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Two open calls Venice Architecture Biennale 2020

Two open calls Venice Architecture Biennale 2020

9 October 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL present a collaboration aimed at supporting designers and promoting knowledge in the field of architecture before, during and after the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, which takes place from 23 May to 29 November 2020. Deadline open call: 20 november 2019.
Note: these open calls have ended.

The two institutions are joining forces to make the best possible use of the Venice Architecture Biennale as an international platform for topical spatial and social issues and to conceive it as a catalyst for an ongoing discussion about the significance of architecture for the way we live together. This discussion is directly related to the central question posed by curator Hashim Sarkis: How will we live together?

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL are jointly launching an open call for a public parallel programme at the Dutch pavilion on the theme of 'Multispecies Urbanism'. In addition to the joint open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL will issue another open call for projects related to the theme How will we live together? at the main locations of the architecture biennale.

Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #1 was launched on 8 October 2019 by Het Nieuwe Instituut in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL and focuses on the Dutch pavilion's public parallel programme. Het Nieuwe Instituut is responsible for the Dutch contribution to the architecture biennale. Researchers and designers are invited to submit proposals that reflect on and respond to the theme of the Dutch pavilion: Multispecies Urbanism. The selected projects will form part of the Dutch pavilion's parallel programme.

Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #2 was launched on 8 October 2019 by the Creative Industries Fund NL and focuses on the development of Dutch initiatives and projects at the main locations of the Architecture Biennale, including the Arsenale and the Giardini. Researchers and designers working in the field of architecture are invited to submit proposals that reflect on and respond to the central theme of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020: How will we live together?

click here for the two Open Calls:
Venice Architecture Biennale #1: Public parallel programme Dutch pavilion
Venice Architecture Biennale #2: Development budget main locations Biennale

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Selection Open Call Salone del Mobile 2020

14 February 2020

The Salone del Mobile 2020, one of the largest international fairs for furniture and product design, is being held in Milan this year from 21 to 26 April. In order to underline the high quality of the Dutch design sector and to strengthen the international reputation of the Dutch creative industries, the Creative Industries Fund NL called on Dutch designers to submit a proposal for a presentation during the Milanese fair week.
The Open Call Salone del Mobile 2020 yielded 32 proposals. Advisers Lucas Verweij, Marleen Engbersen and Jeroen Kramer selected 14 proposals from among them. The committee hopes that this selection will provide a broad picture of the qualities of the Dutch design field. They selected presentations in which very diverse competencies are expressed.

selection and evaluation
The following projects were selected:
A+N Salone Satellite
Tech in Process - Symposia & Preview
blowing glass (werktitel)
Thomas Eyck
Justus Bruns
3D Knitted Furniture
Studio Skrabanja
yamuna forzani
Audrey Large
Job van den Berg
Duurzame collectie Moroso
Studio Wieki Somers
Stop Making Sense
White Noise (Klaas Kuiken en Charley Reijnders)
Fungi & Stains on stairs.
Lizan Freijsen
ARBELA - a visual guide
Hozan Zangana studio
Hans Endendijk
CLAY WORKS 'Mommy I made an Ashtray
HandMade Industrials

The proposals submitted were assessed against the criteria of this call for proposals, which focus on:
• the extent to which the presentation and the designs to be shown are able to distinguish themselves in terms of artistic quality and presentation form;
• the extent to which the presentation contributes to the development of the international practice and the broadening of the applicant's field of activity;
• the expected opportunities that the presentation creates for the applicant and the Dutch creative industries;
• the expected contribution to strengthening the image of the Dutch creative industries abroad.

