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Meet-ups Open Calls Internationalization

Meet-ups Open Calls Internationalization

24 January 2018

From 13 to 16 February the Fund is organizing a series of four meet-ups relating to the open calls that focus on Russia, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco.
During the meet-ups, an expert from the country in question will give a talk to provide inspiration. The aim is to exchange knowledge and experience. It is also possible to ask Fund staff questions about the open calls.

By means of four open calls, the Creative Industries Fund NL invites Dutch designers and cultural organizations to submit a plan for a project, intervention or process that deploys design for sustainable and inclusive urbanization in one of the four countries.

Tuesday 13 February: Meet-up Russia
14.00 - 17.00 (doors open 13.30)
Speaker: Vera Leonova, Associate Dean Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Vera Leonova shares her vision on the role of advocacy planning in urban development in Russia. She describes a number of urban issues, the background to these issues and the effects on communities.

Wednesday 14 February: Meet-up Turkey
14.00 - 17.00 (doors open 13.30)
Speaker: Serhan Ada, associate professor Bilgi University Istanbul
Serhan Ada describes the opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in contemporary Turkey. With examples of initiatives by designers, artists' collectives, municipalities and inhabitants in cities such as Istanbul, Izmir and Mardin, he discusses how they influence cultural policy in Turkey and vice versa.

Thursday 15 February: Meet-up Egypt
14.00 - 17.00 (doors open 13.30)
Speaker: May Al-lbrashy, built environment collective – Megawra, Cairo
May Al-lbrashy observes that design as a driver for social development is a growing trend in Egypt. Rapid urbanization is challenging designers to develop strategies and tactics for survival, but also to achieve new forms of collaboration.

Friday 16 February: Meet-up Morocco
10.00 - 13.00 (doors open 09.30)
Speakers: Amina Mourid and Hicham Bouzid, Think Tanger, Tanger
Amina Mourid and Hicham Bouzid provide an introduction to Tanger and the way the city distinguishes itself from other Moroccan cities. They give their vision on how the city can be critically questioned from various perspectives such as design, social design and the bringing together of different parties.

Language: English. Moderator: Mechtild van den Hombergh and Thijs Barendse.

The meet-ups are being held in the HipHopHuis, Delftsestraat 19A (entrance via Delftsehof) in Rotterdam.

You are cordially invited to attend one or more of the meet-ups. Please ensure that we receive your RSVP by e-mail by 9 February at the latest via [email protected] specifying the meet-up you would like to attend and please state your name and organization in your message.

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A recap of the Russia, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco meet-ups

22 February 2018

The Fund organized a series of meet-ups centred around the current Open Calls Russia, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco. Four speakers from each of the four countries shared their insights relating to metropolitan issues. They gave examples of the ways in which local initiatives are approaching these issues from a cultural and design perspective. There were opportunities for the audience to ask questions and exchange knowledge with Fund staff, the speakers and cultural attachés.
We look back at the sessions here and provide a link to the Frequently Asked Questions about the Open Calls, which close on 7 March.

During the Russia meet-up, Vera Leonova, deputy dean at the Graduate School of Urbanism in Moscow, provided an overview of Russian urban development in the last decade. She sketched a picture of rapid urbanization in a country where three-quarters of the population live in urban areas. She showed how appearance and daily life is determined by the modernist approach of Soviet Russia and the subsequent euphoria of free-market principles. Vera demonstrated how these initiatives – originated for instance by residents, designers and cultural organizations – deal with these challenges. And how bottom-up practices compare with the top-down way of working. The questions from the audience made it clear that a collaboration with Russia demands good preparation for working in a complex context that requires the necessary flexibility.

Meet-up Russia with Vera Leonova, Deputy Dean Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism, Moscow. Photo: Khalid Amakran

Serhan Ada, associate professor in Cultural Policy & Management at the Bilgi University Istanbul, began his lecture with a map of Turkey. The aim was to emphasize that, besides Istanbul, Turkey has other cities where interesting developments are taking place in the area of culture. In Istanbul, the creation of a local cultural policy began when the city wanted to stand as a candidate for European Capital of Culture 2010. Local cultural policy is still being developed. For instance, the city was recently selected to be UNESCO’s City of Design and more and more bottom-up initiatives are being generated to involve citizens and other stakeholders in the development of the city. After Istanbul, Serhan Ada talked about the city of Izmir and how it has become an attractive city for designers, makers and cultural institutions. By combining significant local investments in culture with the developments for the city's major port, Izmir has managed to put culture on the map. The third example was the city of Mardin, where in recent years an increasing number of interdisciplinary projects have been initiated that focus on the contemporary significance of the city's material and immaterial heritage.

