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29 projects selected in Design round 2 – 2021

29 projects selected in Design round 2 – 2021

15 July 2021

In the second Design round of 2021, 29 proposals have been selected. Coordinator Eva Roolker reflects on the round.
general impression
All the positively assessed applications received grants in this round. Almost half the applications concerned a starting grant. The selection was made from a wide range of projects: ranging from physical and online exhibitions to publications, films and documentaries, objects and dishes. The projects often focus on current themes.

diversity and inclusion
A current theme that plays a role in many applications is diversity and inclusion. Three projects in which the theme is approached differently are '100 Opheto', 'Beeldbank' and 'De ambassade van de Noordzee bouwt het Audement'.

100 Opheto – Wintertuin Curaçao
'100 Opheto' tells the story of Curaçao's history through the narrative of 100 evocative objects, with the aim of bringing cultural heritage to life and providing connection in a time of division, inequality and uncertainty. Central to this project is the question of how the connecting power of design, storytelling and heritage can be utilized to look with confidence to the collective future of Curaçaoans. The objects and their underlying stories will be presented in the form of a podcast, a digital collection and a book, and possibly at a physical location during Dutch Design Week 2021.

Beeldkracht – DRIFT
In this project, illustrator and researcher at DRIFT Maria Fraaije focuses on the visual discourse concerning the energy transition. She describes the visual language used as exclusionary with optimistic, stylized photos and infographics of technology and often only white, male figures. According to Maria Fraaije, this is at odds with the inclusive goals of the transition: everyone must participate to save us from climate change. With an online image bank of open-access illustrations, she aims to paint a more human and inclusive picture of the energy transition, to allow more people to feel involved in this task.

De Ambassade van de Noordzee bouwt het Audement – Stichting Partizan Publik
The Ambassade van de Noordzee's mission is to listen to the sea and to recognize the North Sea as a political player in its own right. Together with a scenographer, architects, an anthropologist and a lawyer, De Ambassade is building 'Het Audement', a new political space where listening is central and where non-people are heard.
Beeldkracht – DRIFT

Other notable projects in this round include:

Adaptable Auxetics – Fillip Studios
Fillip Studios researches and develops unique randomly generated 2D virtual auxetic structures by using 3D printing to physically make and deform them in a spatial installation. With the help of a starting grant, an exploratory feasibility study was carried out into the possibilities, design potential and technical feasibility of these structures, which do not shrink over the width when stretched lengthwise, but in fact also stretch in the width. The envisaged installation will be exhibited at various locations, combined with meetings with professionals in order to further develop the application possibilities of the technology.

Stitch Your Brain – Jap Sam Books
Publisher Jap Sam Books is working with designer/visual artist Monika Auch and graphic design studio Joost Grootens on an English-language publication resulting from the 'Stitch Your Brain Project', a long-term, international, empirical and visual research project at the interface of textile design and science. The project interweaves the workings of the brain with the workings of the hands and the craft of making. How does using digital tools instead of making by hand and having contact with materials affect our creativity, well-being, health and self-esteem?

The Miracle – Keplerfilm
The short animated film 'The Miracle' by Nina Deutz is about a woman with an unfulfilled desire for children. The film tells the story of Irma, a 40-year-old woman who spends her holiday at an all-inclusive resort that turns out to be aimed mainly at young families. Surrounded by pregnant women and couples with children, unexpected and double feelings about motherhood intrude. The Miracle is realized in the unique combination of 2D and stop-motion animation techniques used by Deutz.

Stitch Your Brain – Jap Sam Books

Click here for all the projects selected in Design round 2 – 2021

Of the 69 subsidy applications taken into consideration, 29 are receiving grants. This brings the percentage of applications receiving grants to 42%. The deadline for the third Design round in 2021 is 11 August. The next deadline after that is 29 September 2021.
Please note: in the week commencing 26 July, the online application environment will not be available due to maintenance work.

