

Presentation institutions, exhibition spaces, museums or new initiatives can apply for the development of a non-standard, one-off, temporary presentation or exhibition and complementary activities. The proposal focuses on a presentation that can be physically visited in the Netherlands.

The subsidy should be used for research, experimentation and the development of form and content, and is explicitly aimed at renewing and strengthening the presentation of design and at reaching new or specific target groups. If the applicant receives a grant, they will be expected to work on making the knowledge acquired available to a professional audience.

For example, the subsidy can be used for:

Making it possible to deepen and reflect on a subject, theme or topicality within or related to the creative industry and to making it accessible;
Formulating a suitable presentation strategy for a new or specific target group;
Developing new innovative exhibition concepts that have never been seen before in the Netherlands; and
Involving designers in the composition and realization of form and content to define the presentation as a design task.

budget
The open call has a budget of € 315,000 available. The requested realization grant is a minimum of € 50,000 and a maximum of € 150,000. It is also possible to submit a proposal for further exploration and research in preparation for an exceptional presentation or a proof of concept, up to a maximum amount of €10,000.

submission
Presentation institutions may submit a proposal until 2 October 2019 via the online application environment of the Creative Industries Fund NL. Select the round '19OC.20' Open Call – Exceptional Presentations Creative Industry.

The proposal consists of:

1. A project plan (max. 10 pages in text and images, PDF in A4 format), including at least:
a brief description of the subject, theme or topicality of the presentation to be developed. Indicate which task in developing a presentation this proposal is aimed at and which components the presentation will consist of – including elements such as a side programme. Describe which target group(s) the presentation is aimed at. Indicate which design disciplines the project is aimed at, or which disciplines are being deployed to highlight the theme. Identify and motivate the purpose of the presentation, the form, the context and the intended result. Explain how the presentation can contribute to an intended long-term development for the applicant.
insight into the research and development process in the realization of the project and an explanation of how this distinguishes itself from common methods of making presentations. Explain with a plan of action.
a strategic vision on audience reach and communication.
a brief description of the parties/partners involved, their expertise and relevance in the project.
if further exploration and research is requested in preparation for an exceptional presentation or a proof of concept: describe the experiment or research study and the activities, and explain the intended deepening and knowledge development. Give a broad overview of the intended presentation and the final result.
2. Planning of activities and budget, including a coverage plan that provides insight into the co-financing. It also specifies the components for which subsidy is being requested. Reasonable and appropriate co-financing is expected (max. 2 pages PDF in A4 format).
3. A concise CV or bio of the parties involved (max. 2 pages PDF in A4 format).
4. Letters of intent from the collaborating parties (max. 2 pages PDF in A4 format).
5. Visual material of the work to be presented (max. 15 pages PDF in A4 format).
6. A recent extract from the register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.
7. A representative image of the presentation (for Fund communication purposes).

If the submission does not comply with the above description, no evaluation of the proposal can take place.

NB. 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.

evaluation
The Fund, together with external consultants, selects a number of proposals from the applications received. The advisers evaluate the proposal to guage how consistent it is in purpose and design and the extent to which these meet the criteria for this open call. The advisers base their judgement on the following criteria:

the relevance and urgency of the presentation task;
the degree of innovation in approach, form and strategy;
a distinctive vision on audience reach; and
the exemplary way in which cultural organisations collaborate with designers and makers to achieve artistically high-quality results.

The criteria are evaluated in relation to each other.

In the case of a proposal for further exploration and research in preparation for an exceptional presentation or a proof of concept, the proposal will be evaluated on the degree of expectation that the final result will contribute to the objectives of the open call. Within this round, a maximum of four proposals can be selected for further exploration or proof of concept.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: this means that, within the available budget, a number of proposals are preferred to other submissions. The Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals. Rejected proposals will receive a negative decision.

procedure
Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail at the latest one week after the closing date.
The selection of proposals will be announced by e-mail. The Fund aims to announce the results in December 2019 and will contact those selected.

