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Open Call: Residency in Arita, Japan

Open Call: Residency in Arita, Japan

The Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL have joined forces to offer two residency periods in Japan’s Saga prefecture in 2016. We are calling on designers and visual artists to submit proposals for these residencies. Designers can apply via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment; visual artists can apply via the Mondriaan Fund.

The reason for this residency is the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Japanese Arita porcelain in 2016. The highly particular Arita porcelain is renowned for its superior quality, most notably the hand-painting it involves. This tradition of porcelain painting has existed since 1616. Arita is a small town in the Saga prefecture on Kyushu, which is Japan’s third largest island. The Dutch designer duo Scholten & Baijings and Japanese designer Teruhiro Yanagihara are involved with this celebration as artistic directors of the Arita 2016/ project. They have established this residency in association with the Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL in order to stimulate crossovers and experimentation, as well as to initiate new collaborations between Dutch artists & designers and Japanese potteries. This initiative ties in with a wider-ranging cultural cooperation programme between the Netherlands and Kyushu. For further information, visit www.hollandkyushu.com.

The residency in Japan offers highly promising artists and designers the leeway to conduct artistic and technical research and to develop their personal work, which must also lead to intensive interaction with the relevant porcelain manufacturers in the region. An important guiding principle for this residency is to learn special techniques within Japan’s oldest ceramics industry and employ them in their own work. The artists/designers are expected to have some basic knowledge of working with ceramic. A concrete project proposal is not required; a clear description of plans and ideas that the applicant wishes to realize during the residency will suffice. Before the work period begins, Scholten & Baijings and Teruhiro Yanagihara will pair the residents with one of the 10 potteries in Arita. The pottery also serves as the point of contact for any technical support provided by the Ceramic Technical Research Laboratory in Arita. An assistant/interpreter will be available to help the residents for several hours each week, for discussions with the potteries and for other practical matters. The experiences and results of the residency will be shared through lectures and/or workshops, initially in Arita and later in the Netherlands. One artist and one designer will be working in Arita for each period. The residents will be staying in a traditional Japanese house, where each will have their own room. The living room, bathroom and kitchen are shared. See www.2016arita.com.

For who?
The residency can be applied for only by visual artists (via the Mondriaan Fund) or designers (via Creative Industries Fund NL). For applications by duos or cooperatives, each individual involved must submit a separate application. A duo is understood as two artists or designers who produce work together on a structural basis. Duos (project-specific or longer-term) are regarded as collaborations if they submit a joint plan that leads to a single outcome for the work period. In addition, a duo must be prepared to live and work in a single, somewhat confined space.

The work period and financial support
The work periods being offered are:

1 June–31 August 2016
1 September–30 November 2016
Your preferred residency period should be indicated in your application. If possible, this preference will be respected.

A sum of €8,000 is available for travel, materials, transportation and living expenses for each period. The Mondriaan Fund/Creative Industries Fund NL will pay the costs of the studio, the living space and support to Arita directly.

Submissions
The proposal can be submitted via the Fund’s online application environment by 22 January at the latest. Select the ‘Open Call’ option, then the ‘Open Call: Residency in Arita, Japan’ from the pull-down menu. For further information about this Open Call, please contact Jasmijn van Weenen, deputy grant officer for the Grant Programme for Internationalization, via [email protected] or tel. +31(0)10 436 1600.

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Open Call: Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers, makers, curators and cultural organizations in the Netherlands to submit a plan for a project that deploys design for sustainable and inclusive societies. The open call invites cultural parties to join forces with a local partner to turn their minds to a topical issue, observation or development in Turkey, Russia, Egypt or Morocco. The project should entail an egalitarian collaboration between the parties.

The rapid growth of cities is a topic that is relevant in the four countries that the open call is focusing on, resulting in new relationships between street culture, identity and public space, as well as between the city and the countryside. The appropriation of the city by various parties – grassroots and top-down, public and private, established and emerging – takes a diversity of forms, in the physical as well as the virtual domain. Designers are being asked to put topical themes that relate to the city, its surroundings and users on the agenda, to question them or propose solutions. This calls for cross-disciplinary and context-sensitive collaborations at the interface of culture, new media, technology, craft, society and the new economy.

collaboration
The project team (of Dutch and local partners) adopts a standpoint concerning sustainable and inclusive societies within the theme that the project focuses on. The plan provides insight into how and why various stakeholders will be involved with the project. Projects can take a diversity of forms, from artistic, speculative or design-based research to the implementation of a pilot, intervention or campaign. The perspective of Turkish, Russian, Egyptian or Moroccan parties is crucial and should be embedded in the project.

