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12 talents selected in Open Call Scout Nights

12 talents selected in Open Call Scout Nights

23 April 2020

During four online scout nights in early April, 40 young makers pitched their work to qualify for a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL. Twelve of them were selected for the next round: each one of them makers with great potential and the ambition to let a different sound be heard in the cultural sector and beyond.
This year, four scouts appointed for Talent Development managed to reach a large number of makers who have largely developed their own skills in their profession. The scouts were each linked to a city: Marian Duff scouted in Amsterdam, Meryem Slimani in Rotterdam, Jess Oberlin in Eindhoven and Saïd Belhadj in Utrecht. The Fund received 83 registrations for the scout nights. After selection, 40 makers were given the opportunity to pitch themselves and their emerging practices before a jury. Contrary to plan, this could not be done on location in the four different cities due to the COVID-19 restrictions. So instead, the 40 makers had short conversations with the jury members online. Twelve makers were selected for the next round and receive a grant of € 1,000 to draw up a development plan for the coming year. They will use this plan to apply for a working grant in the second round of the Talent Development Grant Programme.

The work of the makers who signed up for the scout nights shows a great thematic diversity. Many of them do not recognize themselves at all, or only to a very limited extent, in the stories with which professional colleagues reach the media and which are generally told in the cultural sector. They observe a lack of diversity and are making it their aim to change this. In their work they focus, for example, on the (post)colonial (slavery) past of the Netherlands and the migration histories of different generations. The variety is striking: from the native inhabitants of South America to stories related to Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Indonesia, Aruba, Suriname and Curaçao. Another important theme is gender and sexual inclusiveness. A few applicants explicitly focus on the LGBTQIA+ and queer communities. Interestingly enough, many makers choose traditional media such as fashion, illustration or photography to give form to their story.

Grants officer Talent Development Sharvin Ramjan: 'It's very important that we, as Fund, reach this group of makers as well. They are much less visible in the cultural sector, but let a different sound be heard than the established order, and know how to bring other kinds of topical themes to the attention with their work.'
The online Scout Night Eindhoven

The twelve makers who were selected during the four scout nights are: Jasper van Es (graffiti, curator), Bo Stokkermans (interdisciplinary), Ramla Malya (fashion), Khalid Amakran (photography, interdisciplinary), Inez Naomi Correa Alves (fashion), ILLM (typography, graphic), Studio Frances Ro (storytelling), Rikkert Paauw (spatial, interdisciplinary), Bird.Guy (illustration, graphic), JeanPaul Paula (photography, storytelling), Ali Esmali (virtual reality) and Fana Richters (interdisciplinary, fashion).

Each scout night had its own jury. The jury members for Amsterdam were: Clayde Menso (director Amerpodia), Harriët Mbonjani (programme developer Eye Filmmuseum) and Angelique Hoorn (director Angelique Hoorn Management). For Rotterdam, the jury consisted of: Cye Wong-Loi Sing (senior developer Brand New Guys), Shehera Grot (curator Kunsthal) and Yassine Salihine (designer). In Eindhoven, Harm Rensink (designer and creative director New Order of Fashion), Pernilla Ellens (curator) and Tim Terpstra (director The Grey Space in the Middle) formed the jury. And in Utrecht, the jury consisted of: Ryan Oduber (designer and director Smaller World Bigger Eyes Media), Ramon Goedvree (co-founder and co-owner Kapitaal) and Lotte van Laatum (designer).

The juries were impressed by the quality of the applications. They observe that there are many practices that are not (yet) sufficiently recognized by the funds. In the selected applicants, they see a new generation of makers who have independently been able to develop a distinctive and relevant portfolio. They recognize in the makers significant potential for artistic development and look forward to seeing their further plans.

The juries note that a number of practices focus more on commercial or professional development. They also note that some applicants find it difficult to interpret and place their own practice within the cultural design field. For example, in many cases they see a lack of tangible research questions that will contribute to further artistic and substantive deepening or a vision on their own practice as a maker. Although they do not find this strange and see it more often in novice makers, they think it is important that this aspect receives an impetus. In general, the juries advise the participants to develop their portfolios further, in particular to create new work, and to keep questioning themselves critically.

The development plans will be evaluated in the second round on 7 and 8 July by the advisory committee of the Talent Development Grant Programme, together with the plans from makers selected in the first round as part of the regular procedure. In the second round, the committee will select a maximum of 35 makers who will receive a talent development grant of € 24,000 from the Fund.

The Creative Industries Fund NL issued its first Open Call Scout Nights in 2019. The scout nights are specifically intended for designers and makers who have not followed or completed regular art education. In this way, the Fund enables designers and makers from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds to develop further artistically and professionalize their design practice. In 2019 two scout nights were held, in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The number has been increased to four this year; besides Rotterdam and Amsterdam there were also scout nights in Utrecht and Eindhoven. As a result of the COVID-19 measures, the scout nights had to take place online. The Fund is happy that the evenings were able to take place in an alternative form, although this was unfortunately at the expense of the vibrant and inspiring atmosphere that characterized the scout nights last year.

