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Looking back at African Crossroads in Marrakech
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Looking back at African Crossroads in Marrakech

27 March 2019

Last December, the first edition of a pan-African creative industry summit called 'African Crossroads' took place in Marrakech. The aim of this Hivos initiative was to reflect on the future movements of the African continent and it was organized with, for and by the African (and diasporic) scene in the arts, culture and creative industries. Hivos and the Creative Industries Fund NL entered into a partnership for this purpose. The international teams that worked on projects in Egypt and Morocco – in response to the first series of internationalization open calls – were invited to organize an installation or talk during the summit, to provide further depth to their ongoing projects on inclusive societies. Journalist Willemijn de Koning, who is based in Morocco, has written an impression.
Among the 100 African makers, designers, curators and other entrepreneurs at African Crossroads, the five teams selected by the Creative Industries Fund NL in response to the Egypt and Morocco Open Calls were also a shining presence. At this event in Marrakech, they presented their work in the form of an installation or presentation and were able to strengthen their projects with new connections and ideas.

'We were keen to be part of this Hivos event because it would enable us to strengthen each other's networks and to publicize the projects supported by the Fund that are running in Morocco and Egypt. We have face-to-face meetings in the Netherlands, but it is just as important to organize them in the countries where the projects take place and where the international partners of the teams are based and rooted', explained Zineb Seghrouchni on behalf of the Fund.

The projects supported by the Fund are shown in Marrakech in the form of presentations and installations. The latter are especially popular. Dozens of participants gather in the sun around the food stand, of the project 'Play City', an original snails stall transplanted from Djemaa El Fnaa which symbolizes the interaction on the famous square in Marrakech that attracts many Moroccans and tourists. According to architect and originator Selma Maaroufi (NoRA, NL), this is a good example of an 'urban living room' she would like to see in Rabat. 'In Morocco, the public spaces are often too large, made for representation and conceived from the top down. We would like to create smaller and quotidian spaces close to the residents. A place for everydayness, casual gatherings and occasional performances that the local residents can appropriate.'
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Installation 'Learning with Tiznit'

Further on, another group is discussing inclusiveness in the digital culture sector. The conversation is taking place under an installation that symbolizes the waterway in Tiznit, which is at the heart of the 'Learning with Tiznit' project. The team wants to breathe new life into neglected places around the waterway, connecting the Medina to the Oasis. Together with local architect Salima Naji, an expert of built and cultural heritage, they try to save and revive the memories of these places for the next generations.
'We are doing this by organizing workshops with local artists and citizens, for example in the Oasis we are making a nursery/plant museum. Later the museum will host educational programs for children, where they can learn about the importance of water and local plants.', explains urbanist Nika Jazaei. 'This way of working together and the fact that the citizens manage this place themselves with their own heritage reinforces the feeling of care and ownership. The 'modernization' of the city has endangered those qualities of the landscape into neglection.'

On the roof of villa Janna where the conference is being held, people are sitting in the stargazing platform, a round tomb woven with blue wool. This is one of the four projects that CILAS (Egypt), Sara Radi (Egypt) and Bureau LADA (NL) want to set up in a historic district in Caïro. The other three are a herb garden, a garden with fruit and vegetables and an energy space. 'By letting people work here with their hands during workshops, or simply reflect while looking at the sky, we aim to bring people together and put issues on the agenda, such as coexisting in a historic neighbourhood in 2018 or climate change,' says Karim Yassin Goessinger from CILAS and Lada Hršak from Bureau LADA.

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Sara Frikech tells abou ther project 'Sahrij'

On the second day, Sarah Frikech draws visitors to her local partner Le18 to present her research. Meknes is experiencing a new urban transformation, just outside of the city a large industrial park is being created. These developments were a reason for Frikech to research on the relationship between the city and the countryside. 'The role of water has a special history in Morocco. When you look at the city and it's history from the perspective of water you come across different aspects. Such as the social dynamics in the time of the French protectorate. And the influence of several water systems in times of climate change.' Ultimately, Sara Frikech wants to present the findings through models and a series of conversations, which she organizes together with Le18.

In 'Grounded Urban Practices', organized by René Boer (Non-Fiction, NL) and Omar Nagati (Cluster, Egypt), all the initiatives come together. The title refers to projects that creatives set up without any influence from – and even as a minor rebellion against – the government to take root with a space in communities. 'They are creating their own tools bottom-up as a kind of activism.' After the financial crisis in the Netherlands and the Arab revolution in Egypt, both Boer and Nagati frequently saw this type of project emerge. They are investigating this phenomenon and organizing encounters between Dutch people and Egyptians to exchange knowledge and make a book about it. In this way, they want to lay the foundations for future research.

