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Talent Development Grant Programme conditions broadened for architects

Talent Development Grant Programme conditions broadened for architects

14 February 2019

From now on, starting architects, urban designers, garden and landscape architects and interior architects may submit applications to the Talent Development Grant Programme up to four years after their registration in the Architects' Register.
To be eligible for the Talent Development grant, applicants must not have graduated more than four years ago. For architects and related disciplines, this condition proved to have a limiting effect. Since 31 December 2014, they are required to gain two years' professional experience before they can be registered in the Architects' Register and are allowed to use the protected title of architect, urban designer, garden and landscape architect or interior architect.

So from now on, The Fund will regard registration in the Architects' Register as the moment of graduation. Starting architects, urban designers, garden and landscape architects and interior architects may submit applications to the Talent Development Grant Programme up to four years after being included in the register.

By broadening the conditions of the Talent Development Scheme for architects and related disciplines, the Fund hopes to lower the threshold and receive more applications for the working grant from this group. The number of applications from architects lags behind those submitted by designers and makers working in design and digital culture. The broadening of the conditions also offers architects greater opportunity to formulate their own vision on spatial and social developments before submitting an application. Given the complexity of their field, this takes more time than in other fields.

The deadline for applying for Talent Development grants for 2020 is 6 March 2019. Are you interested in knowing who has received support in recent years through the Talent Development Grant Programme? Platform Talent gives an overview of all the supported designers and makers.

Foto above: Arna Mačkić graduated in 2010 from the department of Architectural Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and was supported for the Talent Development Grant Programme in 2014.

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Open Call Residency in Arita, Japan 2020

20 July 2019

In 2020, Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund are once again jointly offering two residency periods in the Japanese ceramics region of Saga. The funds invite designers and artists to submit a proposal by 2 September 2019 at the latest.
The residency in Japan offers highly promising artists and designers the leeway to conduct artistic and technical research and to develop their personal work, which must also lead to intensive interaction with the relevant porcelain manufacturers in the region. An important guiding principle for this residency is to learn special techniques within Japan's oldest ceramics industry and employ them in their own work.

The highly particular Arita porcelain is renowned for its superior quality, most notably the hand-painting it involves. The porcelain industry and the tradition of porcelain painting has existed since 1616. Arita is a small town in the Saga prefecture on Kyushu, which is Japan's third largest island.

The Dutch designer duo Scholten & Baijings and Japanese designer Teruhiro Yanagihara are involved with this celebration as artistic directors of the Arita 2016 project. They have established this residency in association with the Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL in order to stimulate crossovers and experimentation, as well as to initiate new collaborations between Dutch artists & designers and Japanese potteries.

Designers Jan Broekstra, Floris Wubben and artists Henri Jacobs and Ruta Butkute de Roo stayed at the Arita residence in 2016. In 2017, artists Susan Kooi and Helen Frik and designers Tijmen Smeulders and Aliki van der Kruis worked there.
In the summer of 2018 designers Bas van Beek, Franciska Meijers and artists Tilmann Meyer-Faje and Isabel Ferrand will stay in Saga for three months. In 2019 designers Dinie Besems and Viktor Hachmang and artists Antye Günther and duo Heringa/Van Kalsbeek went to Japan.

for who?
The residency can be applied for only by visual artists (via the Mondriaan Fund) or designers (via Creative Industries Fund NL). For applications by duos or cooperatives, each individual involved must submit a separate application. A duo is understood as two artists or designers who produce work together on a structural basis. Duos (project-specific or longer-term) are regarded as collaborations if they submit a joint plan that leads to a single outcome for the work period. In addition, a duo must be prepared to live and work in a single, somewhat confined space.

The artists/designers are expected to possess some basic knowledge of working with ceramics. There is no need for a concrete project proposal, but a good description of plans and ideas that the applicant wants to execute during the work period.

the work period and financial support
The work periods being offered are:

1 June until 31 August 2020
1 September until 30 November 2020

Your preferred residency period should be indicated in your application. If possible, this preference will be respected.

A sum of €9,500 is available for travel, materials and transportation expenses for each period. The residents should reserve €1,500 to remunerate the potters for their guidance during the work process. The costs of the studio, the living space and support will be paid directly to Arita by the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo.

The proposal can be submitted via the Fund's online application environment. Select the round 'Open Call Residency Arita, Japan 2020'.

more information
Read more information about the open call here.


