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Open Call Professionalization Design Practice #5

Open Call Professionalization Design Practice #5

The Creative Industries Fund NL gives an impulse to the deepening of the practice and professionalization of designers and design studios within the field of design. Designers and studios have until 6 November 2019 to submit proposals for the development of a distinctive strategy to achieve a future-proof practice.

Note: this open call has ended.

Developing a long-term vision and strategy is important for your design practice. In a professional practice, you need to plan time for both your artistic development and your development as an entrepreneur. How do you find the right balance between the two? What is your vision of the future and what strategy can you use to achieve this?

The Fund is working on a future-proof design field by stimulating connections between culture, entrepreneurship and society. By facilitating exemplary research in the areas of reflection and deepening of the practice, the Fund aims to strengthen the design field. A design practice responds to current events in the design field and in society and benefits from an up-to-date development strategy.

Submit a proposal for an investigation into a suitable strategy for the development and deepening of your design practice. Identify the expertise needed to give specific form to the strategy and to implement it. Consider in the proposal the reflection on the development of your own practice in relation to the position in the field.

Wednesday 6 November 2019 is the closing date for submitting the proposal via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select the round 'Open Call' and then the round 'Professionalization Design Practice #5'.

Your proposal consists of:
1. a concise and coherent project plan focused on reflection, practice development and possible implementation (max. 7 pages in A4 format, PDF) containing:
a. a vision on the positioning and future vision of your own design practice;
b. a clear issue in your own practice for long-term development;
c. an action plan with substantiation and clarification concerning at least two partners/advisers involved in concretization and/or implementation (e.g. through the provision of guidance or an exchange of knowledge);
d. an explanation of the intended impact on your own practice, in terms of both artistic development and entrepreneurship.

2. a budget with planning (max. 2 pages in A4 format, PDF);
3. a concise CV (max. 2 pages in A4 format, PDF);
4. a portfolio of recent and relevant work (max. 10 pages in A4 format, PDF);
5. a recent extract from the register of the Chamber of Commerce.

NB. Request your login details for the online application environment on time and become familiar with the application form. Validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.

The Fund, together with external advisers, selects a number of proposals from the applications received. The advisers evaluate the proposal to gauge how consistently it has been organized and the extent to which it meets the criteria of the Grant Programme for Design and this open call.

The advisers apply the following criteria:

the artistic quality of the portfolio;
the quality of the action plan in relation to the intended result;
the quality of the contribution of the partners/advisers involved.

conditions for participation in this open call:

the designer has had their own practice within the field of design for at least four years;
the proposal shows that the designer faces limitations in the current practice;
the proposal reflects the ambition to take the practice to a higher professional level;
there are at least two partners or parties with which there is a collaboration or by whom knowledge is being gained. The reason for choosing these partners or parties is substantiated;
the proposal will be completed within nine months of the announcement of the selection.

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 receive a negative decision. The Fund aims to make its announcement before 23 December 2019.

The maximum contribution is €7,500. The Fund aims to support a maximum of 10 projects;

No application can be made for regular running costs, such as studio rent, office costs, the development of a corporate identity and website, obtaining legal advice or for the further development of an existing design.

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail at the latest one week after the closing date.

more information
If you have any questions about the open call and the procedure, please contact the Fund by telephone at 010-4361600. Or send an e-mail to staff member Lion Zeegers or Andrea Kristić. For this open call you may not submit a draft proposal to the Fund for advice.

This open call is being issued for the fifth time and will be repeated in 2020.

This open call has its legal basis in the Subsidy Regulations and the Grant Programme for Design.

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Open Call Residency Tanger, Morocco

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. Designers, makers and visual artists may submit a proposal until 20 April 2020 at the latest.

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

meet-up and talk
On 11 March 2020, the Fund and the Mondriaan Fund are organizing a meet-up for interested parties in Rotterdam. Co-founder of Think Tanger, Hicham Bouzid, will give a talk on Morocco and there will be an opportunity to ask questions about the open call. Do you want to stay informed about this meet-up with further details? Sign up here.

The deadline for submitting an application for a working period is Monday 20 April 2020. 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.