African Crossroads has not only been important in giving visibility to the projects that were supported through the open calls, the event has conversely also had an impact on the projects themselves. 'Hearing what others are doing has made us refresh our ideas,' says René Boer. 'I've learned more about a wide range of projects and initiatives in the African context and the importance of meeting these changemakers face to face,' says Nika Jazaei. Selma Maaroufi notes that African Crossroads has corroborated her ideas. 'I have met others here who are involved with the same thing, and who share the analysis that in this part of the world public space very much tends to exclude rather than include, that strengthens me in my idea that an initiative such as Play City is indeed relevant and necessary.'

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Installation 'Stargazing Platform' by Bureau LADA, Sara Radi and CILAS Photo: Zakaria Kacha

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Looking back at the Bring it on! 2019 open day

8 April 2019

After a successful first edition last year, the Creative Industries Fund NL once again organized Bring it on! on Thursday 28 March. On this open day, the designing sector came together, we talked to applicants and potential applicants in 80 speed dates and we demonstrated the importance and possibilities of the Fund through various projects and in discussions with supported design talent.
For the Fund, the social impact of supported projects has significant value, and this also came to the fore in various podium discussions. For instance, we talked about sustainability in the fashion sector and the collaboration between designers and healthcare professionals in the search for solutions to complex issues in the health and welfare sector. Designers, makers, talents and institutions showed what the subsidy they received has meant for them and together we discussed new developments. We launched the Interior & Interdisciplinarity Open Call, and organized a meeting before the plenary session for all the designers and makers who received a talent development grant from the Fund this year and an expert meeting for the applicants selected for the Designing a Community of Care Open Call. The exchange of knowledge and experiences played a central role during these meetings. Bring it on! 2019 was concluded with network drinks for all the visitors.
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Prior to the plenary program we organized a meeting for all designers and makers who received a talentdevelopment grant from the Fund this year.
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Colleagues Jetske van Oosten and Nazanin Hedayati organized an expertmeeting in separate rooms for those selected from the Open Call Designing a Community of Care
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Moderator Stephanie Afrifa introduced the speakers.
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Executive director Syb Groeneveld looked back at the past year, presented the 2018 annual report and introduced the plans for the coming period.
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Joris van Ballegooijen, coordinator Digital Culture and Immerse\Interact, listed the options that the Fund has to offer for makers and storytellers.
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Andrea Kristić, grant officer Design, opened the conversation about sustainability in the fashion sector.
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Fashion platforms FASHIONCLASH, State of Fashion and M-ODE, and fashion collective Das Leben am Haverkamp discussed sustainability in the fashion sector and their own practice.
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An important part of Bring it on! were the speed dates with employees of the Fund, an employee of Fonds Kwadraat and the BNO.
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Eva Roolker, coordinator Design, lauched the second Open Call Interior and Interdisciplinarity.
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Designer Siba Sahabi and consultant Aslı Çiçek reflected on the profession in the context of the Open Call Interior and Interdisciplinarity.
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Jetske van Oosten, programme manager Health care and Education, about the importance of the Open Call Designing a Community of Care.
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Designer Manon van Hoeckel and Gijsbert van Herk (chairman of Humanitas) talked about commissioning in healthcare.
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Designers Joana Chicau and Sofija Stanković (TeYosh) received a Talentdevelopment grant from the Fund and explained what this brought them.
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Zineb Seghrouchni, programme manager Internationalization, told the public about remix and sampling as a method for innovative design.
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Farida Sedoc and Navin Thakoer used remix and sampling as a method in their work and told about their practice.
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Initiators Brigitte van der Sande from Other Futures 2020 and Shirin Mirachor from Get Me - for today's activist explained their festival programming.
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Photos: Aad Hoogendoorn
Film: Robbie van Zoggel

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Marian Duff appointed as Talent Development scout

8 April 2019

The Creative Industries Fund NL has appointed Marian Duff (founder of MAFB and OSCAM, read more) as its Talent Development scout. The Fund has given her the task of selecting four talented designers or makers who have developed outside the regular art or architecture education system and who work on the boundaries between the creative industry, street culture and metropolitan dynamics. These makers often work with new frames of reference that question the status quo of the creative industry. With this procedure, the Fund aims to contribute to a more inclusive design sector. In addition to Marian Duff, the Fund intends to appoint a second scout.
Under the current structure of the Talent Development grant programme, only designers and makers who graduated no more than four years ago from a relevant study in the field of architecture, design or digital culture can apply. This means that applicants without a design degree cannot submit a proposal to the advisory committee. The Fund recognizes that a large number of promising makers are following a different route towards the professional design sector. In order to give this group the opportunity to professionalize further, the Fund will be experimenting with this procedure in 2019.