The advisers evaluated the proposals to gauge how consistently they were conceived and the extent to which they met the criteria of the Subsidy Regulations and this open call. The evaluation took the form of a tender: a number of proposals were preferred to the other submissions. Fourteen applications received a positive evaluation and the applications were ranked in comparison with each other. The budget allows for six proposals to be honoured.
'3D Knitted Furniture' door Studio Skrabanja

information about the evaluation and selected proposals
Everything is just right in the proposal by Alissa + Nienke: the proposal is well developed and contains innovation, artistic quality as well as potential for the industry. In the proposal by Thomas Eyck, there is appreciation for the way Christien Meindertsma approaches the task; it will probably result in interesting designs. As in previous years, the total collective behind Morph will offer a striking and diverse picture of Dutch design quality and art education in Milan. The committee appreciates the sustainable thinking behind the proposal by Studio Skrabanja, with an integrated solution for textile reuse. Both the design and the presentation are well thought out. Milan is a good platform for this, and the collaboration with the TextielMuseum and Knitting Holland inspires confidence. Sustainability also plays an important role in the proposal by Studio Wieki Somers. The committee appreciates the collaboration being entered into with Moroso. The committee expects the seating arrangement as a social intervention by Justus Bruns to contribute to awareness design. Klaas Kuiken and Charley Reijnders will also cause a stir with their new strategy. Yamuna Forzani and her entourage will certainly trigger something in Milan and allow a socio-political sound to be heard with her colourful installations and interventions within the context of Milan. The committee also expects the work and installation of Hozan Zangana to express an important message. The film installation will be an experience. The committee is looking forward to the results achieved by Envisions and the collectives' collaboration with German company Imat-Uve. The committee calls the positioning in the proposal by HandMade Industrials very powerful, and sees promising innovation in technology and form in Hans Endendijk's furniture design. It expects Milan to provide self-taught designer and furniture maker Endendijk with a good opportunity to meet the industry. The work of Job van den Berg also demonstrates a solid quality. With a carefully drawn-up plan, Milan will certainly offer him opportunities. Lizan Freijsen varies on her theme and will be able to build on her strategy with her presentation in Milan.

Unlike last year, for example, the advisers did not find all the applications equally strong. They contend that a number of proposals do not specifically address the strategy behind a presentation in Milan and that the proposals have not yet been strongly thought out and developed. In order to recoup the large investment in a presentation in Milan, a shrewd plan is very important. In a number of proposals, the advisers see signs that the approach of the applicants is too lightweight, and they miss motivation and focus about going to Milan, from the perspective of their own practice. In the enormous range of presentations that the fair week has to offer, it is very difficult to stand out and attract an audience. It requires careful preparation and strategic vision, aspects that the advisers did not see in all the proposals. The advisers also mention that they would have liked to have seen more social and societal themes, for instance sustainability, or more critical stances being taken.

A budget of € 75,000 was available for this call. The subsidies are provided from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science's intensification of international cultural policy 2018-2019.


Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries 2021-2024

13 February 2020

The Creative Industries Fund NL is providing a new subsidy option for the policy period 2021-2024. Leading Dutch institutions that contribute to the promotion of high quality, development and professionalization of contemporary design, architecture, digital culture and all possible crossovers can apply for a four-year institutional grant. This grant programme will be published on our website in January 2020. You can submit your application from 1 March 2020. The deadline is 7 May 2020. The amount of grant requested is a minimum of € 200,000 per calendar year and a maximum of € 550,000 per calendar year.
design infrastructure
In addition to the Fund's existing grant programmes for cultural institutions, such as the Activities Programmes for one or two years of support, this new four-year institutional grant programme creates an increasing chain of support possibilities for institutions within the creative industries. In this way, the Fund aims to make a resilient and dynamic design infrastructure possible.

From 1 March 2020, the Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries 2021-2024 will be available and you can submit your application using the application form. The subsidy ceiling for this grant programme will also be announced in the spring.

If you prefer to submit an application to the Activities Programme Grant Programme, it is good to know that this grant programme will have one round in 2020 with a deadline of 30 September 2020.

January 2020: Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries published
Between 1 March 2020 and 7 May 2020: Application period for Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries
4 June 2020: On the day that the Council for Culture presents the recommendations for the Basic Cultural Infrastructure, the Fund will inform applicants of the decision within this grant programme.
30 September 2020: Deadline Activities programme Grant Programme

useful to know
If you are considering applying for a four-year institutional grant, please take a look at these frequently asked questions.

