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Talent Development Grant Programme

Talent Development Grant Programme

budget 2021: € 1,330,000

With its Talent Development Grant Programme, the Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting a new generation of designers and makers with a 12-month grant to further develop and profile their own artistic talent, professional practice and cultural entrepreneurship.


The closing date of the grant programme in 2022 will be announced towards the end of 2021.
The Talent Development Grant Programme is open to makers and designers who have at least one year and at most four years' work experience in the area of design, architecture or digital culture in the Netherlands. The grant programme is open to makers and designers who have graduated from a relevant design study, but also to makers and designers who have, through their practice, developed themselves professionally without having completed a design study.

Makers and designers with a relevant degree: If you graduated from one of these design studies (PDF) no more than 4 years ago, then you should submit an application to the regular Talent Development Grant Programme selection round. The deadline for applicants with a relevant degree is 10 February 2021.

Makers and designers without a relevant degree: For makers and designers who have, through their practice, developed themselves professionally without having completed a relevant design study there are Scout Nights. The deadline for registering for the Scout Nights is 24 February 2021.

There are a number of conditions and limitations attached to the Talent Development Grant Programme (PDF), so please read the grant programme carefully before submitting an application.
With the Talent Development Grant Programme, you can apply for a 12-month grant to invest in your own development. The 12-month grant of € 25,000 consists of three parts: one freely disposable part for personal artistic and professional development (€ 15,000), one part for the professionalization of the personal practice (€ 5,000) and one part for presentation purposes (€ 5,000).

The Talent Development Grant Programme has various selection rounds. After you have been selected in the first selection round or during a Scout Night you will receive € 1,000 to draw up a development plan. The final selection for the 50 available 12-month grants will be made based on the development plans submitted in the second selection round.

Click here for the makers and designers selected in previous years.
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Talent Development Grant Programme regulations (PDF). Make sure that you are aware of the conditions, criteria and objectives stated in them before submitting an application.

Criteria
The advisory committee and, during the Scout Nights the jury, will make the selection based on the criteria set out below:
1. Quality of the work: When assessing the quality of the work, the coherence between the maker's motivation and the artistically relevant principles is examined. What is the maker's substantive objective or principle and how does this translate into research, a design challenge, form or another means? The advisers look at how the direction for the development year, as described, fits within the personal practice and portfolio. In doing so, the advisers take into account the design practices that are linked to the various disciplines and sub-disciplines, the circumstances in which the applicant works and the methodology applied.
2. Environmental awareness and positioning: With this criterion, the advisers assess the extent to which the makers have a good understanding of the cultural, social or other environmental factors connected to their personal practice. They look at the artistically relevant issues and/or social themes the applicant relates to and the degree to which they critically reflect their own position with respect to these issues.
3. Development capability: The advisers appraise the maker's potential for artistic and professional development. They look at which new steps the applicant intends to take during the development year and if they are in line with the maker's motivation and artistically relevant principles.
4. The degree to which the applicant's practice can potentially be considered as distinctive within the creative industry. This criterion scrutinizes how the maker's practice is positioned with respect to existing knowledge and practices within the area of expertise and the measure of added value it provides.
The advisory committee will process your application based on the application form and the attachments submitted. A list of the documents we require is set out below:

Makers and designers with a relevant degree (deadline 10 February):
1. Application form.
2. Motivation letter of no more than 2 pages in PDF (portrait layout, A4 format).
3. Portfolio of no more than 10 pages in PDF (portrait layout, A4 format, max. 15 MB).
Visual documentation in your portfolio must include work from the past 2 to 3 years with details such as title, year, size, technique and any additional information per project of no more than 100 words, e.g. about the context and any collaboration. Clearly indicate your part in any collaboration projects.
If you add any moving images to your portfolio, make sure that they are viewable through a link to an online platform (Vimeo, YouTube or suchlike). Also include stills plus captions for each video in your portfolio. The maximum duration is 3 minutes. If you want to show several videos, then make a compilation of no longer than 5 minutes.
4. Curriculum vitae of no more than 2 pages in PDF (portrait layout, A4 format).
5. Copy of your degree in PDF.
6. If available: registration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or a Chamber of Commerce that falls under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Makers and designers without a relevant degree (deadline 24 February):
1. Application form.
2. Curriculum vitae of no more than 2 pages in PDF (portrait layout, A4 format).
3. Portfolio of no more than 10 pages in PDF (portrait layout, A4 format, max. 15 MB).
Visual documentation in your portfolio must include work from the past 2 to 3 years with details such as title, year, size, technique and any additional information per project of no more than 100 words, e.g. about the context and any collaboration. Clearly indicate your part in any collaboration projects.
If you add any moving images to your portfolio, make sure that they are viewable through a link to an online platform (Vimeo, YouTube or suchlike). Also include stills plus captions for each video in your portfolio. The maximum duration is 3 minutes. If you want to show several videos, then make a compilation of no longer than 5 minutes.
4. A video pitch of approx. 3 minutes.
5. If available: registration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or a Chamber of Commerce that falls under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Fund organizes a meeting in the second week of May for those who are selected in the first selection round and the Scout Nights, during which information is provided about drawing up the development plan. The deadline for submitting your development plan is 19 May 2021. It is not possible to submit a draft version of your development plan for feedback to the Fund.

Applications may be submitted in English.
Acceptance
When you have submitted your application, the Fund Desk will check if your application complies with the formal requirements of the Talent Development Grant Programme (PDF).

Assessment
The selection under the Talent Development Grant Programme consists of two rounds. In the first selection round and on Scout Nights, the advisory committee and the jury respectively will compose a longlist based on the portfolio, the curriculum vitae and the motivation letter/pitch and on the Talent Development Grant Programme. The participants selected for the longlist - 60 from the selection round and 20 from the Scout Nights - will be asked to draw up a development plan.

