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Selected projects for the open calls: Cape Town and Explorations

Selected projects for the open calls: Cape Town and Explorations

5 December 2013

In October the Creative Industries Fund NL called on designers, makers, producers and clients from the creative sector to submit proposals aimed at participation in Cape Town World Design Capital 2014, and to explore opportunities for internationalization in professional practice.

The open calls form part of the Internationalization programme of the Creative Industries Fund NL and are geared to boosting the international reputation of the Dutch creative industries. In addition, the calls contribute to establishing lasting relations at home and abroad.

The Creative Industries Fund NL has selected five proposals for participation in Cape Town World Design Capital 2014, and 19 proposals for international explorations.
The call also invited proposals aimed at exploring opportunities for commissions and collaboration in specific countries and regions, and in certain events.

The open calls form part of the of the Creative Industries Fund NL and are geared to boosting the international reputation of the Dutch creative industries. In addition, the calls contribute to establishing lasting relations at home and abroad.

The Creative Industries Fund NL has selected five proposals for participation in Cape Town World Design Capital 2014, and 19 proposals for international explorations.

Cape Town World Design Capital 2014
The World Design Capital (WDC) is a programme from the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), which aims to promote design in solving social, cultural and economic problems. The first event took place in 2008 in the Italian city of Turin. Cape Town has been selected as WDC for 2014.

Cape Town's wish to host WDC2014 forms part of a broader vision to strengthen the city's sustainability, bridge historical divisions and promote social and economic cohesion. Cape Town wants to show how design is an integral aspect of everyday life, and how it can be a tool for effecting those changes that South Africa envisages for its schools, houses, businesses, neighbourhoods and cities.
WDC2014 can therefore act as a catalyst for new forms of collaboration and new opportunities.

For Dutch creative industries, WDC2014 offers an opportunity to enhance the country's profile in the area of creation and innovation. Forming strategic alliances is a strong Dutch asset. Much innovation is the result of collaboration between clients, designers, makers, producers, clients, knowledge institutions and social partners. Such alliances lead to innovative solutions for social problems. During WDC2014, this 'Dutch Approach' can be presented in an international arena.

The five selected projects involve collaboration with local parties, thus making them relevant to Cape Town and reflecting the theme of social change chosen as a spearhead by the World Design Capital.


Agata Karolina and Matylda Krzykowski | Common Methods: Craft in Production
an exchange project between Dutch and South African designers >> more

Play the City | Play Cape Town
a city game that visualizes the effects of urban sprawl and density in Cape Town >> more

Hannes Bernard | Design & the Afterhour
a programme by Sandberg Institute's recently graduated students >> more

International New Town Institute (INTI) | The Density Project
an investigation into Urban Sprawl in Cape Town >> more

P en M | In Performance - Building Theater
a theatre piece during the construction of a theatre in Langa, Cape Town >> more

Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization
Many proposals to explore opportunities for the internationalization of Dutch industry have been submitted in the fields of architecture and urban design. They focus in particular on such themes as urban development and the lack of affordable housing. Dutch expertise can contribute to improving infrastructure within urban spaces.
The explorations focus on various areas both inside and outside Europe: from Eastern Europe to South and Central America.


75B | Presentatie Frankfurter Buchmesse 2014
exploration to expand its book design activities in Germany >> more

Arons en Gelauf Architecten | Hoezo grijs? / Comment ça, vieux?
a study of housing for the elderly as an architectural assignment in France >> more

Janet André | Architecture and housing in Sveden
to lay the foundation for an international dialogue about urban and architectural design >> more

Onix | Young People, Young Markets
exploring opportunities for Dutch architects in housing design in Sweden >> more

Sonic Acts | Sonic Acts Vienna
explore the potential for an e-culture festival in Vienna >> more

Het Oversticht | Heritage Advisors in Flanders
studies how its experience and knowledge as a heritage consultant can be deployed in Flanders >> more

Wanda de Wit | The Netherlands & Open Design Italia
exploration of the opportunities for collaboration between Open Design Italia (ODI) and Dutch designers >> more

Creativity Platform | Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization in Thessaloniki
exploration of the opportunities of collaboration between the desing and agricultural sector >> more

CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism | New Generation Albania
an exploratory trip to Albania to study opportunities for collaboration with the Dutch creative industries in the field of urban planning >> more

Urban Xchange | Exploring Opportunities Internationalization in Slovakia and the Czech Republic
explores the oppotunities for Internationalization of expertise in urban planning in the field of working- and learning landscapes >> more

WOLF Architecten | Montenegro GOES DUTCH!
Investigate how to contribute to a more sustainable transport, promoting spatial quality in Montenegro
>> more

V2_Instituut voor de Instabiele Media | Exploring South America
Exploring Opportunities in South America for the Summer Session Network for talen development in South America >> more