Meet-up Turkey with Serhan Ada, associate professor Bilgi University Istanbul, Cultural Policy & Management. Photo: Khalid Amakran

May Al-Ibrashy, founder of the Built Environment Collective-Megawra, introduced the third session about Egypt. One of the topics in her lecture dealt with the various ways in which the inhabitants of Cairo, these days a militarized city, are trying to claim the city for themselves. Examples of graffiti, mapping projects and sports events demonstrated how these initiatives aim to appropriate the city. In Egypt, too, a turbulent mix of social, spatial and economic factors lies at the root of urban issues; housing, migration, brain drain and economic instability. May emphasized that in Egypt there is an immense potential of knowledge, vision and experience to draw on for a collaboration. Working together with Egyptian partners is very important for getting meaningful projects up and running. It does ask for an open attitude and not a mind or project that is set on ‘helping’. Working in Egypt also means that you need to work with legal complexities, such as every-changing legislation and restrictive regulations for NGOs. Working out how the collaboration between Dutch and Egyptian partners is to be arranged, in terms of content and finances, is also essential.

Meet-up Egypt with May Al-lbrashy, oprichter Build Environment Collective - Megawra, Caïro. Photo: Khalid Amakran

Amina Mourid and Hicham Bouzid from Think Tanger provided a concise historical overview of Morocco's rich urban development: from long before Western intervention and the time of the various dynasties to the influence of the post-colonial era. They then zoomed in on current social and urban development in the North Moroccan port city of Tanger. Think Tanger is a platform that plays an active role in involving various stakeholders in thinking about new forms of urban development. They do this by means of artistic and cultural productions, sharing knowledge and generating ideas within various coalitions. After an introduction about the specific situation in Tanger, Bouzid and Mourid elaborated on current planning for the region around the city. In the coming years, three ville nouvelles are being realized, linked to the development of a number of free-trade zones. Bouzid and Mourid explained that it is difficult for citizens to get a picture of the various area developments. As an example, everyone in Tanger was surprised in the spring of 2017 when it was announced that a smart city is being realized on the east side of the city with investments from China. These developments often lack a social, sustainable and inclusive perspective and as a result, the local population feels only limited involvement in urban development. The platform aims to change this situation by involving the inhabitants, politicians and other stakeholders in its activities.

Meet-up Morocco with Amina Mourid en Hicham Bouzid van Think Tanger. Photo: Khalid Amakran
frequently asked questions

Is it your intention to submit a project plan for the Open Call Russia, Turkey, Egypt and/or Morocco? Many of the questions asked during the four meetings can be found here with the answers.

Photo: Khalid Amakran

Selection Open Call Salone del Mobile 2018

8 February 2018

The Open Call Salone del Mobile 2018 is an initiative by the Fund to make it possible for design studios to present themselves during the fair week in Milan. Advisers Marleen Engbersen and Nadine Sterk have made a selection from the 47 proposals. The 11 selected proposals offer quality and diversity, thus satisfying the intention of displaying a wide range of Dutch talent in an international context. The Salone is one of the largest international fairs for furniture and product design and is being held this year from 17 to 22 April.

The selection represents the breadth of the Dutch design sector: when making their selection, the advisors considered the distinctive artistic quality of the work to be shown and the type of presentation, how the presentation in Milan aligns with the development of the designer or the studio and how the presentation fits in with a long-term strategy. The advisors also looked for diversity in the types of projects, presentation spaces and development stage of the design studios. Lastly, they also looked at unique forms of collaboration and group presentations.

Er zijn in totaal 11 voorstellen geselecteerd, van de volgende aanvragers:

Lumière du Nord
Jelle Mastenbroek en Daniel de Bruin
Koos Breen en Boris de Beijer
Stichting Chi Ha Paura...?
Truly Truly V.O.F
Crafts Council
Dutch Invertuals B.V.

The selection includes proposals for application-oriented and detailed designs, such as the Minois Smart Minimalist by Lumiére du Nord. The choice has also been made for more experimental work being shown at an earlier stage of development, such as the presentations by Truly Truly, VANTOT vof, Alissa+Nienke, Studio Belén and Tijs Gilde Studio. Jelle Mastenbroek and Daniel de Bruin opted for a more conceptual installation that focuses on the experience with a social message.

The selected platforms Stichting Chi Ha Paura …?, the Crafts Council and Dutch Invertuals provide the designers involved with an excellent opportunity to present themselves in Milan within a unique group presentation. These platforms each work with a distinctive concept that provides new perspectives on Dutch design with a more outspoken and experimental character. Also in line with this idea is the proposal submitted by Koos Breen and Boris de Beijer, a performative presentation from a collective of young designers who want to sound an unconventional note in Milan with a distinctive type of presentation. The collective consists of Thomas Ballouhey, Boris de Beijer, Koos Breen, Reijnald Kolthof and Lonneke van der Palen.