Photo above: Fana Richters (Airich), JeanPaul Paula and Ali Eslami

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Open Call Building Talent

10 September 2020

The Creative Industries Fund NL is looking for young professionals in the architectural discipline who would like to participate in a collaborative programme with architectural offices. The aim of the Fund is to strengthen the connection of recently graduated architects, urban designers, garden and landscape architects and interior architects with the work field, and to offer room for artistic exchange in the context of current social issues.
By means of this open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL is offering starting designers the opportunity to work with established offices on a topical social theme. The programme involves a three-month work period in 2021, during which the designer will work directly with a senior architect to explore a specific subject in greater depth. There are 12 places available at various offices that work across the full breadth of the architectural discipline.

You can subscribe to one of the following profiles:

Profile 1 • developing sustainable, affordable and usable building techniques (Maathuis / JoustraReid)
Profile 2 • modernization plan for the energy-efficient houses on the Waterwerk in Rotterdam (Linea architecten)
Profile 3 • meaning of materialization, dimensional systems and detail in current and future building culture (Studio VVKH)

Urban design and Spatial planning
Profile 4 • new core values for Amsterdam as a socially sustainable city
(BURA urbanism)
Profile 5 • healthy urbanization (PosadMaxwan)
Profile 6 • 3 challenges for the city of the future (Rademacher de Vries Architecten).

Interior architecture
Profile 7 • working environments of the future (Hollandse Nieuwe)
Profile 8 • redevelopment of Fort Kudelstaart (Serge Schoemaker Architects)

Garden and Landscape Architecture
Profile 9 • research into a robust water system in combination with circular agriculture on the higher sandy soils (H+N+S)
Profile 10 • green housing in the Netherlands and new ecologies based on energy production (Studio Hartzema)

Profile 11 • Maison Circulaire (Jacques & André, Bruno Vermeersch)
Profile 12 • a socially engaged design approach to reduce energy needs in the Mariahoeve neighbourhood (Vanschagen Architecten)

Here you can find more extensive details about the profiles with information about the office and the proposed assignment.

collaboration programme
The programme is designed as a part-time work period of 3 months in the first half of 2021. We expect a weekly commitment from both the young professional and the office, so that a research project can be started or experiments can be carried out in a constructive and substantive way. During the entire work period, the upcoming talent will be supervised by a senior designer at the office for at least one day a week, and will also be provided with a physical work station. For this period, the architectural talent will receive a grant of € 5,200, based on two days a week for a period of three months.

The precise content and start of the collaboration programme can be agreed in consultation with the architectural office, after selection by the Fund, and recorded in a collaboration agreement. In addition, we expect the limitations of the COVID-19 measures to be taken into account in the design and implementation of the programme.

Designers can respond until Wednesday 28 October 2020.
Read more about the open call here.

Creative Industries Fund NL presents new talent in Talent Tours

10 September 2020

Every year, emerging design talents active in the fields of design, architecture and digital culture are given the opportunity to develop themselves optimally in artistic and professional terms, thanks to a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL. The 2020 crop of talents has now been visualized in one-minute film portraits. These portraits can be seen from 18 September to 22 November in the 'Talent Tours' exhibition at MU, Strijp-S Eindhoven.
Talent Tours provides insight into the thinking and practice of 39 emerging design talents, each of whom is concerned with topical social themes. What are their motives, their doubts and ambitions, and what values do they put first in their work? Angelique Spaninks, chair of the Talent Development grant programme advisory committee: 'Talent does not live in a vacuum; it relates to the world, allows itself to be inspired and rebels, finds its own focus and knows how to translate and express it. This is the only way to make a professional contribution to the field, and for a young maker to create a meaningful position for themselves in the work field.'

Social designer and bio-artist Kuang-Yi Ku, for example, outlines oppressive future scenarios in which he confronts the public with the question of what is still acceptable when it comes to the influence of medical science on our lives. Marwan Magroun made a photo series and film in which he wants to refute the stigma that rests on fathers with a migrant background. And Milou Voorwinden is conducting research into 3D weaving: a technique that can bring about a considerable increase in sustainability in the fashion industry.