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 the 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; and
Article 22, paragraph 3.

The open call follows the Subsidy Regulations and focuses specifically on these objectives in the Regulations:
stimulating research, analysis and reflection;
advancing social commitment and public activities;
promoting the professionalization of the design practice and exemplary commisioning.
The grants are provided from the additional funds that Minister Van Engelshoven of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has made available to the Fund for Talent Development & Innovation.

who is the call aimed at?
The Fund invites established museums, presentation institutions and exhibition spaces as well as new initiatives to submit a proposal. The expectation is that unique collaborations in particular between these parties can lead to exceptional proposals.

conditions
Applications may be submitted by cultural institutions or organizations located in the Netherlands. NB: this open call deviates from the Subsidy Regulations, and institutions with a structural subsidy relationship with central government may also submit an application. This therefore also applies to the institutions that are being supported by the Fund for a number of years.
For presentations that are part of or stem from a project or programme that is already being wholly or partly financed by the government or the Fund, no subsidy can be applied for under this open call.
The organization must be registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.
The Fair Practice Code must be applied for payment of the designers involved and other parties for their contribution to the project.
Design studios that apply for the presentation of their own work are excluded from participation.

follow-up
The Creative Industries Fund NL will organize this open call three times. The first closing date is Wednesday 2 October 2019. The second open call will be in March 2020 and the third in August 2020. A budget of € 315,000 is available for each open call round.

Would you like to know more?
If you have any questions about the open call and the procedure, please contact the Creative Industries Fund NL by telephone at 010-4361600 or by e-mailing Eva Roolker.

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Open Call Space for talent #5

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites architects, designers and makers to submit a proposal for research, experimentation or the development of new knowledge in collaboration with a lab, development site or workplace. By means of this open call, the Fund aims to enable designers to create an environment together with a partner, where joint experimenting, establishing new relationships and sharing knowledge are central. Deadline is Wednesday, 2 September 2020.

For the fifth and lastround of the Open Call Space for Talent, the Fund is making € 250,000 available. This allows 10 special collaborations to be supported.

set-up of the open call
The maximum contribution per project is € 25,000. A condition for support is that it concerns a new collaboration between a designer and a partner that makes an intrinsic contribution and facilitates the project. Depending on the project, the collaborations can vary in form. Examples are research (including material research) within a lab, a residency programme at a knowledge institute, a special collaboration with a development site or experimental research with a partner from the industry or the business community.

Click here and here for previously supported projects.

The subsidy is divided into two parts: € 15,000 is reserved for the designer and
€ 10,000 for the partner's facilities and knowledge. The sums are granted under the condition that there is a collaboration agreement, which must be submitted no later than 4 weeks after the grant has been awarded. You can find a proforma collaboration agreement here.

conditions
the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice registered in the Netherlands;
the partner is based in the Netherlands;
the designer acts as the coordinator, i.e. they submit the application on behalf of the collaborating parties;
a rationale from the designer that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the designer, and the added value of the project for the designer's development;
a letter of motivation/declaration of intent from the partner that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the designer, and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, knowledge and working environment that the partner offers, the manner of collaboration and the intended result;
there is no question of a commissioning-client relationship between the parties;
a form of knowledge-sharing or presentation relevant to the project is included;
the design and implementation of the project takes into account the limitations of the COVID-19 measures/the 1.5-metre-society.

restrictions
no grant will be awarded to designers who are already receiving support under the Talent Development Grant Programme to execute their development plan.
organizations that receive subsidy on the basis of the Multi-year or One-year Activities Grant Programmes or from the BIS (National Basic Cultural Infrastructure) are not eligible for subsidy under this Open Call unless it concerns a new collaborative project that does not fall under the already supported programme.
an organization can be supported a maximum of two times under this grant programme. A designer can receive in total a maximum of one grant through the implementation of this open call.

submission
The application can be submitted until Wednesday, 2 September 2020 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Grant Programme/Open Call' and then choose 'Space for Talent #5'.