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Open Call Fresh Perspectives #6

16 September 2021

The Fund invites mid-career makers and designers from the creative industries to submit a proposal, together with a collaboration partner, which focuses on tackling a current social issue. By means of the Fresh Perspectives Open Call, the Fund aims to encourage designers with a good concept to enter into a collaboration with a renowned company, organization or knowledge institution. Submission is possible until Wednesday 27 October 2021.
The aim of this open call is to bring together designers and parties with a solid social or knowledge position. The Fund is challenging these parties to utilize this collaboration to achieve innovative, surprising solutions for today's design challenges.

Depending on the task, the results of the collaboration may assume a diversity of forms: a product, intervention or service, for instance. It is possible to work together with international partners. However, the applicant must be based in the Netherlands and there must be a predominantly Dutch interest in the project.

Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 270,000 available for this Open Call. The maximum contribution per project is € 45,000. Please note that this amount is granted in three phases.

The open call has three phases:

Phase 1: start-up phase – formalization of collaboration(s), funding, planning and research framework (3 to maximum 6 months). A maximum sum of € 10,000 per proposal is available for this phase. For the application for this phase, you describe the activities that contribute to focusing the content and organizational side of the project. In the initial phase, the partnership is perpetuated and substantive and financial support for the project in phase 2 is secured. The start-up phase is also there to conduct preliminary research, draw up collaboration agreements and possibly work out a first proof of concept.
Phase 2: implementation phase – further development and implementation of the project (maximum 2 years). A maximum sum of € 30,000 per proposal is available for this phase.
Phase 3: impact/presentation phase – possibility of additional funding to enhance the impact of the project outside the realm of the creative industries (maximum 6 months). A maximum sum of € 5,000 per proposal is available for this phase.

The application for phase 1 can be submitted until 27 October 2021.
Read more about this open call and how to submit it here.

Third update Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration

16 September 2021

The new round for applications for the Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration opened on 6 September 2021. The 29 proposals that were recently selected are good examples of what this programme aims to achieve and the types of projects that are eligible for support. Coordinator Roxanne Minten looks back at some of the projects that were selected in this recent round.
The Creative Industries Fund NL supports projects that contribute to the development, positioning and strengthening of the Dutch creative industry's international position. In the last round, 29 projects were supported; together with the 18 projects we previously published, a total of 47 projects were supported in this continuous round. The three disciplines supported by the fund – design, architecture and digital culture – are represented fairly equally. The themes of the proposals are very diverse: from the effects of climate change on people's personal living environments in the Dutch and German Wadden region to the involvement of residents with urban planning in a district of the French municipality of Villeurbanne, and from a pop-up museum that looks at the current state of democracy, starting in Poland, to an investigation into waste streams created during PET felt processing in Turkey. Particularly noteworthy is the focus on the inclusion and representation of women in the following two projects:

Database of women not wearing bikinis – Bente de Bruin and Monica Alcazar-Duarte
Photographer Monica Alcazar-Duarte (Mexico/United Kingdom) and data and code programmer Bente de Bruin use a video installation to show the impact of biased search engines and social media algorithms on the Mexican portrayal of women. The installation will consist of responsive portraits and an AR app that shows both the bias of the current algorithms as well as an alternative crowd-sourced database that contributes to a more positive image of Mexican women. The installation will also show a code-generated film. The installation will be presented in March 2022 at the biennial for contemporary photography in Mannheim, Germany.
Database of women not wearing bikinis – Bente de Bruin and Monica Alcazar-Duarte

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), (association for Net Art and Network Culture in Austria), and the Serendipity Arts foundation from New Delhi, India.

Dhvāni – Budhaditya

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.


26 Oct: Online Get a Grant event

16 September 2021

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. Sign up and participate on 26 October 2021 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the online event.
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 two recipients of the grant will talk about their experiences in submitting an application and answer questions from the public. Afterwards you can ask the speakers specific questions.

date: 26 October 2021
time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
registration: Sign up here.
language: English

moderator: Femke Dekker (curator, moderator, (radio) DJ and teacher on art academies)
speakers: tbc
fund employees: tbc

get a grant events
Since 2015, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund have jointly organized joint Get a Grant events. 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 covid. Read a summary of one of the last Get a Grant Events here.