Urbanos | Exploring Opportunities for Creative Urbanists and Architects in Colombia
explore possible collaboration and market opportunities in Colombia >> more

PICNIC | PICNIC @ Mexico and Brazil
Explore possible partnerships in Mexico, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo >> more

Bart van Beuren | Dutch Design trading post in former Fort Zeelandia
a residency programme for Dutch designers in Tainan, Taiwan >> more

East West Education Center | Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization in South Korea
examining opportunities for collaborations in the field of product design in South Korea >> more

MLA+ | Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization in Russia
reserch into the possibilities for the Dutch creative industries in Russian mid-sized cities >> more

Monique Smit en Annebregje Snijders | Home at Work
exploration of design research into housing for employees of Dutch multinationals in emerging economies >> more

Complex Urban Landscape Design (CULD) | Casablanca Futures
exploratory expert meeting in Casablanca about growth scenarios for the Casablanca urban region >> more

What Design Can Do | Verkennen Kansen Internationalisering
exploration of the possibilities of expanding the activities in China, US and South Africa >> meer

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3 December: Bring it online! Information session 2021-2024

12 November 2020

On Thursday afternoon 3 December at 16:00, the Creative Industries Fund NL is organizing the information session Bring it online! 2021-2024.
During this online session in Teams, we are bringing the design sector together and are keen to discuss what drives you. How can we support your design ideas and how can we achieve social impact with the sector as a whole? Of course, we will also talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the Fund and the design field. Now and in the near future.

Director Syb Groeneveld will kick off by giving information about developments within the Fund, the new grant programmes and additional activities in the policy period 2021-2024. What is staying as it was, what is new and what is changing?

An important part of the afternoon are the break-out rooms with Fund staff members, and you can register in advance to take part. In these sessions, we explain the possibilities within the grant programme of your choice and within the Fund, by means of a Q&A conversation with the online participants. The sessions last an hour.

Make your choice from these sessions; you can only attend one.
1. Design Grant Programme
2. Architecture Grant Programme
3. Digital Culture Grant Programme music x design and Immerse\Interact
4. Talent Development Grant Programme
5. International Collaboration in times of COVID-19

Would you like to submit a question in advance or put a topic on the agenda? When you register, please indicate which session you are choosing – only one is possible – and add your question. Of course, you can also use the chat function during the session of your choice or during the plenary section.

Date: 3 December
Starts at16:00 pm
: Dutch
Location: online in Teams

16:00-16:05. opening by moderator Afaina de Jong, architect and founder of research and design studio AFARAI.
16:05-16:20 Syb Groeneveld's explanatory comments on the policy plan 2021-2024
16:20-17:20 various break-out rooms and Q&A with online participants
17:20-17:30 conclusion led by moderator with Syb Groeneveld.

We would like to hear what you think as an applicant and what you experience in practice.
Sign up via the registration form. You will receive a link for participation in your mailbox before 3 December. Respond no later than Monday 30 November 2020.

Talents present themselves in Talent Tours Livestreams

28 October 2020

From 18 to 25 October 2020, the Creative Industries Fund NL presented daily livestreams with new talent during the Dutch Design Week. On Sunday viewers were taken live to the forest by landscape architect Mirte van Laarhoven. Social Designer Marco Federico Cagnoni presented his project 'Plastic Culture' on Tuesday from his workplace in the Botanical garden in Utrecht. And on Friday, Tomo Kihara took viewers into other people's YouTube bubbles with his YouTube filter simulator 'Their-Tube'.
The livestreams were part of the (online) exhibition in MU, Eindhoven.
Watch the livestreams here:

Mirte van Laarhoven
Landscape architect Mirte van Laarhoven guides you through the deceased family forest that she used last year as an experimental location and materials library for her 'Dead wood alive' project.

Marco Federico Cagnoni
Social designer Marco Federico Cagnoni talks from his workplace in the Botanical Garden Utrecht about the background of his project 'Plastic Culture'.

Tomo Kihara
Step into the YouTube bubbles of others with Tomo Kihara and his YouTube filter simulator 'Their-Tube'.

Tereza Ruller
Tereza Ruller shows the spatial and interactive possibilities of virtual environments as space for new thoughts, actions and aesthetics.

Mark Henning
Participate in Mark Henning's performative exercise to explore the relationship between trust and distance in our new 1.5 meter society.

Jing He
Jing's live stream is called 'Jing's Memories'. Seven people take on the role of Jing and take turns sharing stories and memories from her childhood.

Chiara Dorbolò
Prior to her workshop, architect Chiara Dorbolò shares her creative writing process and presents two articles.