N.B.: For this open call, it is not possible to submit a draft proposal to the Fund for advice.

The application consists of:
1. A project plan (max. 10 pages A4) containing:
a description of the activities;
a description of the collaboration and facilities;
aim and organization of the project;
the method of knowledge sharing between designer and partner;
intended results, addressing the way in which the project contributes to the development of your own professional and artistic practice;
a rationale for the choice of this partner by the designer;
a plan for presentation or knowledge sharing for third parties.
2. A letter of motivation/declaration of intent from the partner that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the designer, and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, knowledge and working environment that the partner offers, the manner of collaboration and the intended result.
3. Budget + planning: an overview of the partner's budgeted costs up to a maximum sum of € 10,000. An overview of the designer's budgeted costs up to a maximum sum of € 15,000. Planning of activities, including estimated hours involved. The Fund contributes a maximum of € 65 excl. VAT to the hourly rate of the applicant and the equivalent collaboration partner. As an indication: if the € 15,000 reserved for the designer is spent in its entirety on hours, the designer can work on the project for a maximum of 230 hours. A designer/partner can contribute their own unpaid hours or work for a lower hourly rate. If this is the case, the designer/partner must motivate this situation. For more information on fair compensation, the Fund refers you to the Fair Practice Code.
4. CVs of the parties involved: with relevant information about (working) experience relating to the intended project (max. 4 pages).
5. A portfolio from the designer and information about the partner (max. 15 A4 pages).
6. Proof of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (no older than 1 year).

evaluation
A committee of external advisers will be consulted for the evaluation of the applications. This panel will prioritize a number of proposals. Its evaluation will include the extent to which the proposal is in keeping with the aim of this Open Call.
Specifically, the following criteria will be addressed:
1. The quality and the expected development of the designer within the project; the committee also examines the investigative attitude of the designer. It considers the cohesion between question, purpose and set-up, and the way this is expressed in the project.
2. The quality of the partner and the form of the collaboration. The committee also looks at the facilities and expertise of the partner and whether these match the designer's question. It also considers the form of collaboration and knowledge sharing, and examines whether the collaboration goes further than the partner's regular practice.
3. The feasibility and viability of the project. For this aspect, the committee assesses the extent to which the structure and planning are realistic.
4. The relevance of the project. Here the committee looks at whether the project is distinctive. It pays specific attention to the positioning within the work field and/or themes to which the designer relates.

Each advisor evaluates each dossier individually on the basis of the above criteria. A five-point scale is used for this purpose:
1. poor;
2. moderate;
3. sufficient;
4. good;
5. very good.

N.B.: Criterion 1, the quality of the project and the expected development, will be given more weight in the evaluation.

N.B.: In the design and implementation of the project, take into account the limitations of the COVID-19 measures. We ask you to reflect on this in the proposal. In the evaluation, the feasibility and viability of the project in relation to the COVID-19 measures will be taken into account.

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. All applicants will be informed of the results of the open call. 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. For this Open Call, the following articles in these Regulations do not apply:
Article 5, paragraph 3 under a
Article 5, paragraph 4 under b
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

available budget
Creative Industries Fund NL is setting aside a maximum of € 250,000 for this Open Call. The maximum contribution per application is € 25,000, of which a maximum of € 10,000 is earmarked for the partner. The subsidy is intended for activities in the Netherlands that contribute to the artistic and/or professional development of designers from the creative industries. The selected proposals will receive a grant from a supplementary budget being provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) for talent development and workplaces in the creative industries.

The selection will be announced by the end of October at the latest, by e-mail and on the Fund's website. For specific questions about the Open Call and procedure, please contact Sharvin Ramjan at s.ramjan@stimuleringsfonds.nl or Carlijn Limburg at c.limburg@stimuleringsfonds.nl. Both can also be reached at 010-436 1600.
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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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