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Open Call Traveling Dialogues, connecting New York, Toronto and Amsterdam

Open Call Traveling Dialogues, connecting New York, Toronto and Amsterdam

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on architects, designers and creatives from the world of e-culture to submit a presentation proposal for a trio of collaborating festivals: Northside in New York, Endless City in Toronto and the N-Festival in Amsterdam. The overarching theme is the way in which the local urban conditions influence the creative industries. The deadline for submissions is 14 April 2016.

New York – Toronto – Amsterdam
The first edition of the N-Festival is set to take place in Amsterdam-North on 17 and 18 September 2016: a new festival aimed at cultural interchange between cities in North America and Europe in the realms of emerging music, food culture, design and innovation. The programming is being decided in cooperation with the American Northside Festival (Brooklyn, New York) and the Canadian Endless City Festival (Toronto).

The Open Call makes it possible for designers and creatives to present their work during two or three of the participating festivals. Each of the festivals has a substantive programme with design and innovation talks in which creatives can share their concept, project or story with an audience of professionals.

'Traveling Dialogue'
The purpose of the presentations is to trigger a 'traveling dialogue' between creatives and cities. The challenge for creatives is to address the ways in which local urban conditions influence their design practice in their presentation proposals. What are the pros and cons of the local design and culture climate? What is the role and significance of innovation or design in the context of the various cities and what happens if designers transpose their practice to another city?

Evaluation criteria
Proposals must relate to the Dutch urban context, New York and/or Toronto. The selected proposals are expected to make a valuable contribution to the programming of at least two of the three festivals. Speakers, initiatives and projects must contribute to bolstering the image of the Dutch creative industries in an international context thanks to their excellent quality.

For a proper evaluation it is important that the proposal consists of:

a clear and concrete description of the presentation proposal;
a description of how the presentation ties in with the Open Call's basic principles;
a description or motivation that explains the added value of participating in the festivals for the development of the designer or creative concerned.

Submitting a proposal and the procedure
Proposals must be submitted via the Fund's online application environment, for which you must create an account via the Fund's website. The deadline is 14 April 2016. Proposals will be evaluated by representatives of the participating festivals and one independent advisor on behalf of the Fund. The selection takes the form of a tender: a number of proposals will be preferred above the others, depending on what the budget allows. The Fund will only communicate about the selected projects, and will enter into no correspondence about the rejection of individual proposals. For questions regarding the Open Call and the procedure, please contact Joris van Ballegooijen by mail [email protected] or by phone 010 436 1600.

A maximum of six proposals will be supported via this Open Call, and each of these will receive a maximum of €6,000 for travel and accommodation, development and presentation costs. This sum includes any BTW/VAT. In preparation for their presentations, the selected creatives will be coached by the N-Festival.

A proposal must consist of:

a completed application form;
a concise description of the story and a plan for presentation;
motivation for participation;
a concise budget, including a funding plan;
visual materials / portfolio (optional);
a certificate of registration from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or an international equivalent.

Other conditions:
Proposals must be submitted in English.
Proposals are aimed at presentations in Amsterdam and New York and/or Toronto.
A proposal is demonstrably Dutch in character.
The contribution of up to €6,000 (including any BTW) may be spent on the travel and accommodation costs for the Northside Festival in Brooklyn and/or Endless City in Toronto in 2016. The selected applicants will receive a guest badge for these festivals. The contribution should also cover the preparation costs and any material costs. Besides the presentation in New York and/or Toronto, the six projects will also present their story at the N-Festival in September 2016.

External links to participating festivals
Northside Festival, Brooklyn NY, 6-12 June 2016

Endless City Festival, Toronto, 3,4 September 2016

N Festival, Amsterdam, 17,18 September 2016

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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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