focus
This is a follow-up to the first series of Open Calls focused on these four countries that the Fund issued previously. As a result of findings concerning the first series of open calls, the Fund is more emphatically seeking for projects that relate to disciplines in the fields of design and digital culture, as well as every possible crossover.

budget and support in two phases
The support of the selected projects is divided into two phases:

Phase 1 lasts up to 3 months for exploration, preparatory research, the consolidation of the collaborations as well as the garnering of support and co-funding. The first phase results in an detailed project plan for Phase 2;
Phase 2 is intended for implementation of the project plan as elaborated in Phase 1.

A maximum of 4 projects per country will be selected for Phase 1, with a maximum grant of €15,000 per project.

For Phase 2, the intention is to support a maximum of 4 projects per country, with a maximum grant of €50,000 per project.

submissions
Projects can be submitted from 1 December 2018 to 21 January 2019 via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment.

planning
Informative meet-up: 6 December 2018 between 13:30h. – 18:00h. in Het Nieuwe Instituut
• Deadline for submissions: 21 January 2019
• Phase 1 begins after the announcement of the selection on 4 March 2019.
• A team meeting with all the selected parties will be held in March 2019.
• Deadline for submissions for Phase 2: 10 June 2019
• Phase 2 begins after the announcement of the selection on 1 August 2019 and continues for a maximum of one year.

the application consists of the following components:
1. A concise and coherent project plan, max. 10 pages on the basis of the Guidelines for TREM#2 and see tips for drafting a project plan the FAQ.
2. A budget and planning: concrete for Phase 1 and looking ahead to Phase 2, max. 2 pages:
The Fund’s support is specifically intended for the implementation of the design, designers, makers and hours for the organization. The maximum hourly rate is set at €65.00/hour (excluding VAT). When drawing up the budget bear in mind any VAT obligations, where applicable. In case of doubt, always contact the regional tax office first.
3. CVs of those involved, max. 2 pages in total.
4. Where relevant, a portfolio with information about relevant prior projects.
5. Certificate of registration from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) that is less than one year old.
6. Representative image for the Fund’s communication purposes.

The Subsidy Regulations specify costs that are excluded from funding by Creative Industries Fund NL.

The project plan is a PDF file in A4 format of up to 10 pages (excluding planning, budget, CVs and certificate of registration from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce/KvK). The file is no larger than 10 MB. If the application fails to meet the description above, it will not be accepted for evaluation.

N.B.:
Request your login details 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.
There is no opportunity to submit a draft project plan to the Fund, but until 14 January 2019 you can request preparatory advice. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail within 14 days after the deadline.

evaluation
The Fund will select a number of projects for the start-up phase in conjunction with external experts, based on the following criteria:
The relevance of the theme;
The degree to which content and the project’s form enhance each other and are distinctive;
The degree of fully fledged collaboration in the project;
An evenly balanced sharing of the budget.
The Fund will, where needed, seek the advice of the Dutch Embassies and/or Consulates in the countries concerned regarding the cooperation between Dutch and local parties within the proposed collaboration.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender. This means that a number of projects are preferred above the other submissions, and the project plans that are declined do not receive an individual explanation from the Fund. Within the total programme (open call #1 and 2) the fund strives for a diverse selection of theme’s, disciplines project forms, locations and partners. The Fund will contact the selected parties. The selection will be announced by e-mail within the six weeks after the deadline.

questions?
For questions about the open call and the procedure, please telephone +31(0)10 436 16 00 or send an e-mail to Yasmin Kursun via [email protected] or Zineb Seghrouchni via
[email protected]
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context
Within the policy framework of the International Culture Policy 2017-2020 and with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Creative Industries Fund NL is implementing a four-year programme with the title ‘Sustainable and inclusive cities through design’. Pivotal to the programme is the role and deployment of design (and design thinking) in questioning and proposing solutions for the consequences of rapid urbanization and the associated societal themes. This will stimulate cross-disciplinary projects with relevant stakeholders in Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco, within as well as beyond the design disciplines, aimed at providing opportunities for collaboration on an equal footing between these four countries and the Netherlands, while strengthening trust and understanding between the two countries.

With this programme the Fund is endeavouring to:
establish long-term collaborations and networks (of expertise) between the Netherlands and Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco;
strengthen projects that are locally interwoven and are based on a local requirement;
promote an inclusive and egalitarian approach to tasks, collaborations and interchange.

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