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Open Call Russia #1
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Open Call Russia #1

The Creative Industries Fund NL calls on Dutch designers and cultural organizations to submit a project plan for a project, intervention or process that deploys design for sustainable and inclusive urbanization in Russia. The plan describes an urbanization question that is related to a social issue, in a specific region or city in Russia, where Dutch and Russian parties work together on an equal footing.

The Open Call has ended.

Until the end of 2020, the Fund will be holding a number of open calls that focus on challenges associated with urbanization in Russia. The projects will deal with how these challenges, in a collaboration between Russian and Dutch partners, can be addressed in order to achieve more sustainable, inclusive and smart cities. The question of urbanization provides opportunities for improving living conditions, housing, social cohesion and the utilization of technology for social innovation and for redefining the significance of cultural heritage. There are possibilities here for the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Dutch designers and cultural organizations in collaboration with Russian partners.

sustainable and inclusive cities through design
The project plan should formulate the issue in clear terms and provide a vision on it. The issues could range from repurposing and reusing (industrial) heritage to dealing with the problems of waste in cities. The significance and organization of the public space and reflection on its use by different groups also provide points of departure for a Dutch-Russian collaboration within the design disciplines.

Some questions that are relevant here are:
Which interventions, social or otherwise, in the existing urban context are required so that the project can contribute to sustainable urban development and at which level of scale?
What awareness does the project aim to boost and by which parties? How can 'advocacy planning' take place in the Russian context, so that certain groups that are generally not heard can in fact be represented in thinking about and working on the city?
How can new media be deployed in the project to achieve visible effects in both the virtual and physical Russian domain?

This is a small selection from urban themes that are current in various places in Russia. The projects could tie in with these themes or explore a different issue that is endorsed from the Russian side.

applying party
The applying party should be located in the Netherlands, operating in the Dutch creative industry field and registered with the Chamber of Commerce. In the event of selection, this party functions as the principal contractor for carrying out the project and concludes an agreement with the Fund for the implementation of the submitted project plan on behalf of all the Dutch and Russian coalition partners.

coalition
The coalitions should fulfil the following conditions:
The Dutch organizer is the principal applicant;
Organizations from the Netherlands already have a long-standing collaboration with one or more parties in Russia;
Involvement of at least one Russian partner;
Participation of several Dutch designers in the process;
Scaling up or deepening the collaboration between Dutch and Russian parties in Russia from a cultural perspective.

budget and support in 2 phases
A maximum budget of € 175,000 has been reserved for this Open Call. The support to selected projects is provided in two phases. In the first selection round, a maximum of 4 projects are selected. For the initial phase, a maximum amount of € 15,000 per project is available. The initial phase lasts for a period of 4 months at most, during which activities are carried out that include the generation of a comprehensive project plan for the second phase.

The aim is to provide support to a maximum of 2 projects in the second phase. For the second phase, the remaining budget of € 175,000 minus the starting grants awarded is available.

content of the project plan phase 1
Clearly formulated issue
A description of the urbanization issue and the social theme in Russia, including a clearly formulated locally supported question from a Russian party;
A view of the issue from a Dutch perspective;
A view of the issue from a Russian perspective;
A description of the cross-disciplinary approach to the issue;
Insight into the intended results and how these contribute to a sustainable and inclusive approach/solution to the stated issue;
Description of the level and scale of the project implementation.

Vision on the collaboration, expertise involved and working method
A vision on and description of the working method and the involvement of designers/makers, (local) stakeholders and users/communities;
A description of the disciplines and experts involved.

Description of relevant experience
Description of the organization(s) involved's experience with projects and collaborations in Russia;
Description of the organization(s) involved's experience with projects and collaborations related to the stated issue and working method.

