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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.
Symphony of the Unheard – (A)WAKE
In (A)WAKE's annual programme, the organization will develop into a cultural institution representing the new voices of the Middle East and North Africa and its diaspora. Local communities and the universal discourse can come together here and representation, self-awareness and support are central. To achieve an equal exchange in intellect, resources and network between the Middle East and North Africa and the West, the emancipatory potential of the digital world is being explored. (A)WAKE aims to make the domain of digital culture its own by experimenting and building on representation and infrastructure. It also wants to present counter-narratives to European/American-centric ideas. In this way, (A)WAKE aims to contribute to the decolonization of design and build a long-term residency programme that contributes to professionalization, talent development and infrastructure.
DSGN-IN: Design criticism from grassroots and decolonial perspectives – New Urban collective / The Black Archives
'DSGN-IN: Design criticism from grassroots and decolonial perspectives' is an open call where designers are invited to develop innovative design critiques and methodologies from a decolonial and intersectional perspective. By scrutinizing the reproduction of social inequality, The Black Archives aims to stimulate progressive social change. The DSGN-IN project consists of two parts. The first part concerns the exhibition 'Facing Blackness', in which three selected designers carry out design research into colonial representation, based on the hidden history of the anti-Zwarte Piet and anti-racism movement. Based on the research, the designers will create new work and organize an exhibition at The Black Archives in Amsterdam Oost. The second part, 'Bijlmer Dossier', focuses on the area development and gentrification of Amsterdam Zuidoost. Three designers are invited to conduct design research into the mechanisms of exclusion within area development in Amsterdam Zuidoost and to develop alternative perspectives on the basis of this research. The results of this process will be brought together in a memorandum. During the research period, six designers will be supported by artistic adviser Serana Angelista and spatial adviser Wouter Pocornie (26H).
Teaching Design CONVERSATIONS continued ... – Teaching Design
In the project 'Teaching Design CONVERSATIONS continued ...', Judith Leijdekkers and Lisa Baumgarten research the role of design education in the reproduction of discriminatory structures such as sexism, racism and classism. Through a series of interviews with teachers, students and alumni, Leijdekkers and Baumgarten examine how and to what extent oppressive structures influence design education. During this research, they are initially focusing on Dutch design education. In addition, they will seek out observations and experiences of individuals who are themselves searching, or working on alternative structures and narratives. The study can be seen as a first step in a long-term research project, with the aim of eventually achieving a collective new approach to design education. The 28 conversations will be deepened and shared through a digital platform.
Ultimately 13 of the 39 subsidy applications considered received a positive evaluation. Because of the limited budget of € 440,000, priorities had to be set and the selection was reduced to 5. This brings the percentage of applications receiving grants to 13%. The budget for this open call originated from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science's COVID-19 support measures.