method and budget
The scouts each select four makers who receive € 1,000 from the Fund to draw up a development plan. The selected people can submit this plan in the second Talent Development round. A total of 60 development plans are submitted to the Talent Development advisory committee in this round. So, 8 of these plans come from makers who have been nominated by the scouts. The other 52 have already been selected by the committee in the first Talent Development round. On the basis of the plans submitted, the committee selects a maximum of 35 makers who receive a grant of € 24,000 from the Fund. At least two of these grants are reserved for the makers nominated by the scouts.

A budget of € 56,000 has been reserved for this procedure within the Talent Development grant programme. This sum comes from extra funds that the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OC&W) made available for talent development in September 2018.

procedure and criteria
The procedure focuses specifically on designers, makers or researchers living in the Netherlands who are not following a course of study in art or design and who have not graduated from such a study with a BA or MA degree in the past four years.
The talents to be scouted are in addition:
18 years of age or older;
active within the metropolitan maker culture;
potentially a distinctive role model within the Dutch creative industry; and
have never before received a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL.
Both scouts will issue a call within their networks. In this way they aim to give as diverse a group as possible the opportunity to focus attention on their design practice.

more about the scouts
Marian Duff (1977, Paramaribo) is the founder of the international fashion community MAFB. The pretext for the creation of MAFB in 2008 was provided by the answers to the following questions: What role does diversity play in our perception of fashion? And is there such a thing as inequality in the world of fashion?

'Our view of fashion is determined by diversity, or even more so, by the lack of diversity. There are plenty of challenges ahead of us.'


In November 2017, Marian founded the Open Space Contemporary Art Museum (OSCAM), a museological platform for art, fashion, design, craftsmanship and development in Amsterdam with a focus on the Bijlmer district. OSCAM has evolved into a creative meeting place where a broad audience meets and where a high-quality exhibition and activity programme is shown. In the coming years, this special place will be preserved by a wide range of partners that Marian Duff has linked to OSCAM: Decoratelier Nationale Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam Museum, OBA, Municipality of Amsterdam, CEC and advisory organization B&A Group.

scout night
Marian Duff is organizing a scout night in Soho House, Rotterdam on 1 May from 19.00-21.00. If you would like to show your work here, please register via [email protected]. After registering you will receive additional information.

Photo above: Les Adu
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Open Call Space for Talent #2

6 April 2019

Do you see opportunities for research, experiment or development of new knowledge in collaboration with a practical environment, such as a lab, development site or workplace? With the Space for Talent Open Call, the Fund aims to enable designers to create an environment together with a partner, where joint experimentation, the establishment of new relationships and the sharing of knowledge are central. Submit your proposal by Wednesday 8 May 2019 at the latest.
This could involve collaboration with a workplace or lab, but also, for example, an occasional collaboration with a team of scientists or with a producer who is pursuing innovation. Together the partnership works on issues that transcend their day-to-day practice/design practice. For instance, the use of sensors within 3D textile structures or the structural quality of bamboo. The call is intended for young or established designers, makers and architects. The aim is to create valuable new connections between the design field and social professionals, in addition to the artistic and professional development of the participating designers.

set-up of the Open Call
The Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 150,000 available for this open call. The maximum contribution per project is a standard € 25,000. The conditions for support are that there is a new collaboration between a designer and a partner that makes an intrinsic contribution and facilitates the project. Depending on the project, the collaborations can vary in form. Examples are research (including material research) within a lab, a residency programme at a knowledge institute, a special collaboration with a development site or experimental research with a partner from the business community.

Click here for an overview of previously supported Space for Talent projects.

The subsidy is divided into two parts: € 15,000 is reserved for the maker and € 10,000 for the partner's facilities and knowledge. The sums are granted under the condition that there is a collaboration agreement, which must be submitted no later than 4 weeks after the grant has been awarded.

Conditions for eligibility for a contribution are:
the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice registered in the Netherlands;
the partner is based in the Netherlands;
a rationale from the designer that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the maker, and the added value of the project for the maker's development;
a declaration of intent from the partner that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the designer and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, knowledge and working environment that the partner offers, the manner of collaboration and the intended result;
there is no question of a commissioning-client relationship between the parties;
a form of knowledge-sharing or presentation relevant to the project is included at the end of the project.

submission
The application can be submitted until Wednesday 8 May 2019 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment.

more information
Find more about the Open Call here.