Organization, implementation and communication
Working method and planning phase 1 (start April/May 2018) and phasing in outline for implementation of the project in phase 2 (start 1 September 2018 at the latest);
The implementation of phase 2 takes place in the period 2018-2019 and has a maximum duration of 12 months;
Budget and other sources of support for the entire project in outline. The support is mainly intended for the deployment of the design, designers, makers and organizational hours;
Detailed budget relating to the initial phase and hours involved;
Communication plan, focusing on attracting a suitable audience, sharing of knowledge and experiences and sharing results.

content of the comprehensive project plan phase 2
Project plans for phase 2 should be developed on the following points:
The collaboration between the partners has been made tangible by means of a collaboration agreement signed by all the coalition partners;
The planning and budget for the project has been worked out;
Backing and the required co-financing has been organized;
Research questions have been honed;
The communication plan and the dissemination of knowledge have been worked out;
The hiring of the required expertise has been confirmed;
The expected effects of the project on the urban environment, the stakeholders involved, participating designers and the local community have been established and examined.

All results of the project (both phase 1 and 2) should be publicly available and remain so, and be shared in both Russia and the Netherlands. The selected projects will also be expected to participate in interim activities focusing on the sharing of experiences and the process, organized by the Fund.

evaluation
Together with external experts, the Fund selects a number of projects from the applications submitted for the initial phase, on the basis of the following criteria:
The degree of full collaboration with organizations in Russia, Dutch designers/makers and (local) stakeholders;
The relevance of the subject;
The extent to which content and project form reinforce each other and are distinctive in this respect;
A balanced distribution of the budget between the Dutch and Russian partners.

The Fund is advised by the Dutch Embassy in Moscow and/or the Consulate General in St. Petersburg concerning the collaboration between Dutch and Russian parties within the proposed coalition.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender. This means that a number of projects are selected in preference to other submissions, and the project plans that are not selected do not receive any individual explanation from the Fund. The Fund contacts the selected projects. The selection is made known by e-mail within 6 weeks of the closing date.

objectives
The aims of the Fund's programme are:
Building durable collaborations and (knowledge) networks between the Netherlands and Russia;
Strengthening projects that are locally embedded and based on a local question;
Encouraging an inclusive and equal approach to issues, collaborations and exchanges.

submission
The project plan can be submitted from January 1st until 7 March 2018 via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. From January 1st you can select the 'Open Call Russia #1' round.

The project plan consists of the following attachments:
1. A concise and coherent project plan that covers the points mentioned above.
2. The budget and planning must not exceed 2 pages and indicate what is to be investigated and elaborated during the initial phase and the subsequent phase. A cultural tariff should be utilized that does not exceed € 65 per hour exclusive of VAT.
3. CVs of parties involved, not exceeding 2 pages in total.
4. Proof of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel), not more than 1 year old.
5. Representative image for communication purposes by the Fund.

The Subsidy Regulations specify which costs are excluded from financing by the Fund.

The project plan is a PDF file in A4 format and does not exceed 10 pages (excluding planning, budget, CVs, images and proof of registration Dutch Chamber of Commerce). The file size does not exceed 10 MB in total. If the submission does not comply with the description above, no evaluation of the content can take place.

Please note:
Request your login details for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. Validation of a new user account takes 1 working day at most.
You may not present a concept project plan to the Fund, but you may ask for advice during the preparations until 27 February 2018 at the latest. You will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail one week after the closing date at the latest.

meeting
The Fund is organizing a meeting for interested parties on 13 February 2018, in The Netherlands. If you would like to receive an invitation, please send an e-mail to [email protected] stating 'Meeting Open Call Russia #1'.

questions?
For questions about the Open Call and the procedure, please telephone or send an e-mail to Zineb Seghrouchni at [email protected] or Anselm van Sintfiet at [email protected].

This Open Call has its legal basis in the Subsidy Regulations of the Creative Industries Fund NL.

background
The Creative Industries Fund NL is conducting a four-year programme within the policy framework of the International Culture Policy 2017-2020 (objective 2) with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, entitled 'Inclusive Cities & Societies through Design'. Central to the programme is the role and deployment of design and design thinking to question and provide solutions for rapid urbanization and the corresponding social themes. Cross-disciplinary working with relevant stakeholders in Russia is encouraged, both within and beyond the design disciplines, where it revolves around providing opportunities for collaboration between Russia and the Netherlands on an equal footing and strengthening the trust and understanding between the two countries.

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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.

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 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 or € 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:

application
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.

N.B.:
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).

evaluation
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 € 75,000 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.

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