Talent Tours presents
Alvin Arthur, Anna Fink, Arvand Pourabbasi, Chiara Dorbolò, Cream on Chrome, Gilles de Brock, Giorgio Toppin, Jing He, Juliette Lizotte, Kasia Nowak, Kuang-Yi Ku, Lieselot Elzinga, Marco Federico Cagnoni, Mark Henning, Marwan Magroun, Maxime Benvenuto, Millonaliu, Milou Voorwinden, Minji Choi, Mirte van Laarhoven, Nadine Botha, Nastia Cistakova, Nikola Knezevic, Ottonie von Roeder, paradyme, Post Neon, Rosita Kær, Sae Honda, Saïd Kinos, Seokyung Kim, Sissel Marie Tonn, Suk Go, Telemagic, Tereza Ruller, Thor ter Kulve, Tijs Gilde, Tomo Kihara, Ward Goes en Yavez Anthonio.

practical information exhibition
Title: Talent Tours. Presentation of talent by the Creative Industries Fund NL
Date: 18 September to 22 November 2020
Times: Monday-Friday 10.00-18.00, Saturday 11.00-17.00, and Sunday 13.00-17.00.
Location: MU, Torenallee 40-06 (Strijp-S) 5617 BD Eindhoven

events during Dutch Design Week
During Dutch Design Week, the exhibition will be given an extra layer: the talents will present themselves to the public in an unexpected way. The programme, which includes performances, lectures, workshops and talks, will follow shortly.

Platform Talent
Besides at MU, the 39 film portraits can also be seen on Talent Platform. This online platform provides an overview of all the talents who have been supported by the Talent Development Grant Programme since 2013. The platform can be followed at

Online Get a Grant event

9 September 2020

When can you apply for a grant, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? The Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund are jointly organizing an online information session on grant possibilities for artists and designers who have already graduated or are close to graduation. Register and participate in the online interview at the beginning of October. Details will be announced as soon as possible.
The Get a Grant Event gives an overview of what the Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund can offer young creative professionals. Are you looking for funding for your project or practice? Staff from the two funds will tell you about the subsidy possibilities. In addition the granted artist Maaike Knibbe and granted illustrator Kalle Wolters of Studio Knetterijs will talk about their experiences in submitting an application and answer questions from the public. Afterwards you can ask the speakers specific questions.

Due to the measures surrounding the corona pandemic, this edition is organized online. The employees of both funds, the speakers and the moderator will be together in one place for an interview.

get a grant events
Since 2015, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund have jointly organized three to four joint Get a Grant events a year. Meetings to inform (just) starting artists and designers, students and alumni about the subsidy possibilities of both funds.

This meeting is organized online due to measures around corona.

date: will be announced soon
registration: link will follow soon
session language: English
participation: free

During Get a Grant Amsterdam this January Teodora Stojković (TeYosh) told the audience more about applying for the Talentdevelopment grant.

35 Talent Development grants awarded

9 September 2020

Every year, the Creative Industries Fund NL offers emerging design talent the free space to focus on artistic and professional growth. The 2021 group was recently determined by the selection committee. There were 35 grants available.
After a pre-selection from 198 portfolios in the first round of the Talent Development grant programme, and four scout nights during which 40 young makers presented themselves to a jury, the selection committee evaluated 59 development plans in the second round. The committee, consisting of Angelique Spaninks (chair), Paulien Bremmer, Lotte van Laatum, Harriët Mbonjani, Hellen van Rees, Yassine Salihine, Tim Terpstra, Simone Trum, Gerben Willers and Tim Prins, selected 35 plans from this group. These applicants will each receive € 24,000 and, as a result, will have the opportunity to develop their artistic practice further in the coming year, both artistically and professionally. In the evaluation, the committee paid attention to the artistic quality of the development plan, the plans for professionalization and presentation, and finally the development potential of the applicants.

general impression
The submitted proposals showed a wide diversity in disciplines, topics and themes. In addition, a number of common themes could be distinguished in the plans. Many applicants question (social) structures and systems, such as economy, democracy and migration, and identity, sexuality and inclusiveness are also recurring themes, as is the relationship between public and private and our dealings with nature. Applicants are also regularly engaged in the investigation of sensory experiences, with technology, machine learning and data, while many people concentrate on material research, and the revaluation of crafts and local focus is also common.

Although it is positive that young makers are taking up topical social challenges, the committee stresses the importance of relating to this carefully as a designer or maker and ensuring that major terms such as sustainability, circularity, inclusiveness, diversity and multiperspectivity do not become umbrella terms and are therefore not sufficiently explained and covered. If a designer or maker is engaged in one of these areas, it is also important, for example, that their involvement in the theme is reflected in their own working methods, and that their own position, collaboration partners and the public are looked at critically.