The advisers note that the presentations in Milan are increasingly about 'the experience'. Not just the work being shown, but also the presentation form should attract attention. For international media coverage, a sophisticated presentation and communications strategy is required and a presentation becomes a goal in itself. The advisers express their criticism of this situation, because it can distract attention from good design and finding production possibilities. On the other hand, they recognize that this is an international development and that the Netherlands is able to stand out in this respect. The tendency also offers opportunities for the Netherlands. So they expect the presentations of the selected platforms in particular to attract a great deal of international attention in Milan.

The submitted proposals were evaluated according to the criteria in the open call, focusing on proposals that stand out in terms of artistic quality, presentation form and strategy. In addition, the preference was for proposals where special forms of collaboration were entered into or which focused on a group presentation, because that generally works well within the context of the fair week. The advisers assessed the extent to which the proposals had been set up consistently and how well they corresponded with the objectives of this open call and the Programme for Internationalization.

working method
The advisers take the quality of the work to be presented and the portfolio as their starting point. They then looked at the presentation proposal, including the planned location in Milan, in combination with the intended strategy and expectations. The intended strategy is in line with the position of the design studio within the field - for instance starters or designers with an established practice. The evaluation took into account whether the intended strategy corresponded with the objective, for instance reaching international press/media or instead accessing commissioning clients to investigate concrete production possibilities. The nature of the work to be shown is also a decisive factor in achieving the objectives. More application-oriented designs require a different presentation, for example in form and location, than designs and installations that are more conceptual by nature or that focus on ‘the experience’, is the assertion of the advisers.

open call
With the open call, the Fund aims to present the excellent quality of the Dutch design sector and to strengthen the international reputation of the creative industries in the Netherlands.

Photo above: READY, SET, GO!, Koos Breen en Boris de Beijer/Better Known A


Open Call Architecture Biennale Venice #3

2 February 2018

Open Call #3 Presentation budget

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers to submit a proposal for participation in the 16th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, which is being held from 26 May to 25 November 2018. This third and last Open Call invites researchers and designers in the field of architecture to submit proposals for the presentation of initiatives and projects that make a meaningful contribution to the programming of one of the main venues, such as the Arsenale, the country pavilions in the Giardini, or another suitable and prominent location in Venice.

Under the title FREESPACE, general curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are utilizing this Biennale to address the relationship between architecture and society. To read the press release about the FREESPACE theme, click here.
A precondition for this Open Call is a detailed motivation from an inviting party and/or curator. The presentation budget is intended for travel and accommodation expenses as well as transportation and presentation costs for projects with which the applicant makes a meaningful contribution to the exploration of the FREESPACE theme during the Architecture Biennale in Venice. In this way, the Fund is providing support for designers and researchers to participate in activities that are being held during the preview days on 24 and 25 May 2018 or being organized in the context of the Biennale from 26 May to 25 November 2018, such as exhibitions, performances, events, symposia and expert meetings. Applications for the set-up and development of group presentations or group exhibitions are not eligible for support.

A maximum budget of €25,000 is available for this Open Call. The Fund expects to support a minimum of 10 proposals. The grant has a maximum of € 2,500 per proposal.

Projects that receive a grant under the Open Calls Venice Architecture Biennale #1 or #2 are not eligible for the Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #3 presentation budget.

aims and objectives
With this Open Call, Creative Industries Fund NL aims to showcase the excellent quality of Dutch architecture and urban design at a prominent international event. Grants are awarded within the framework of the Subsidy Regulations and the Grant Programme for Architecture, with which the Fund strives to achieve the following objectives, among others:
• reinforce the social value of architecture from a cultural perspective
• foster quality in architecture
• stimulate interest in architecture in the Netherlands and abroad

The proposal can be submitted up until Thursday 15 March 2018 via the Fund's online application environment. In the pull-down menus select the ‘Open Calls’ option, then the ‘Venice Architecture Biennale #3_Presentation budget’.

Please note: Request your login details for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. Validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.

Find more information about this Open Call here.


