Variable Type as object – Studio Charlotte Rohde
Charlotte Rohde and Vera van de Seyp bring a new perspective to Dutch and German typography and type design with the help of emerging technologies such as variable type and creative coding. The designers feel that women are underrepresented in the type design and coding fields. For this reason, the project will be carried out from a feminist perspective and will make a critical statement about Dutch and German typography and type design. The results will be presented in Berlin.
The following three projects give an idea of the wide range of themes covered:
Peace by Design – MUST Stedebouw
The design agency MUST has been invited by the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York to collaborate with them on one of the elements of the 'Designing Peace' exhibition. This exhibition brings together designs from around the world to show how designers work with communities, individuals and NGOs to create lasting peace. MUST will contribute to this project with Startblok Elzenhagen, a temporary housing project in Amsterdam Noord, initiated by housing associations De Key and Eigen Haard in close collaboration with the design agency. In Startblok Elzenhagen, young Dutch people live together with young 'status holders' (refugees granted a residence permit). It provides affordable housing for young people looking for somewhere to live in the city, who are socially engaged and who would like to actively contribute to a better, healthier and safer living environment.
The Dutch designer Adrianus Kundert has teamed up with the Canadian designer Jamie Wolfond to establish an online platform on Instagram about basket weaving (also known as basketry). The goal is to create new opportunities for Dutch designers through the exchange of knowledge about basket weaving, and to help them link up with international makers. This year the team aims to increase the platform's impact by developing their own website and building a network with the makers involved. The first part of this project consists of a concept and research phase, during which Kundert and Wolfond will meet the relevant people online. They will then set up a network and draw up a plan. The second part will focus on the further development of the concept into a website.
Dhvāni – Budhaditya
In his project 'Dhvāni' – meaning resonance in Sanskrit - Budhaditya Chattopadhyay focuses on sonic rituals and pre-modern listening methodologies. He aims to do this through a series of self-regulating and autonomous media art works consisting of traditional and ritual objects from South Asia, such as temple bells, a Buddhist gong, a wind chime and ghungroos. For this installation Budhaditya uses Machine Learning models. The resulting algorithm will, with datasets of temple bell sounds and the presence of the public, serve as conductor of the experience produced by the installation. Budhaditya collaborates with various parties: Rewire Festival (Netherlands), Mur.at (association for Net Art and Network Culture in Austria), and the Serendipity Arts foundation from New Delhi, India.
You can view the entire selection here.
budget current round
The available budget for the Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration is € 325,000 until 5 November 2021. If a positive recommendation before 5 November 2021 means that the subsidy limit of € 325,000 is exceeded, the Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration will end immediately and any proposals submitted following the project that led to the subsidy limit being exceeded will not be processed.
Projects that are eligible for the Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration should focus on new forms of international collaboration in response to a specific international request or assignment. The applicant should be a Dutch design party who collaborates with one or more international partners. The maximum duration of a project is six months. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.
Additional support grant schemeAs part of the second support package for the cultural and creative sector, the Creative Industries Fund NL has been able to draw up the Additional support for multi-year subsidized institutions Creative Industries Fund NL COVID-19 II Grant Scheme (RAOCCC-SCI-II). This grant offers an additional subsidy to the institutions supported by the Fund for several years and/or a bridging grant to those institutions that have seen their application rejected, but whose plan has been positively assessed.
Spatial Design VouchersOn 1 April 2021, the Fund will start a voucher scheme for local authorities and semi-public organizations, which will enable them to grant a clearly defined design-research commission to a designer, collective or coalition, within certain thematic lines that link up with the National Environment Vision (NOVI). One condition is that the accumulated knowledge must be made available to the public as much as possible. Some € 5 million will be available for this scheme in 2021. With this grant we aim to counteract the decline in assignments for designers and at the same time create new sustainable forms of collaboration.
Building talentIn 2021, the Fund will also create at least 100 places under the Building Talent Grant Scheme for young professionals in the design disciplines who want to participate in a collaborative project with experienced design firms. With an additional investment of almost € 2 million, the Fund aims to strengthen the connection between recent graduates and the professional field.
Increase in subsidy budgets Design, Architecture, Digital culture, Talent development and Immerse\Interact with a total of € 1.2 million
Regulation for additional support for multi-year subsidized institutions Creative Industries Fund NL covid-19On April 15, the cabinet made an extra € 300 million available for the cultural sector. This support helps cultural institutions vital to the sector through the financially tough first months of the corona crisis. By supporting these crucial cultural organizations now, they can ensure that the flow of assignments, also towards the self-employed, gets going again after the crisis. The extra funds will be used, among other things, to increase the subsidies for institutions that are now supported for several years by the Creative Industries Fund NL. To this end, the Regulation for additional support for multi-year subsidized institutions Creative Industries Fund NL covid-19 has been set up. The additional subsidies that are provided under this grant scheme are determined ex officio - without an application - on the basis of a calculation of a percentage of the lost public income. You can find an overview of the subsidies provided here.
Increase in subsidy budgets Design, Architecture and Digital culture 2020;
To issue an open call aimed at the development of professional practice and cultural entrepreneurship in times of (post) covid (autumn 2020). View the selection here.
Issuing an open call aimed at talent development within the architecture disciplines. View the selection here.
A follow-up to Researching Remix, the Open Call Research, Act & Reflect. View the selection here.
The Talent Development Grant Programme is invariably characterised by many different themes, approaches and methodologies. This year's noteworthy new trends are: the focus on the non-human perspective in relation to sustainability issues, climate and ecology; the energy transition and green energy in relation to landscapes, production, climate and ecology; industrial by-products, waste or 'dead stock' in relation to circularity and sustainability; issues around social justice; cultural heritage, archaeology and ethnographic or anthropological research to uncover personal histories and to link these stories to wider societal trends, and an intersectional approach to issues in connection with gender, migration histories, feminism, discrimination, racism, decolonial thinking, inclusion and displacement.
One notable development is the emergence of film as medium. Makers focusing on this medium frequently look for cooperation opportunities with film festivals such as IDFA and IFFR and foreign film festivals for short and documentaries. In terms of content they tend to concentrate on storytelling and on giving a platform to the voices of the unheard and marginalised. In contrast to previous years, this year has seen an unusually large number of applications from typographers, i.e. four in total. There is a lot going on within this discipline, also with regard to the above-mentioned themes.
The following 51 designers and makers were selected:
Hélène Christelle Munganyende (Munganyendewrites) (photo above)
David Schmidt (Site Practice)
Luis Ferreira (Schuur Creations)
The 51 applications with a positive assessment can be categorised according to the following subdisciplines, although many of them cover a range of disciplines:
• 1 award per subdiscipline: ceramics, graphic novel, scenography, textile design, urban planning, animation, coding and hacking
• 2 awards per subdiscipline: bio design, product design, information design, landscape design, performance
• 3 awards per subdiscipline: graphic design and architecture
• 4 awards per subdiscipline: social design, typography and art science
• 5 awards per subdiscipline: fashion, audio-visual and digital storytelling
For many designers, the Talent Development Grant Programme is their first introduction to the Creative Industries Fund NL. The Fund therefore strives to raise awareness of the programme and the opportunities it offers to talented individuals. In recent years, the Fund has also made a special effort to reach talented applicants who don't have an official design qualification through its Scout Nights. The Creative Industries Fund NL is able to stay up-to-date with developments taking place outside of the discourse of well-known design courses through these Scout Nights, as a way of expanding its perspective on what design is or could be.
The Talent Development Grant Programme is open for applications once a year. The closing date for next year will be announced towards the end of 2021. Please keep an eye on our website and newsletter.