LIVECAST - Inclusive Cities & Societies through Design: Tales of the TREM

21 October 2020

On Monday 26 October at 14.00 CET, the Creative Industries Fund NL presents the livecast 'Inclusive Cities & Societies through Design: Tales of Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco' at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam. Between 2017-2020, the Fund supported 26 teams in these four countries. Several team members will share their international collaboration experiences involving numerous organizations, institutions and individuals. By taking us on their journey, we gain a deeper insight into their projects and an understanding of the significance of intercultural initiatives from a design standpoint. The livecast is also the launch of the new publication 'Tales of the TREM'.
View the livecast here:

In the livecast teams of creative makers, designers and architects share their special experiences in collaboration with numerous creative local partners in Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco.

The livecast deals with the importance of international exchange in the area of current, urgent, global themes and the social role and impact of design. Together with many local partners, the teams look for innovative design solutions to the numerous challenges posed by rapid urbanization, such as designing inclusive public spaces, developing good, affordable housing and new forms of circular design. The aim is to share with a wider audience the stories unknown to many from these four countries, the innovative perspectives and the lessons learned.

The Creative Industries Fund NL supports 26 projects within the multi-year programme 'Inclusive Cities & Societies through Design', as part of the International Cultural Policy 2017-2020 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

With various team members and moderated by presenter Jörgen Tjon a Fong, we are going to discuss the following themes:

1. inclusive cities and societies
with guests:

Syb Groeneveld, executive director Creative Industries Fund NL
Tuğçe Akbulut, partner Tradition as a making tool (TR)
Daria Naugolnova, partner Identity in Typical (RU)
In video:
Fridaymilk, partner Murmansk Prospekt (RU)

Robin Vermeulen and the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, partner Facets of Tangier (MA)

2. international cooperation
with guests:
Daria Ofman and partner Abdalla Daif of Connecting Deltas (EG)
Thijs Verhaar of Inclusive Regenerative fashion in Turkey (TR)
Yassine Salihine, designer and adviser to the Creative Industries Fund NL

3. a look to the future
Keynote and talk with Birgitta Tazelaar, deputy Director-General for International Cooperation – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands

All 26 projects are featured in a publication, with inspiring interviews, stories and photos. Click to request the publication here.


77 applications received for 1 and 2-year Activities Programme 2021-2022

15 October 2020

The Fund has processed 77 applications within the grant programme 1 and 2-year Activities Programme 2021-2022. 17 organizations have taken the opportunity to submit two proposals simultaneously: one for a 2-year programme of activities and one for a 1-year programme of activities. All proposals will be evaluated shortly by the same committee.
The advisory committee members 1 and 2-year Activities Programme are:
Nathanja van Dijk (chair), director Kunsthal
Pieter van Boheemen, reseacher Rathenau Institute
Ella Buzo, programmer digital culture Tetem
Ama van Dantzig, co-founder Dr. Monk, social innovation office
Anne Dessing, architect Studio Anne Dessing
Daan Petri, architect Hootsmans architecture office
Annelies Thoelen, head programme Z33, Hasselt
Thomas Castro, curator/conservator grafic design Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

A significant sum has been requested, in total € 12.3 million, € 8.3 million for a 2-year activity programme and € 4 million for a 1-year programme. The subsidy ceiling for 2-year programmes is € 2,000,000. The subsidy ceiling for 1-year programmes is € 1,300,000. In view of the available budgets, the advisory committee will have to make astute choices.

The average amount requested for a 1-year programme of activities is around € 80,000, while for a 2-year programme of activities it is on average € 150,000 per year. It is expected that approximately 17 institutions will be supported for 1 year and 7 institutions for 2 years.

selection announcement
The meetings of the advisory committee will take place in late October. On 6 November 2020, the institutions will be informed about the intended decision of the Fund's Board. The decisions will follow in the first week of December 2020.

1 and 2-year subsidy
With the 1 and 2-year Activities Programme grant programme, the Creative Industries Fund NL is providing subsidies to cultural institutions that would like to implement a 1 or 2-year programme that contributes to the advancement of excellent quality, development and professionalization of the contemporary creative industries within the Kingdom. Programmes for 2-year support must be of national significance. Programmes for 1-year support must at least be of regional significance.

next rounds
In 2021, there will be a new round for 1-year activities programmes that take place within the calendar year 2022. In 2022, there will once again be a round where both 1-year and 2-year support for activities programmes can be applied for.

Get a Grant – a short, powerful application

14 October 2020

Are you an artist or designer starting up your own practice? Perhaps the funds can help you on your way with a financial boost for talent development. 'Check the websites and know that there are friendly people working there who want to contribute their thoughts. Nothing to be afraid of,' says art teacher and radio curator Femke Dekker during the Get a Grant Event, organized last Thursday by the Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund via Teams. Some 140 participants joined this digital variant of Get a Grant. For the last five years, it has been a recurring event full of tips & tricks about applying for financing from a fund as a starting artist or designer. Moderated by Dekker, artists, designers and fund staff once again talked about opportunities for starters.
'Take the time to find your own voice. What is your position as a maker? Hone your plans, by discussing them with others as well. But most of all: write in giant letters on the wall what your own main goal is, your greatest passion, your plan. And keep that in mind when you make an application.' This was the advice from performance artist Mylan Hoezen. He graduated from the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen, and in 2019 he received a Stipendium for Emerging Artists from the Mondriaan Fund.