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Open Call Fresh Perspectives #3

4 April 2019

Do you have a good concept for working together with a partner outside the creative industry on a current social issue? The Fund is inviting makers and designers to submit a proposal with this partner, aimed at jointly tackling an urgent theme. With the Fresh Perspectives Open Call, the Fund aims to stimulate collaboration between designers and renowned companies, organizations or knowledge institutions. Submission is possible until 22 May 2019.
Every year, the Fund supports hundreds of talented makers and designers in the development of their professional practice. The research and experiments carried out by these makers are often at the beginning of the design chain. This involves the unrestrained combination of knowledge and methods and often leads to new insights, concepts and prototypes. The Fund has identified a strong need among makers and designers to further develop the results of these studies and make them applicable outside their own discipline or professional practice. However, there is often a lack of decisive clout in the guise of a sturdy external party that is able to translate ideas into results, At the same time, the Fund sees that organizations and companies can benefit greatly from a designer's fresh perspective on a wide range of complex issues. All too often, however, a designer is involved in the process too late or not even at all.

The aim of this call is to bring together designers and parties with a solid social or expert position. The Fund is challenging these parties to utilize this collaboration to arrive at innovative, surprising solutions for today's design challenges.

set-up of the Open Call
Creative Industries Fund NL is setting aside €180,000 for this Open Call. The maximum grant per project is €40,000, divided across two phases.

Depending on the task, the outcomes of the collaboration may assume a diversity of forms, for instance a product, intervention or service. Collaborating with international partners is an option, however a Dutch interest should prevail within the project.

The conditions stipulated by the Fund are:
the designer/maker is involved throughout the entire process;
both parties commit themselves to the collaboration;
the expected added value of the collaboration for both the maker and the partner is clearly justified in the application;
the project is currently in a start-up phase;
a form of presentation relevant to the sector is included at the end of the process.
the designer acts as the coordinator, i.e. they submit the application on behalf of the collaborating parties.
there is no question of a commissioning-client relationship between the parties.

phases:
The financial contribution is divided over two phases. Proposals provide insight into the entire process, but focus specifically on the substance and activities involved in the first phase.

1. The initial phase covers a period of up to five months, during which preliminary research is carried out, the project is prepared and the collaboration is made concrete. For this phase, a sum of € 10,000 per proposal is available. The outcome of this phase is a detailed project plan, the planning of activities, a budget and a signed collaboration agreement between the two parties for the follow-up phase. This package also serves as the application for phase 2.
2. The second phase is intended for further elaboration and implementation and/or the assessment of actual results. A maximum sum of € 30,000 per proposal is available for this phase. This sum can be roughly divided over the design and research hours of the designer/maker and the partner, materials and other costs. A phase 1 grant being awarded is not a guarantee that a phase 2 grant will be awarded. The Fund may select more projects for a first phase than there is budget available for the second phase.

submission
The application for the first phase can be submitted via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment by Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at the latest.

more information
Find more information about the Open Call here.
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Annual Report 2018: the power of design in the picture

28 March 2019

Today the Creative Industries Fund NL published its 2018 annual report. We look back on the past year, during which the Fund granted subsidies of 13.8 million euros to designers, cultural institutions and festivals. In five video portraits, we also illustrate the power of design.
VIEW THE DIGITAL 2018 ANNUAL REPORT HERE

NB: The full version of the annual report is only available for desktop and tablet. Mobile users are automatically redirected to the mobile version with a summary.

'As a Fund we like to stimulate the experiments of makers and institutions that are looking for solutions and interventions within the context of larger, current social issues. In 2018, we continued to support many projects that focus, for instance, on the energy transition, inclusiveness and sustainability. In five video portraits, this annual report demonstrates what the power of design means for these kinds of socially relevant subjects, but also what a grant can do for the individual maker's own development.'
Syb Groeneveld, executive director
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result
By means of animated infographics, the digital annual report provides insight into the distribution of the available budget and the results achieved. In addition, short videos show the stories behind the figures. After all, it is the individual designers, collectives and institutions that define the diversity, originality and relevance of the design disciplines. You can hear from solar designer Marjan van Aubel, fashion designer Duran Lantink, designer Simon Dogger, architect Arna Mačkić and Kathrin Ginsberg, the director of CBK Zeeland.

deepening design practice
In 2018, the Fund awarded grants to 593 projects by designers and we supported the programmes of 81 cultural institutions and festivals. By supporting research, experiment, production and presentation in and also between the disciplines of design, architecture and digital culture, the Fund once again made a substantial contribution to the quality of professional design practice in 2018.

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