Talent Development Grant Programme
The Talent Development Grant Programme of the Creative Industries Fund NL 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.

Fund takes measures due to the coronavirus

15 September 2021

Last update
The COVID-19 crisis is affecting and disrupting society as a whole, and its consequences will be felt worldwide for a long time to come. The aim of the Fund is to contribute to reducing the impact on the Dutch design sector.

The paragraphs below set out all the measures being taken by the Fund.

second support package 2021
Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) Ingrid van Engelshoven has made an additional one-off amount of over € 10 million available to the Creative Industries Fund NL as part of the second support package for the cultural and creative sector. The aim of this support package is to maintain the vital chain components in the Dutch cultural infrastructure, in order to preserve the unique Dutch artistic product and to guarantee employment in the cultural and creative sector.
The Fund will offer additional support in this form in 2021:

Additional support grant scheme
As 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 Vouchers
On 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 talent
In 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

first support package 2020
In 2020 the fund offered additional support in this form:

Regulation for additional support for multi-year subsidized institutions Creative Industries Fund NL covid-19
On 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.

almost € 2 million extra for makers
In addition to the support for institutions, within the amount that the Fund receives from the € 300 million, an amount of almost € 2 million is available, specifically intended for makers.

The Fund uses these additional resources for makers as follows:

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.

general support measures for makers, institutions and festivals that have already been supported
The Fund is lenient with regard to projects that were supported before April 2020 that are affected by the consequences of the corona virus. This means that postponement (up to and including 2021), adjustment, postponement or discontinuation of the project is in principle accepted. This also applies to the reimbursement of eligible costs if the project can no longer be carried out.

The following applies:
• If your event or project has been canceled or rescheduled, please email your contact person at the Fund.
• If you receive an automatically generated message from the Fund about final reporting, but your event or project has been canceled or rescheduled, please email your contact person.
• You do not need to contact the Fund if you are in doubt whether your event or project will go ahead or not. Only in case of final cancellation or rescheduling, you email your contact person.

Fund accessibility
• The secretariat can be reached by telephone and can put you in contact with the right colleague, but as a rule it is more convenient to mail your contact person directly.
• The closing dates are unchanged and can be found in the information on grants on the website.
• Specific questions about the procedure, budget and/or project plan can be sent via email to one of the grants officers. First check if you can find the answer to your question in the Frequently Asked Questions.
• The committee meetings will continue as planned, but will mostly take place in the form of a video conference.
• All the Fund's information sessions, workshops and events on location have been postponed.
• The processing time of an application remains unchanged. You will receive an e-mail informing you of the decision 10 weeks after the closing date of the grant programme. Please note that your project may not start before you have received the result.


51 Talent Development Grants awarded

2 September 2021

Every year, the Creative Industries Fund NL provides emerging design talent with the necessary support to focus on their artistic and professional growth. The selection committee recently decided which 51 candidates would be awarded grants in 2022.
During the second round, the Selection Committee assessed 81 development plans following a pre-selection round consisting of 190 portfolios submitted during the first round of the Talent Development Grant Programme and four Scout Nights, during which 45 young makers presented themselves to a jury. The Committee, consisting of Angelique Spaninks (chairperson), Paul Amoksi, Paulien Bremmer, Aiman Hassani, Lotte van Laatum, Harriët Mbonjani, Hellen van Rees, Tim Terpstra and Simone Trum, subsequently selected 51 plans. Thirteen of these plans passed the selection procedure via the Scout Nights. The selected candidates will each receive a grant of € 25,000 euros with which to further develop their artistic practice in the coming year, both artistically and professionally. As part of the assessment, the Committee considered the development plan's quality of purpose and design, environmental awareness and the positioning of the practice within its particular discipline and social context, development potential and, finally, the extent to which the development plan and proposed activities can contribute to the development of a distinctive and meaningful practice within the creative industry.

general impression
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.

disciplinary spread
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.


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