Vouchers awarded 2017

2 February 2018

In 2017 the Creative Industries Fund NL supported 67 proposals within the Voucher procedure for presentations abroad, from the total of 103 applications received. The shortened procedure has made it possible for the Fund to respond more quickly and directly to the work field and has enabled many designers to accept an invitation from abroad. At the same time, the vouchers issued have contributed to the reinforcement of the international positioning, the extension of the field of activity and the visibility of the Dutch Creative Industries.
voucher procedure abroad
Creative Industries Fund NL has a shortened procedure for makers who have been invited by a foreign cultural institution or organization to give a presentation abroad in the near future. This could be participation in an exhibition, manifestation, individual presentation, workshop or lecture, or as a speaker at a conference or symposium. Per voucher a maximum of € 1,500 is awarded for accommodation, travel, transportation and any communication costs. A maximum amount of € 150,000 is available per year for the voucher procedure. During 2017, a total of € 118,789 was applied for and € 92,797 was granted to 67 applicants. The remaining amount is being deployed for the vouchers in 2018 and supplemented to €150,000 from the basic grant programmes.

worldwide distribution
The supported proposals ranged from presentations at festivals and individual exhibitions to participation in conferences, symposia and expert meetings. These took place at 67 unique events and in 30 different countries: the top 4 were the United States, United Kingdom, Russia and South Korea. In short, the interest in the Netherlands Creative Industries is widespread over the whole world. A special effect of the presentations is that several collaborations have led to new invitations and various visits from foreign contacts to parties in the Netherlands.

We have singled out two projects receiving grants below:

Knust in Latin America
The Kulturele Nijmeegse Universele Stichting (KNUST) is the print and Risograph-printing studio of production house Extrapool in Nijmegen. Last spring, KNUST received several invitations from Latin America where there is a great deal of interest in Riso-printmaking. With a voucher, KNUST was able to accept the invitation from Mexican collective Crater Invertido to organize a five-day Riso-printing workshop in Mexico City. They subsequently took part in the Feira Plana festival in São Paulo (Brazil) and a two-day expert meeting organized by the Meli-Melo Press collective. In all these activities, the exchange of knowledge about the working method and the technical and artistic aspects of the printing process played a central role. This resulted in mutual inspiration and further collaborations. For instance, following the example of KNUST, Crater Invertido and Meli-Melo Press would like to set up a residency, make and meeting place and their makers are participating in a residency with KNUST. Because KNUST, with this voucher, managed to respond to growing interest from abroad, combined various events and anticipated a follow-up, the Fund was convinced of a strategic and future-oriented approach. It provides clear added value to KNUST's cultural entrepreneurship and at the same time to the distribution and reinforcing of Dutch knowledge in the field of printing.

KNUST in Latin America
Why and how to start a game collective!

For the sixth year, the A MAZE. festival was held between 13 and 16 September 2017 in Johannesburg (South Africa), where international and African game developers, digital artists and activists came together to exchange ideas, skills and knowledge in the fields of independent games and playful media. For these editions, Aran Koning - on behalf of Sokpop Collective, a group of independent Dutch game developers - was invited to give a presentation about setting up a game collective. Aran contends that there is a fast-growing scene of independent game developers in South Africa. He aims to encourage the makers to enter into collaborations and form collectives, and to increase awareness of these makers and the knowledge being developed. Accordingly, Aran formulated clear objectives and urgency for the voucher, where mutual cultural exchange of knowledge between South Africa and the Netherlands takes precedence. Furthermore, this presentation provides added value in connecting Dutch game developers to a wider international network.

Why and how to start a game collective!

all vouchers awarded
Here you can find a summary of the projects receiving vouchers in 2017.

submission in 2018
For 2018, the application procedure has been slightly amended in order to speed up the process and, in so doing, correspond better with the objectives of the procedure. A personal, motivated invitation, combined with an explanation of the applicant's own vision and approach continues to be an important part of the application and evaluation.

You can submit an application via the Fund's online application environment. Read more about the Voucher procedure here.

Photo above: Little Babylon @ FILE festival, Wave Of Tomorrow


Four Open Calls Internationalization

24 January 2018

By means of four different open calls, the Creative Industries Fund NL calls on Dutch designers and cultural organizations to submit a project plan for a project, intervention or process that deploys design for sustainable and inclusive urbanization in Turkey, Morocco, Egypt or Russia. The plan describes an urbanization question that is related to a social issue, in a specific city or region in one of the four countries, where Dutch and local parties work together on an equal footing.
Until the end of 2020, the Fund will be holding a number of open calls that focus on challenges associated with urbanization in Turkey, Morocco, Egypt or Russia. The projects will deal with how these challenges, in a collaboration between local and Dutch partners, can be addressed in order to achieve more sustainable, inclusive and smart cities. The question of urbanization provides opportunities for improving living conditions, housing, social cohesion and the utilization of technology for social innovation and for redefining cultural heritage. There are possibilities here for the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Dutch designers and cultural organizations that have local partners.

The project plan can be submitted from January 1st until 7 March 2018 via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment.

Find more information about these Open Calls here:
Open Call Turkey #1
Open Call Morocco #1
Open Call Egypt #1
Open Call Russia #1

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