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Selection Open Call: Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2

Selection Open Call: Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2

27 March 2019

In September last year, the Creative Industries Fund NL issued the Open Call Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2. Dutch designers and cultural organizations were asked to submit a plan for a project, intervention or trajectory that deploys design for more inclusive societies in Turkey, Morocco, Egypt or Russia. An interdisciplinary committee with expertise in the countries concerned selected 16 projects from 38 proposals.
Approaching from different angles and disciplines, the 16 selected projects focus on new relationships between identity, street culture, public space and the relationship between the city and the countryside. The project forms are diverse and range from design research (including field research) and speculative design to a festival. Based on design (design, digital culture and architecture), the teams discuss and investigate themes such as gentrification, visual identity, upcycling, data ownership and privacy, migration and the future of crafts. The projects are context-specific and the selected international teams work together with different communities.

The number of entries for this second open call was almost evenly distributed across the four countries, with fourteen applications for Morocco standing out. In addition, nine applications related to Turkey, six to Egypt and nine to Russia. Four projects per country were selected for the initial phase, with the possibility of submitting a follow-up application for the second phase. Below you can read about the striking elements in the entries per country.

Morocco is a country rich in crafts and this was reflected in the applications. Six of the fourteen focused on the future and development of the crafts of fashion and textiles, two on digital culture and six on architecture. The country is versatile and consists of many contrasts. Each region has its own craft and specialization: Fes and the surrounding area is known for its ceramics, leather and wool while in Southern Morocco there is a great deal of work with wood and raphia and a rich history of carpet weaving. The applications focus on various social issues that are topical in Morocco, such as the position of women in the public domain, the distribution of resources and prosperity, the meaning of heritage and contemporary developments, road safety, and mobility and immigration. The projects submitted take place in different regions in the country. In general, there was limited involvement of Moroccan partners in the proposed collaborations. The selected projects touch on interesting and contemporary themes in terms of content, work together with local communities and professionals and have the potential to find a good balance in reciprocity and balanced partnership in international collaboration.

Selected projects in Morocco:
A SQUARE METER BERBER – Mina Abouzahra and Nina Mohammad-Galbert
QANAT: a training for the not yet – Jeanne van Heeswijk and Le 18
New Geographies of the Mediterranean Sea – Manon Bachelier, Justine Daquin and Zoé Le Voyer
Tangier: Facets of a Mediterranean Intersection – Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra Foundation, Mahal Art Space, Ecole Nationale d'Architecture and Atelier Kissaria

Compared to the first open call, the projects submitted for Russia are very diverse in terms of themes. A large number targets the public space. But journalism was also central to one of the applications; it examined the mainstream media from a design perspective. The projects that use a special way of working and questioning were notable. For example, there are projects that conduct speculative research into the identity of a region and the possible relationship that people can have with it. Field research and collaboration with communities are typical of the selected projects. The committee found the projects that work in a cross-disciplinary way refreshing, especially collaborations between different cultural and artistic disciplines. It expects these to lead to innovative results that contribute to the meaning of inclusive societies in urban and rural areas in the Russian context.

Selected projects Russia:
Murmansk Project –Sonic Acts Foundation and Friday Milk
Who owns the river? - Observatorium Partnership and Street Art Research Institute St. Petersburg
What do landscapes say? Speculating on the diversity of landscapes and identity - Nomaos
Palaces of Culture in the former USSR - DVN Architect, Voronezh State Technical University, municipality of Voronezh, communities in Voronezh
A SQUARE METER BERBER by Mina Abouzahra and Nina Mohammad-Galbert

The situation in Egypt is complicated. Freedom of movement and possibilities for national and international exchange have changed in recent years. Despite the difficult situation and restrictions, the cultural sector in Egypt is very active, lively and critical. There are many grass-roots initiatives, organizations and collectives that know how to deal tactically with collaborations and support and that set up and carry out their activities strategically. The committee noticed that these initiatives were not strongly represented in the applications submitted. In addition, it was striking that five of the six applications submitted focused on Cairo and only one on Alexandria. The quality of the applications and the degree of detailing varied greatly. In the selected projects, the committee sees opportunities to involve more young Egyptian designers, artists and makers in the further development phase.

Selected projects Egypt:

We Are Data – Impakt Foundation and Cairotronica
Papyrus and New Media – Ba7r, Khatt Foundation and Megawra
Aseel – DecoType and Al-Qalam
(Re)model citizens – Elke Uitentuis, Wouter Osterholt, communities in Antikhana, CLUSTER, Takween and Megawra

The applications submitted target several locations in Turkey: Izmir, Istanbul, Ankara, Eskeshir and Antep, close to the Syrian border. Overall, the quality of the applications was good. There was a great variety of themes and disciplines, encompassing textile design, illustration, design for public space, games and VR. A number of proposals lacked cultural relevance in the methodology, purpose or collaboration. The committee is positive about the selected proposals with regard to the degree of reciprocity in the Turkish-Dutch cooperation. The projects address the sustainable social effects in Turkey and are open to learning from the Turkish perspective for similar challenges in the Netherlands. The committee expects this aspect to be developed and detailed more strongly in the initial phase.