For the final selection, the advisory committee will assess the development plans submitted against the Talent Development Grant Programme. The way this is done as well as the criteria for this are set out in Article 10 of the Talent Development Grant Programme (PDF). The committee issues its advice to the Fund's board.

Click [https://stimuleringsfonds.nl/en/the_fund/organization/advisory_committees/here] to see who is part of the advisory committee for the Talent Development Grant Programme.

Decision
The board decides whether or not to provide the grant and takes the committee's advice into consideration in doing so. The selection for the longlist will be announced approximately six weeks after the closing date. All applicants will receive a report in which the committee outlines the applications it processed. For this stage, no individual feedback will be given. Scout Night participants will receive feedback from the jury during the selection night.

The final selection for the 50 12-month grants will be announced in early August 2021. All applicants who submitted a development plan will receive personal feedback. The grant period for the selected participants runs from August/September up to and including October of the following year.

Accountability
If you receive a grant from the Fund you will have to comply with the obligations. Please read the important information about accountability in Articles 13 to 17. Two weeks before the conclusion of your project, you will be asked by email to submit your accountability form in the online application environment.
For further information please contact Team Talent Development:
talentontwikkeling@stimuleringsfonds.nl

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Talent Development Grant Programme

Gianna Bottema

2021
Gianna Bottema is a 2019 graduate of the Architectural Association in London and in the development year plans to form a critical analysis of the housing practice in the Netherlands from a feminist and intersectional perspective. Her research into unequal relationships in the living environment questions paradigms concerning gender and sexuality and explores the spatial possibilities for economic, political and social equality, to then translate these into alternative floor plans. In the first half of the development year, Bottema is carrying out theoretical and typological research with 'home atlas'. This is reflected in, among other things, collaborations with experts in the field of housing and gender studies and a study trip to non-European projects. In the second half, working with 'home revolution' will involve experiments with visual techniques, design studies, and speculative housing proposals. In conclusion, the work will be presented as 'home discussion' through workshops, a publication aimed at the professional audience and a website for the wider public.
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Talent Development Grant Programme

Ameneh Solati

2021
Ameneh Solati obtained her Master's degree in Architecture from the Royal College of Art. She sees that refugees are forced to simplify their histories, social customs and family structures, so that cultural practices fit 'neatly' within the existing structures of the built environment. From this observation, she wonders how refugees deal with this pressure to conform. In addition to this issue, Solati will focus in the coming year on developing an interdisciplinary spatial design practice, where research, text and design come together. She is building an open-source archive that includes a lexicon, stories, artefacts, images, maps, recordings, documents and more. Solati interweaves narratives with informative essays in which she describes different kinds of environments – private, public, the productive and the spiritual – and will be experimenting with moving image as a means of representation. The media (such as digital video, animated drawings, 3D models, collages and sound) will be merged into an essay film. In addition, Solati is calling on various professionals for mentoring, participating in animation and editing courses, and receiving guidance in writing from author Priya Basil.
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Talent Development Grant Programme

Lieke Jildou de Jong

2021
Lieke Jildou de Jong, a graduate of the Academy of Architecture, wants to develop as a landscape architect with a specialization in food cycles. With her design practice landscape.collected, she is working on the project 'Bodemlegger' during her development year. In this project, she researches how food culture shapes the landscape. For this purpose, she is conducting talks at an experimental farm with knowledge of soil vitality in relation to crops, with a cook who makes the food landscape edible and with entomologists who are charting the diet of insects and soil life. Subsequently, the design phase starts. In this phase, she is developing a design methodology that results in an installation that gives the public insight into the workings of an ecosystem. In order to strengthen her position in the field, De Jong will receive guidance from various experts and tutors, including Lada Hršak, who will coach her throughout the development year.
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Talent Development Grant Programme

Dasha Tsapenko

2021
Designer Dasha Tsapenko graduated from the Master's programme in Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. In her practice, Tsapenko investigates alternative production processes and designs or redesigns daily routines relating to the body and clothing. Within her holistic way of working, she borrows methods from agriculture, mycology and microbiology and nature systems. In the coming year, the designer will focus on further developing the research project 'Fur_tilize', in which she explores how to grow fur-like garments. Two plant species are central to the project: Trametes Betulina (a type of mushroom) and Cannabis Sativa (industrial hemp). During the year, Tsapenko will work with various scientists, including Professor Han Wösten (head of the microbiology department at Utrecht University), the Textiellab Tilburg or the platform 'Fashion for Good' and felting/tufting specialist Olga Mys. The result comes together in a collection of garments that will be presented during Fashion Clash Festival and DDW 2022.
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Talent Development Grant Programme

Attic Lab

2021
Olfactory designer and perfumer Renske van Vroonhoven is self-taught and was scouted during the Scout Night Eindhoven. With her interdisciplinary practice, she aims to design comprehensive experiences, focusing on the senses of touch, taste and especially smell – the so-called lower senses – to bring people into an experience in an inclusive way. Van Vroonhoven stands for openness and wants to share her knowledge and skills with other artists, designers and students. She works together with commercial as well as artistic and scientific partners. In 2018, she launched her label Attic Lab. She is involved in the open-source Scent Lab and the Memory Bar collaboration. She is also a guest lecturer at the KABK in The Hague and ArtEZ in Arnhem. During the development year, Van Vroonhoven will focus on the relationship between smell and memories. She is immersing herself (theoretically and practically) in the meaning of smell as a design medium and experimenting with new techniques. In addition, the applicant is exploring the role of smell in exhibitions and expanding her involvement in art education. She is currently participating in Tussen Kunst & Skills, a mentoring programme focusing on entrepreneurship.
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