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Open Call Residency in Arita, Japan 2020
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Open Call Residency in Arita, Japan 2020

In 2020, Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund are once again jointly offering two residency periods in the Japanese ceramics region of Saga. The funds invite designers and artists to submit a proposal by 2 September 2019 at the latest.

Note: this open call has ended.

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.

rationale
The highly particular Arita porcelain is renowned for its superior quality, most notably the hand-painting it involves. The porcelain industry and the 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.

Designers Jan Broekstra, Floris Wubben and artists Henri Jacobs and Ruta Butkute de Roo stayed at the Arita residence in 2016. In 2017, artists Susan Kooi and Helen Frik and designers Tijmen Smeulders and Aliki van der Kruis worked there.
In the summer of 2018 designers Bas van Beek, Franciska Meijers and artists Tilmann Meyer-Faje and Isabel Ferrand will stay in Saga for three months. In 2019 designers Dinie Besems and Viktor Hachmang and artists Antye Günther and duo Heringa/Van Kalsbeek went to Japan.

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 artists/designers are expected to possess some basic knowledge of working with ceramics. There is no need for a concrete project proposal, but a good description of plans and ideas that the applicant wants to execute during the work period.

the work period and financial support
The work periods being offered are:
1 June until 31 August 2020
1 September until 30 November 2020

Your preferred residency period should be indicated in your application. If possible, this preference will be respected.

A sum of €9,500 is available for travel, materials and transportation expenses for each period. The residents should reserve €1,500 to remunerate the potters for their guidance during the work process. The costs of the studio, the living space and support will be paid directly to Arita by the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo.

submissions
The proposal can be submitted via the Fund's online application environment. Select the round 'Open Call Residency Arita, Japan 2020'.

final judgment
The available places can only be allocated if the advisory committee's advice with regard to the abovementioned criteria is positive. The committee may apply a prioritization.

more information
For further information about this Open Call, please contact Eva Roolker via [email protected] or via tel. +31(0)10 436 1600.

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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 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.

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.

submission
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.

evaluation
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.

financial
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.

procedure
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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