Selection Open Call Fresh Perspectives #3

17 July 2019

Of the 30 proposals received by the Fund in response to the third Fresh Perspectives Open Call, six new proposals have been selected for a development contribution. This call concerns special forms of collaboration between a designer, maker or studio and a party with a strong social or knowledge position.
The entries were submitted to an independent committee consisting of Albert Herder, architect at STUDIONINEDOTS and lecturer at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam; René Post, researcher and entrepreneur in the field of digital culture; Yassine Salihine, designer and lecturer in design research at KABK; and Marieke Rietbergen, founder of the Design Innovation Group.

social relevance
The proposals submitted show that the social involvement and ambition of the designers is undiminished. Noticeably often, the focus is on creating awareness of a specific issue among a wider public, for instance urban drought, the lack of access to the housing market for homeless people or the functioning of food chains. But a large number of practical design solutions have also been devised. This is evident, for example, in the selected project by Echter Ontwerp, in which they develop and test a game together with Spirit Jeugdhulp. This game makes the first months of placing a child in a foster family less stressful for both parties. The proportion of projects with a 'green' theme remains high as well. Approximately half of the applications have sustainability, biodiversity and/or climate change as themes. Four of these were selected by the committee. In the field of sustainability, Anthroponix, together with Wageningen University, is developing a product that collects human urine and converts it biologically into a usable fertilizer. While Atelier NL, in collaboration with Bosgroep Zuid, is conducting research into sustainable, local wood production in the Netherlands. Two projects aim to strengthen biodiversity and, as a result, make the built environment literally and figuratively greener: Hosper BV, together with Architectuur Maken and GEP, a company specializing in the sustainable drainage and storage of rainwater, is developing a green drainpipe and Studio Natuur Inclusive and Vogelbescherming are joining forces to strengthen the biodiversity of bird species in 1970s and 1980s neighbourhoods. Finally, a project was selected that focuses on the sustainability and resilience of life without the sun: Oscar Santillan is designing and building a Greenhouse Observatory in collaboration with Leiden University. Algae are grown here using only starlight as an energy source.

The committee evaluated the applications on the basis of the relevance of the assignment, the purpose and set-up of the project, the quality of the work of the designers and the structure of the collaboration. The applications that were not selected fell short on one or more criteria in comparison with the selected projects. Unfortunately, the committee had to conclude that the quality of the entries this year was generally slightly lower than in the previous editions. According to the committee, many applications were leaning towards regular project proposals and lacked the new, surprising perspective that is specifically looked for in this call. It would like to see even more talented designers among the applicants, who are able to find the social connection with a distinctive idea and the right collaboration partner. Like last year, the committee notes that the presentation of the project results should more often take place outside the usual for the design sector, and more among potential users or relevant industries. In many of the proposals, again like last time, the committee was unable to find a positioning of the designer, especially in relation to similar initiatives. Finally, the committee notes with regret that in the area of digital culture and fashion, there were few or no applications this year.

The selected projects for this third edition of the open call show the breadth and possibilities of the creative industry, especially in the areas of methodology and application of design ideas. The advisory committee has confidence in the quality of the selected proposals. In the second phase, a maximum of four of the six selected projects will receive a follow-up grant. The committee wishes the makers a great deal of enjoyment and success with the development phase of the projects and looks forward to the presentation of the results and the pitch for the designers' follow-up project at the end of the year.

The selected projects are:

WildHout-WildWood, Atelier NL
Regenerating Ecologies, Anthroponix
Greenhouse Observatory (working title), Oscar Santillan
Stilstaan, inchecken, thuiskomen | Voor het afbreken van breakdowns in de pleegzorg, Echter Ontwerp
De Groene Regenpijp, Hosper
De Stad als Toevluchtsoord, Studio Natuur Inclusief


4 July: Meet-up Moscow

27 June 2019

On Thursday, 4 July, Creative Industries Fund NL and the Dutch Embassy organise a meet-up in Moscow around the projects selected from a series of open calls, issued by the Fund. Six Dutch-Russian teams run cultural projects in which design (thinking) plays a role in contributing to more inclusive cities and societies in several places in Russia. Feel welcome to join our meet-up, if you're curious about how Dutch-Russian teams work on urban issues from different perspectives.
During this meet-up the Russian team members of the six design teams will share insights on the themes they are working on related to street culture, identity, citizenship, heritage, appropriation of public space and new relationships between the city and the countryside. It is a joint learning programme to share knowledge on how design can contribute to these issues from a cultural starting point.

meet-up Moscow
The meet-up is being held from 3 to 5 PM on Thursday, 4 July 2019.

time: 3 to 5 PM (EEST), with refreshments. Doors open at 3 PM.
venue: Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands, Kalashny pereulok 6
language: English
RSVP: [email protected]

Please make sure you have a valid ID with you, else you can't enter.

presentation programme
The Samarsky Yard - Samara State University, several Russian experts and Schiemann Weyers architects
In the post-socialist city of Samara, the historical centre is being demolished. Consisting of historical heritage, the 'Wooden City' and the courtyards within it have much value for the identity of the city. Only a small, select group of citizens is actively against the destruction of the historical buildings and values. In this project, the team investigates how to bridge the gap between the campaign groups, citizens, developers, and authorities.

