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Open Call International Explorations

Open Call International Explorations

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers, practitioners and organizations from the creative industries to submit international projects that aim to establish sustainable relationships or promote an interchange of knowledge at the international level. The proposals examine the themes and tasks abroad to which Dutch creatives could make a contribution.

Preference is given to proposals that involve Dutch designers, practitioners and/or organizations who work in a team context abroad, as well as to collaborations with parties that are based in or active in the country concerned. The process consists of a joint preparatory phase in the Netherlands and a follow-up component that involves the participants making efforts to share the knowledge gained with their colleagues in the Netherlands.

International Explorations from 2013
In 2013 the Fund issued the first Open Call Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization in the context of its Creative Industries Internationalization Programme. The Fund's aim was to investigate the opportunities for Dutch design practice in foreign lands, to map out foreign demand for Dutch expertise, and to draw up an inventory of potential themes and tasks abroad. You can find details about the 20 selected teams here. The analysis and evaluation of these proposals revealed the following opportunities that may be of interest to applicants for the current Open Call Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization:

There is demand for a cross-sectoral Dutch approach, as well as for the Dutch integral approach to the spatial planning process.
Dutch expertise in the field of social innovation by means of cultural projects, as well as the development of the creative economy being employed as a catalyst for this sector abroad.
In emerging and expanding economies (e.g. Colombia, Albania, Greece) there seem to be opportunities in urban development. For example, developers and politicians have to contend with complex, all-encompassing issues because of urbanization, population growth and so on. They also need to adapt the infrastructure, so that it no longer facilitates a manufacturing-based economy but stimulates the burgeoning knowledge economy (e.g. the Czech Republic, Slovakia and cities in Russia).
In the realms of design and e-culture there are opportunities to establish links between practitioners, institutions and festivals.

You can submit your proposal by 7 August 2015 at the latest via Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment, where you should select 'Grant Programme for Internationalization' and then select the 'Open Call International Explorations' round from the pull-down menu. The proposal must include:

a description of the project to which a contribution will be made;
a description of the location for the exploration;
an action plan that is consistent in its aims and structure;
a timeframe and budget;
a description of the collaborating partners. This description must provide insight into the expertise and role of these people and/or institutions, as well as clarifying the added value of this collaboration;
a written undertaking from the collaborative partner in which the motivation for collaboration is explained;
CV of the applicant (max. 2 pages);
CV of the collaborative partner (max. 2 pages);
certificate of registration from a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

The proposal must be submitted as a PDF file, containing a maximum of 10 pages (CV's and certificate of registration/KvK excluded) in A4 format and no larger than 5 MB. The submission cannot be evaluated if it fails to meet the description above.

The Fund will consult with external advisors to select a number of proposals to execute these international explorations. The advisors evaluate the extent to which the exploration is consistent in its structure and the degree to which this ties in with the objectives of the Internationalization Programme and this Open Call.

The Internationalization Programme's objectives and the position of this Open Call
The Dutch ministries of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and of Foreign Affairs (BuZa) commissioned Creative Industries Fund NL to implement the Internationalization Programme that is specifically aimed at the creative industries. This four-year programme has three key objectives:

• strengthening the image of the Dutch design sector;
• establishing long-term collaborative relationships;
• expanding the sector's international sphere of activity.

With this Open Call the Fund intends to gain insight into effective and sustainable project forms employed by the Dutch creative industries abroad, as well as projects that contribute to social tasks from a cultural angle. The Fund is also keen to pinpoint foreign demand for the work of the Dutch creative industries.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: proposals will be prioritized subject to the available budget. The Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals and will not enter into any correspondence concerning the rejection of individual proposals. For this Open Call a maximum sum of €150,000 is available. The Board expects to grant a maximum of €10,000 per selected proposal.

The procedure for an Open Call is described in the Fund's General Subsidy Regulations. The selected proposals will receive a subsidy based on the Grant Programme for Internationalization. If you have any questions, please contact Jasmijn van Weenen, assistant secretary for the Grant Programme for Internationalization: [email protected]

Further information
• In order to receive subsidy you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce. If that is not the case then it is possible to register after selection.
• There is no opportunity to present a draft proposal to the Fund for advice.
• Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail no more than a week after the closing date.
• The Fund secretariat will contact the selected parties.

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Open Call Talent Development in International Context 2019

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites architects, designers, makers, critics and/or curators with an exemplary and/or distinctive practice in the creative industry to submit a project application for an international project. A stipulation for support is that the project involves a collaboration and presentation with an international institution, organization or company with an excellent reputation. With the Open Call for Talent Development in an International Context, the Fund is stimulating the artistic and professional development of designers who are embarking on an exceptional collaboration with a foreign partner. This is the second open call in a series of three that will be issued each autumn through to 2020.

open call set-up
For this open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 75,000 available in 2019. Depending on the project, the collaborations can take a diversity of forms, for instance a research project, presentation or residency. The Fund is making a fixed sum of € 12,500 available for a residency and € 25,000 for other forms of collaboration.

The stipulations for being eligible for a grant are:
the project should take place largely or entirely outside the Netherlands;
the designer/maker/architect must have an exemplary and/or distinctive practice;
the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice that is registered in the Netherlands;
the foreign partner enjoys an excellent reputation;
there needs to be a reasonable amount of co-funding, of which a substantial proportion will be contributed by the foreign partner;
a form of presentation that is relevant for the project is included at the conclusion of the process;
there is no question of a commissioner/client relationship between the two parties.

You can find an overview here and here of projects that were supported in previous rounds of the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context:

The application can be submitted until Wednesday 4 September 2019 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Open Call Talent Development in International Context 2019'.