'Write in giant letters on the wall what your greatest passion is'

'Everyone has their own method,' he says. 'Before I completed the forms, I filled notebooks with my writing, all the while looking back at the capitals on the wall – my dot on the horizon. My tip is this: get started with your profession and don't put off submitting an application indefinitely. At that time, I also worked in a bar to earn my money, at all kinds of weird times. It was pretty 'messy', but waiting for the right moment makes no sense, because it won't come. The great advantage of a contribution is that it gives you time to focus on your work and development; it takes your professional practice further.'

immense variation: from installation, painting and fashion to digital design
Niels Engel, project officer at the Mondriaan Fund, and grants officer Sharvin Ramjan at the Creative Industries Fund NL, say that the two funds complement each other (and sometimes overlap to some extent) when it comes to a contribution for talent development. For pronounced crossovers, the funds jointly have a staff member for Interdisciplinary Projects.

'We like to keep an open mind and employ a broad definition of artists,' says Engel. 'Starters in the first four years of their practice can apply to us, in all possible disciplines, from painting or performance to audiovisual installations. Nor is it exclusively reserved for people with an art academy background. Artists who followed a design education can apply as well. And also starters without this specific educational background. What's important is that you are able to clearly demonstrate a professional artistic position and practice, and a professional profile.' Niels Engel tells us that you can apply to the Mondriaan Fund all year round for the Stipendium for Emerging Artists. He has noticed an increase in the number of applications since the coronavirus crisis. 'This year, in October, there are already 200. Approximately 40% are successful and receive a grant.'

Sharvin Ramjan has this to say: 'The difference with the Mondriaan Fund is that the Creative Industries Fund NL is specially intended for designers in the first four years of their professional practice. Within this group there is an enormous variety, ranging from fashion, product design and architecture to the application of new technology in digital culture. Every year we have one Talent Development application round, and the deadline is usually in March. Of the 200 or so applications we receive, some 60 go into a second round and between 30 and 40 are awarded grants. Applicants without a diploma from design or art studies can go to the Scout Nights.'

avoid stumbling blocks: endless texts and exaggerated themes
Applying is one thing; obtaining an award succeeds in a fifth to half of cases, and sometimes seems to be an art in itself. For moderator Femke Dekker, this raises the question: which stumbling blocks should you avoid as an applicant?

Ramjan: 'Dos and don'ts? I wouldn't want to name them, because a special application always rises above the patterns of dos and don'ts. Talent development is intended for exploring new avenues, so you shouldn't be putting on blinkers.'

Engel: 'Committees are wary of receiving motivations or explanations from artists that seem to go on for ever. It's better to write something short and powerful. If you're already struggling to make your point, how can a committee understand clearly? And it's best not to dream up major themes if you don't relate to them at all in your work. It's not a prerequisite to talk about sustainability, for example. The work can just as easily be about matter. Don't feel obliged to use big words; a committee will soon see through that.

text and image in one package – compare yourself and be precise
But the point is, as a thinker in images how do you find a short and powerful formulation? Designer Kalle Wolters talks about his method: working together. Since obtaining his bachelor's degree in Illustration & Animation from the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen, he and seven others are part of the collective Studio Knetterijs. In 2018, Knetterijs received a Talent Development grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL for the special publications the collective produces: magazines that turn into posters or from which postcards and also audio works appear. Wolters has this to say: 'Clarify your thoughts, your motivation and your plans by discussing them with others and letting each other read them. This was necessary within our collective to sharpen everyone's role and to name the common identity. But if you work alone as an artist or designer, it is just as important to compare yourself, for example to a colleague who may have been awarded a grant before. Someone who's not too close to you, because if someone like that understands what you're saying, it will come across to the committee as well.'

Question from the audience: what about documentation material? Can you refer to a website or provide a link to videos? Niels Engel of the Mondriaan Fund is clear about this: the smartest thing is to upload everything you want to show together with your application, so that all the committee members are provided with your information in one package and do not need to gather information. The same applies to the Creative Industries Fund NL, where you are asked to upload a portfolio in addition to the motivation for your application.

When asked whether examples of good applications are available, moderator Femke Dekker refers to the websites of both funds. No private documents are shared there, but many examples of awarded grants are highlighted. 'These are inspiring and instructive – have a look at who the people are and seek contact if they appeal to you or you know someone. Colleagues are often willing to help each other. Dare to ask: the funds, but also among yourselves.'


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