New Urban Media Centre in Yekaterinburg - SVESMI and Municipal Association of Libraries (MAL), the culture department of the municipality of Yekaterinburg and The July 16 Agency
The project builds on the physical structure of municipal libraries remaining from the socialist welfare system that continue to have a strong social role and reputation. However, the network of libraries is in need of renewal in order to better connect with contemporary society. The team wants to transform one of these libraries into a prototype in which design, new technology and cultural programming are used to create a new public space.

The following projects will give a short pitch, since they have only recently finished a start phase and awaiting to start up the next phase.

Murmansk ProjectFriday Milk and Sonic Acts
Sonic Acts Foundation and Friday Milk are giving young, talented Russian and Dutch makers in the field of Digital Culture the opportunity to create new work that would help the locals to feel more connected to the identity of their city.

Who owns the river?Street Art Research Institute and Maatschap Observatorium
In 'Who owns the river?', Maatschap Observatorium and Street Art Research Institute St. Petersburg link the twin cities of Rotterdam and St. Petersburg on the basis of a shared interest in developing the public space along the riverbank.

What do Landscapes say?Nomaos
Nomaos is a diverse group of young Russian and Dutch researchers and designers who are investigating the diverse relationships between landscapes and identities in Russia. Starting form an exemplary case study.

Palaces of Culture in the former USSR - DVN Architect, Voronezh State Technical University, municipality of Voronezh
DVN Architect is conducting typological research for new functions and identities for Palaces of Culture in Russia. The Palaces of Culture form a network of buildings remaining from the Soviet times.

Photo above: Khalid Amakran

Open Call Talent Development in International Context 2019

25 June 2019

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites architects, designers, makers, critics and/or curators with an exemplary and/or distinctive practice in the creative industry to submit a project application for an international project. A stipulation for support is that the project involves a collaboration and presentation with an international institution, organization or company with an excellent reputation. With the Open Call for Talent Development in an International Context, the Fund is stimulating the artistic and professional development of designers who are embarking on an exceptional collaboration with a foreign partner. This is the second open call in a series of three that will be issued each autumn through to 2020.
open call set-up
For this open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 75,000 available in 2019. Depending on the project, the collaborations can take a diversity of forms, for instance a research project, presentation or residency. The Fund is making a fixed sum of € 12,500 available for a residency or € 25,000 for other forms of collaboration.

The stipulations for being eligible for a grant are:
the project should take place largely or entirely outside the Netherlands;
the designer/maker/architect must have an exemplary and/or distinctive practice;
the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice that is registered in the Netherlands;
the foreign partner enjoys an excellent reputation;
there needs to be a reasonable amount of co-funding, of which a substantial proportion will be contributed by the foreign partner;
a form of presentation that is relevant for the project is included at the conclusion of the process;
there is no question of a commissioner/client relationship between the two parties.

You can find an overview here and here of projects that were supported in previous rounds of the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context:

The application can be submitted until Wednesday 4 September 2019 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment.

more information
Find more information about the Open Call here.

CityLab: local action or international movement?

5 June 2019

In the context of the WeMakeThe.City festival, Creative Industries Fund NL and Play the City are organizing 'CityLab: local action or international movement' in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. This session takes place during the Urban conference Common Ground on Wednesday 19 June 2019, from 14.30 – 16.30. Experts from the Netherlands and Turkey share their experiences of new forms of co-creation and the impact of CityLabs on the future development of our built environment.
About 50 CityLabs (Stadslabs) have been mobilized since 2014 in Dutch cities by the Creative Industries Fund NL. Bringing design and co-creation to the formulation of socially and environmentally inclusive strategies, Dutch cities will continue the movement under the programme: 'Anders Werken aan de Stad, Dorp en Land' (a different approach to the city, village and country). This programme focuses on local governments and concentrates on the co-creative approach to 'city-making'. Local governments build up a CityLab together with designers, all the possible stakeholders and the residents, and work in a co-creative process to address current spatial and social issues in their own municipality.

While CityLabs are maturing and developing new forms of co-creation processes, similar spaces for local action are developing worldwide. They are becoming an integral part of the official unilateral planning we know from last century.

What could the impact of CityLabs be in the future? Could they become a worldwide movement? What is the position of CityLabs within the international context? What are potential roles for a CityLab in diverse political regimes? With guests from Turkey, we focus on the case of the Mersin CityLab currently being established, while looking into the future of CityLabs in the second decade of the 21st century.

Photo above: Ekim Tan

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