Selected projects Turkey:
Tradition as a Making Tool – Space Crafters and Cross Change
Inclusive regenerated fashion in Turkey – Knitwear Lab and Bersa Triko
No Seat At The Table – Minem Sezgin, Stüdyo 501 and Bant Mag
POMACE: Learning Circularity from Olive – Random Works, Studio FG, Melis Baloglu Design, Zeytince Association, Can Gunduz, Bilge Demirtas and the municipality of Karaburun

Papyrus and New Media door Ba7r, Khatt Foundation and Megawra

composition of the committee
The four components of the open call are each specifically targeted at one of the four countries, and together they form part of a single programme. It was therefore decided to set up a special committee which would include experts working in the creative industry and with the ability to think in an interdisciplinary way per country. Given the diversity of disciplines in the applications, two advisors with expertise in the fields of digital culture and design were also involved. The committee consists of:

Committee chair: Petra Stienen – publicist, independent consultant and Arabist. She has written two books on the Middle East: 'Dreaming of an Arab Spring' (2008) and 'The Other Arabic Sound' (2012). From 1995 to 1999, Petra worked as a diplomat in the press and culture department at the Dutch Embassy in Egypt.
Turkey advisor: Merve Bedir – architect and co-founder of MAD, a centre dedicated to spatial justice in Istanbul. Bedir is a member of Matbakh-Mutfak, a transnational women's collective based in Gaziantep and is involved in Future+ / Aformal Academy, an independent school for art and urban design in Shenzhen.
Russia advisor: Eva Radionova – landscape architect and founder of Novascape, curator of Russian-Dutch exchange projects, guest lecturer at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Egypt advisor: Arthur Steiner – programme leader at HIVOS, art historian and Arabist with a practice at the interface of visual arts, design and technology. Steiner has set up various art spaces and exchange programmes in collaboration with local parties in the Middle East and is in Egypt several times a year for this purpose.
Morocco advisor: Saïd Belhaj – founder of Raphia, a line of shoes for which he collaborates with artisans in Southern Morocco on the design and natural techniques, including painting techniques. Belhaj is co-founder of PUHA, a boutique with work by more than 50 Dutch fashion designers who focus on sustainable materials and production techniques.
Digital Culture advisor: Janine Huizinga – Head of Interactive / Media / Design at the KABK in The Hague and co-founder of Creative Cooperative and the European Street Design Challenge. Huizinga has undertaken several projects in Russia and Egypt. Until 2009 she was artistic director at the Waag.
Design advisor: Yassine Salihine – industrial designer, lecturer in design research at the Industrial Design master at the KABK. In his practice Salihine develops concepts, designs and strategic design and forecasting for different sectors. Salihine has a background in investigative journalism.

Within the policy framework of the International Cultural Policy 2017-2020 (objective 2) and with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Creative Industries Fund NL implements a four-year programme entitled 'Inclusive cities and societies through design'. Central to the programme is the role and commitment of design (and design thinking) in questioning and providing solutions for rapid urbanization and the associated social themes. Cross-disciplinary working with relevant stakeholders in Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco is encouraged, both within the design disciplines and elsewhere. The programme is aimed at offering opportunities for equal collaboration between these countries and the Netherlands, and strengthening trust and understanding.

Photo at the top: Murmansk Project – Stichting Sonic Acts and Friday Milk

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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.
Prior to the plenary program we organized a meeting for all designers and makers who received a talentdevelopment grant from the Fund this year.
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
Moderator Stephanie Afrifa introduced the speakers.
Executive director Syb Groeneveld looked back at the past year, presented the 2018 annual report and introduced the plans for the coming period.
Joris van Ballegooijen, coordinator Digital Culture and Immerse\Interact, listed the options that the Fund has to offer for makers and storytellers.
Andrea Kristić, grant officer Design, opened the conversation about sustainability in the fashion sector.
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.
An important part of Bring it on! were the speed dates with employees of the Fund, an employee of Fonds Kwadraat and the BNO.
Eva Roolker, coordinator Design, lauched the second Open Call Interior and Interdisciplinarity.
Designer Siba Sahabi and consultant Aslı Çiçek reflected on the profession in the context of the Open Call Interior and Interdisciplinarity.
Jetske van Oosten, programme manager Health care and Education, about the importance of the Open Call Designing a Community of Care.
Designer Manon van Hoeckel and Gijsbert van Herk (chairman of Humanitas) talked about commissioning in healthcare.
Designers Joana Chicau and Sofija Stanković (TeYosh) received a Talentdevelopment grant from the Fund and explained what this brought them.
Zineb Seghrouchni, programme manager Internationalization, told the public about remix and sampling as a method for innovative design.
Farida Sedoc and Navin Thakoer used remix and sampling as a method in their work and told about their practice.
Initiators Brigitte van der Sande from Other Futures 2020 and Shirin Mirachor from Get Me - for today's activist explained their festival programming.

Photos: Aad Hoogendoorn
Film: Robbie van Zoggel


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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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