The advisory committee has opted for applicants who have shown that they are ambitious, and at the same time have a realistic picture of what they can achieve in a year. The committee also appreciates applicants who are looking outside their own network for new collaborations and opportunities. The committee expects the selected makers to continue to work on their artistic and professional development in their own unique way in the coming year. The following 35 designers and makers have been selected:

Lesia Topolnyk
Jean-François Gauthier
JeanPaul Paula
Wesley Mapes
Luuc Sonke
Sophia Bulgakova
Stefano Murgia
Sydney Rahimtoola
Frances Rompas
Andrius Arutiunian
Thom Bindels
Gabriel Fontana
Renee Mes
Irakli Sabekia
Asefeh Tayebani
Louis Braddock Clarke
Khalid Amakran
Cleo Tsw
Moriz Oberberger
Sherida Kuffour
Vera van de Seyp
Funs Janssen
Josse Pyl
Fransje Gimbrere
Fana Richters
Don Kwaning
Philipp Kolmann
Audrey Large
Mirjam Debet
Marlou Breuls
Bodil Ouedraogo
Inez Naomi
Johanna Seelemann
Seok-hyeon Yoon

diversity and inclusiveness
Within the Talent Development grant programme, applications are submitted by an extremely diverse group of designers and makers. Approximately half of those selected in this round have the Dutch nationality. Of the other half, many applicants came to the Netherlands for their studies and then built up their own practice here. Due to the relatively large number of non-Dutch applicants, influences from non-Western cultures are visible in a number of portfolios. In recent years, the Fund has also made extra efforts to reach and support talented applicants with a bicultural identity, migration background and/or who have been trained outside art education. These groups are often less able to find their way to the Fund, even though they sustain relevant practices. From the Research & Remix project, in which four young, talented makers were given the opportunity by the Fund to work on a new work under the supervision of Metro54, there has been a transfer to the Talent Development grant programme. Like last year, the Fund also organized scout nights in collaboration with Marian Duff, Meryem Slimani, Jess Oberlin and Saïd Belhadj. In this way, we are able to appeal to a culturally diverse group with different experiences and backgrounds and to activate them.

discipline distribution
The 35 positively evaluated applications can be categorized into the following sub-disciplines, although many practices transcend the boundaries of these disciplines:

• 1 grant awarded per sub-discipline: illustration, interaction design, textiles, typography, digital storytelling, landscape architecture, interior design and urban design
• 2 grants awarded per sub-discipline: animation, bio design, scenography and art-science
• 3 grants awarded per sub-discipline: product design and audiovisual
• 4 grants awarded per sub-discipline: fashion and social design
• 5 grants awarded per sub-discipline: graphic design

In recent years, the Fund has made an effort to also reach emerging design talent from the architectural discipline, because the number of applications within the Talent Development grant programme from this discipline is lagging behind. This time, three grants were awarded within this discipline. In order to strengthen the link with the field of architecture and in particular to give starting architects, urban designers, garden and landscape architects and interior architects the opportunity to develop their talent, the Fund has taken the initiative for the Open Call Building Talent. This open call gives them the opportunity to work with established bureaus on a current social issue. The deadline for the Open Call Building Talent is Wednesday 28 October 2020.

The talent development grant can be applied for once a year. The closing date for next year is expected to be known at the end of 2020. Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for the date.


First projects selected Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration

9 September 2020

The Fund works since 15 July 2020 with a Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration (TPIS) to support project applications that focus on international collaboration. This procedure is open to applications as an alternative to the Internationalization grant programme and the Vouchers procedure for Presentations Abroad put on hold by the Fund because of COVID-19.
By means of this accessible procedure, the Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting projects that provide a substantive contribution to the development, profiling and reinforcement of the international position of the contemporary Dutch creative industry. The project application focuses on new forms of international collaboration in response to a specific question or assignment abroad. The applicant is a Dutch design party working with one or more international partners.Applications are processed in order of receipt.

So far, 20 project applications have been received. Submitted proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:
1. Artistic quality of the project and maker;
2. Planned approach and the degree to which the proposal is realistic;
3. Tenor of the collaboration and sustainable relationship; and
4. Relevance of the project for the Dutch creative industry.

The first selected projects are: with Q&Q (Qliza)
serVies with Smogware
affect lab with The Neighbours' Gaze
Richard Vijgen with Worlds of Networks | Centre Pompidou | Wifi Tapestry
Jason Hansma with Soft Cuts
WE MAKE CARPETS with Barn Raising (photo above)
Richard Vijgen with Worlds of Networks | Centre Pompidou | Wifi Tapestry

Within the implementation of a project, new or existing collaborations may be supported up to a maximum of € 20,000. The grant can be used for hours spent on desk research and online calls/meetings and the development costs of a non-physical result such as a video, publication, online workshop and website, but also for the development costs of a physical result such as a presentation or installation. Costs of travel and accommodation can only be applied for if there is a positive travel advice for the country (green or yellow) from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time of application. A maximum of € 1,500 of the requested subsidy amount can be reserved for travel and accommodation costs.

Decision-making will take place within 6 weeks of submission.

affect lab with The Neighbours' Gaze

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