Open Call Scout Nights

Are you a maker or designer with an emerging practice in the field of design, architecture and/or digital culture who would like to apply for a talent development grant, but you have not completed regular studies in an artistic discipline? In this case, submit your portfolio for one of the scout nights organized by the Creative Industries Fund NL within the framework of the Talent Development grant programme. The deadline is 6 March 2020.

During the scout nights, makers who have built their practice outside the usual route for the design sector will have the opportunity to pitch their work in front of a small jury and apply for the first round of the Talent Development grant programme. This year we are organizing scout nights in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Utrecht. For each scout night, a maximum of ten makers are invited to pitch their idea on the basis of their portfolio.

If you would like to compete for a place on a scouting night, please submit your portfolio (maximum 15 pages) and your CV (maximum 2 pages) via our online application environment. A portfolio may also consist of an Instagram account or video. The deadline is 6 March 2020, at 23:59.

If you have any questions, please contact the scout of the city where you would like to pitch your work. The scouts are:
Marian Duff, Amsterdam
Meryem Slimani, Rotterdam
Jess Oberlin, Eindhoven
Saïd Belhadj, Utrecht

The Open Call Scout Nights takes place within the framework of the Talent Development grant programme. With this grant programme, the Fund stimulates a new generation of designers and makers in the further development and profiling of their own exceptional design practice. The scout nights are specifically intended for designers and makers who have not followed or completed regular art education. In this way, the Fund enables designers and makers from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds to develop further artistically and professionalize their design practice.

The budget for this open call is € 12,000. This allows up to three participants per city to be selected. Those selected will each receive € 1,000 for drawing up a development plan to be submitted for the second round of the grant application. The scout nights are private and take place between 6 and 10 April. Click here for an impression of the Scout Nights 2019.

The scout nights are specifically aimed at designers, makers or researchers living in the Netherlands, who are not currently following a course of study, nor have they obtained a degree or diploma in art education in the past. They have an individual practice or work as a collective and are active within the (sub)disciplines of design, architecture or digital culture or a crossover between these disciplines. Practices on the boundaries of disciplines are also welcome, such as street art, art direction and styling, or city makers.
In addition, the talents to be scouted are:
18 years of age or older;
able to demonstrate with their portfolio and CV that they have been working in their field for a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years;
registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or with one of the Chambers of Commerce falling within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

maximum of ten pitches
The Fund, together with the scouts, will assess the applications received and the extent to which they match the objectives of the open call. We look at whether there is a professional practice and whether the portfolio fits in with the (sub)disciplines of the creative industry. Per city, a maximum of ten makers can make a pitch. Applicants will be informed at least two weeks before the scout nights if they are allowed to make a pitch.

information about the pitch and criteria
If you are invited to make a pitch, you will give in a presentation of up to five minutes during the scout night, an answer to who you are as a maker, what your motivation is and what makes your practice unique or distinctive. You will also give a brief insight into what you would like to develop in the coming year. The pitch is with images and in English or Dutch, depending on your preference.

Each scout night has its own jury, consisting of three members. The composition of the juries will be announced to the participants after the closing date, as will the pitch locations. The juries will make the selection during the scout nights, based on the criteria below:
1. Quality: The jury specifically looks at the relationship between the motivation and artistic principles of the maker and the way in which these are expressed in the work. In doing so, the jury considers the imaginative and investigative attitude of the maker and their mastery of the chosen means.
2. Relevance: The jury evaluates the extent to which this is a unique voice and distinctive practice for the creative industry.
3. Development potential: The jury assesses the potential for the maker's artistic and professional development.
All applicants will be informed of the results of the scout nights. The Fund only communicates about the selected proposals. The rejected proposals receive a negative decision.

If you are selected during one of the scout nights, you will receive € 1,000 to write a development plan for a grant of € 24,000. This plan will be assessed in the second and final round of the Talent Development grant programme by the advisory committee of this grant programme, together with the plans it selected in the first round as part of the regular procedure. In this second round, the committee selects a maximum of 35 makers for a talent development grant.

online application environment
Via the online application environment, fill in the form to participate in one of the scout nights, and attach your portfolio and CV. For this, you need to create a personal account. Please note: do this in good time, validation of a new user account by the Fund can take up to one working day and can only take place during working days.

Do you have any questions? See if these are answered in the frequently asked questions on our website or contact Sharvin Ramjan, Talent Development grant officer, or the scout in your area.

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