The application consists of:
1. A plan/description of the activities (max. 10 pages in A4 format), including:
the rationale for how the project contributes to the development of your own professional and artistic practice;
a clear and concise description of the international activities that will be undertaken;
a concise description of one or more foreign institutions, organizations or companies involved;
a motivation for the choice of this partner (or partners);
an explanation by the foreign institution, organization or company about the manner of collaboration and the intended outcome;
2. Budget and planning: an overview of estimated costs, income and planning, including an estimated number of hours to be spent. The project may not start until 13 November 2019 at the earliest.
3. CVs of the parties involved, with relevant information about work or other experience that is relevant to the proposed project (max. 2 pages).
4. A portfolio from the maker/designer and information about the partner (max. 10 pages in A4 format).
5. Proof of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) or a foreign equivalent.

If the application fails to satisfy the description outlined above, no evaluation of the content can take place;
Apply for your login 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 confirmation of receipt by e-mail within one week after the deadline;
In order to receive a grant, you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

The evaluation of the applications involves consulting with a committee of external advisers. This panel gives a number of proposals precedence over the others. The committee determines to what extent the proposal:
advances talent development: the project fosters the further artistic or professional development of individual talent;
promotes artistic quality: the project focuses on the continuation, further development and promotion of one's personal ability, while the designer in question will be seen as an inspiring example for colleagues and a broader interested public;
strengthens the international reputation of the contemporary Dutch creative industries.

The committee will specifically consider:
the extent to which the designers, makers, critics and/or curators from the creative industries (digital culture, design, architecture) have an exemplary and/or distinctive practice;
the extent to which the foreign institution, organization or company involved has an outstanding reputation;
the level and means of co-funding by the foreign partner;
the extent to which the proposed plan contributes to the ongoing artistic and professional development of the maker involved;
the quality and form of the collaboration;
the extent to which the proposal is consistent in intent and purpose, the expertise involved and public reach;
the extent to which it is relevant for the Netherlands.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: a number of proposals will be given precedence above the others within the available budget. The Fund will communicate only on the selected proposals and not correspond on the rejection of individual proposals. The open call follows the procedure described in the Fund's Subsidy Regulations.

available budget
Creative Industries Fund NL has allotted a maximum of € 125,000 for this open call. The maximum grant per application is € 25,000. The grant is emphatically intended for international activities that contribute to the artistic and/or professional development of designers, makers, critics and/or curators who are active in the creative industries. The selected proposals receive a subsidy from an additional budget made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for internationalization and talent development in the creative industries. The Ministry wishes to use this budget to support top talent in order to achieve a strong international position. The selection will be announced by 13 November 2019 at the latest by e-mail and via the Fund's website.

more information
In 2019 the Fund is organizing a number of meet-ups with the current selection as well as completed projects from the period 2014-2018. The aim is to allow the various projects to exchange expertise and experiences.

If you have any questions about the open call and procedure, please contact Roxanne Minten or Anselm van Sintfiet by e-mail, or by phone: +31 (0)10 436 1600.

Open Call Researching Remix

Do you use 'remix' as a method to achieve innovative and experimental work? And within your practice, do you reflect on themes such as balance of power, ownership, appropriation and social inequality? For the Researching Remix Open Call, Metro54 and the Creative Industries Fund NL invite makers, collectives, organizers and thinkers to submit a project proposal. The deadline is Tuesday 2 July. The results of the selected works will be presented at the Dutch Design Week in October.

collaboration between the Fund and Metro54
As a platform, Metro54 follows experimental and innovative art, design, fashion, architecture, music and digital expressions very closely. In 2019, Metro54 is organizing the travelling annual programme Re-mix and Re-search: whose cultural appropriation is this?. This programme investigates the theme of cultural appropriation within contemporary urban arts & culture and is being realized in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL.

open call
Remix as a methodology and research method has a significant influence in urban arts & culture. We are interested in projects that are able to relate critically to this influence and, in so doing, reflect on themes such as the balance of power, ownership and cultural appropriation.
For this open call we are looking for new, interdisciplinary and many-voiced remix work that contributes to innovation in the fields of (graphic) productions, graphic design, fashion, architecture, visual culture and digital culture. Themes such as agency, recognition and ownership play an important role in the intended projects. We are also particularly interested in how remix as a research method or methodology plays a role in your practice proposal.

group exhibition
The selected proposals for new work will be presented during the Dutch Design Week 2019 in Eindhoven as part of the exhibition and programme This is a Take-Over: Researching Remix. In this way, curator Metro54 wants to draw attention to design, reflection and research within urban arts & culture.

If you would like to present an idea or if you have any questions about the open call, come to the in-store meetup on Thursday 6 June from 19:00 to 21:00 at Daily Paper in Amsterdam. Metro54 and Fund staff will be present.

If you have any questions about the content of this open call, you can also contact Metro54. For questions about submitting your proposal, please contact Sean Gillis or Zineb Seghrouchni or by telephone at 010 436 16 00.

practical information about your application
Who can submit a proposal?
Individual makers, designers, thinkers, collectives and organizers of new, interdisciplinary and diverse work can submit a proposal.

When is the deadline?
you can submit your application here
the open call closes on 2 July 2019
the selection will be announced in the third week of July

What is the available budget?
maximum € 4,000 per proposal for making new work (including VAT, where applicable)
a minimum of four proposals will be supported

What do you need to provide?
project plan: in text and/or images; the inclusion of web links to online material, films, etc. is permitted
proof of the applying party's registration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK)

What is the evaluation of the proposal based on?
vision on remix as a research method and methodology
extent to which reflection on themes that influence urban arts & culture has been developed
boldness and inventiveness
feasibility of the proposal

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