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Open Call: Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Open Call: Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers to submit a proposal for participation in the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice. This biennale is one of the world's most important international architecture exhibitions, and the upcoming edition runs from 28 May to 27 November 2016. This open call is the only opportunity to receive a grant for participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Theme
As this year's curator, Alejandro Aravena is seizing upon the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale to put new architectural approaches to urgent social tasks on the agenda. 'Reporting from the Front' showcases the role of architects in the struggle to improve the living conditions of people all over the world. The theme focuses on architectures that manifest themselves within the constraints of a scarcity of means, as well as on designs that undermine the status quo and produce architecture for the common good, however modest in scale these may be.

Submissions
The deadline for submitting a proposal via the Fund's online application environment is 2 March. Select the 'Open Call' option, then 'Venice Architecture Biennale 2016' from the pull-down menu.

Eligibility:
Projects that involve participation in the biennale's official main programme or collateral events. A substantive motivation from the inviting party and/or curator is a precondition for this.
Projects that involve participation on one's own initiative, in which case you must state how the project relates to the biennale's theme and why the activity and participants are relevant.
Various project forms are eligible, e.g. a series of lectures, an exhibition, presentation or research.

The project proposal must consist of:
a clear, concise description of the proposal's structure and objective, as well as a motivation for participation;
a description of the intended venue;
relevant visual documentation of work by the participants concerned and images that provide an impression of the proposed project;
the invitation and its substantive motivation;
a realistic budget, clearly indicating the status of any co-funding. The requested contribution is the budget's balancing item.
Appendix I: CV (max. 2 pages per proposal);
Appendix II: proof of registration from a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) that is less than a year old. If that is not the case, then it is still possible to register with a KvK subsequent to selection.

Format
The project proposal is a PDF file of no more than 10 pages (excluding CV and KvK certificate) in A4 format and is no larger than 10 MB in size. If the application fails to meet the description above, then its content cannot be evaluated.
N.B. Request 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 workday. For further information see the guidelines for online applications.

Objective
Creative Industries Fund NL's intended purpose with this Open Call is to showcase the excellent quality of Dutch architecture and urban planning at a prominent event. The Fund is supporting participation in the biennale within the framework of the Grant Programme for Architecture, thus contributing to the following objectives:

Enhance the social added value of architecture from a cultural perspective
Promote excellence in architecture
Foster interest in architecture in the Netherlands and abroad

Evaluation
In consultation with external experts, the Fund will select a number of proposals for participation during the biennale from the submissions, based on the following criteria:

the degree in which the project relates to the biennale's theme;
the relevance to contemporary design practice;
the degree in which the content and chosen project form enhance each other and are distinctive in this regard;
projects for which there is a substantive motivation from the inviting party will be considered an advantage.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: a number of proposals will be prioritized within the available budget. The Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals; it will not enter into any correspondence about the rejection of individual proposals.
A maximum of €150,000 is available for this Open Call. The Fund expects to be able to support several proposals.

Procedure
The Fund will endeavour to make an announcement in early March. The Open Call procedure is described in Creative Industries Fund NL's General Subsidy Regulations. For questions about this Open Call and the procedure, please contact:
Zineb Seghrouchni, deputy grant officer for the Grant Programme for Architecture, [email protected]
or Anselm van Sintfiet, grant officer for the Grant Programme for Internationalization, [email protected]
tel. +31(0)10-4361600

Further information
In order to receive a grant you must be registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK). If that is not the case, then you can still register with a KvK subsequent to selection;
The Fund secretariat cannot offer advice about a draft version of the proposal;
Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail within a week of the closing date;
The selection of proposals will be announced by e-mail;
The Fund secretariat will contact the selected parties directly.

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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:

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 € 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.
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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.

meetup
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.

contact
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?
portfolio
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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