'Can you submit an application to both the BIS of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Fund?
Yes, you can, but it cannot be awarded twice. In the event of a positive decision from the Council for Culture within the BIS, this means that the procedure and the advisory process with the Creative Industries Fund NL will be discontinued, even if it concerns two applications for different core activities. Conversely, in the event of a negative decision from the Council for Culture, this advice has no influence on the advisory process with the Fund.

'How does the Fund deal with the different codes?'
We expect all applicants to subscribe to the codes. In addition, with regard to the Fair Practice Code, the Diversity & Inclusion Code and the Culture Governance Code, you also clearly indicate where you stand now, what steps you intend to take between 2021 and 2024 and where you would like to be at the end of that period. You can explain how you deal with the codes in your organization, your programme and with regard to audience reach and communication.

'Can I qualify for the four-year institutional grant and additionally submit an application to another of the Fund's grant programmes?
Institutions receiving a subsidy on the basis of this grant programme are not entitled during the implementation period to any subsidies from the Design, Architecture, Digital Culture, Activities Programme and Festivals grant programmes of the Creative Industries Fund NL.

For more information and advice about which grant programme is best suited to your institution, please contact Anouk Laverge.

Open Call Residency Tanger, Morocco

13 February 2020

The Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund are jointly offering two residency periods at Think Tanger in the Moroccan city of Tanger in 2020 and 2021. Designers, makers and visual artists may submit a proposal until 20 April 2020 at the latest.
The working period at Think Tanger offers promising designers, makers and artists the space to carry out research, broaden their network and develop their own work, where the theme of 'Informal Utopias' is an important part of the residency. There are places for two designers and two visual artists. The Fund is reserving a maximum budget of € 11,000 for this open call, intended for the support of two designers.

Morocco's cultural sector is becoming increasingly internationally connected. Where previous generations of makers and artists have paved the way, a young generation of Moroccan makers and artists is taking art and culture to new heights. Currents and styles are mixed and remixed, and popular culture exists alongside established art, but they are also combined with each other. Morocco's geographical location makes it a crossroads of influences and styles. The cultural scene is co-formed by the children of migrants outside Morocco, who consciously choose to settle in Morocco in order to set up cultural projects there. In this way, a new generation of artists, designers, programme makers and curators is shaping the art and culture scene in North Africa from the inside out. Bringing together and learning from each other's perspectives, skills and values is one of the reasons for this residency.

Think Tanger
Think Tanger was founded in 2016. As a platform, Think Tanger actively questions the contemporary social and spatial effects of the city's development, exploring new forms and perspectives. Using a bottom-up approach, it addresses themes such as self-organization, street culture, identity and appropriation of public space in relation to large-scale developments. Think Tanger initiates and facilitates projects at the intersection of visual arts, crafts, design and research. In addition, participatory workshops, talks, open studios, exhibitions, podcasts and residencies are organized.

Tanger is a port city in the north of Morocco. In the last 20 years, Tanger has been undergoing major changes due to economic and industrial prosperity. This has influenced the structure of Tanger at a social, spatial and cultural level. Many of these large-scale developments lack a social and sustainable perspective and, as a result, the local population experiences only limited involvement. At the same time, there is a resilient community in Tanger that is nonetheless making the city its own. This manifests itself, for example, in the creation of collective gardens, alternative routes and self-construction. These interventions shape the city and transform the urban, social and economic fabric in a way that is defined as 'informal urbanism'. This makes Tanger a city with many different layers, a city where tradition is being challenged by renewal.

the residency
Think Tanger aims to explore and develop a critical discourse on informal practices and city fluxes in Tanger. Within this framework, Think Tanger invites designers, makers and artists to investigate the spatial dynamics of Tanger through objects, shapes, colours, textures and sound. See the Think Tanger website here.

The residents are housed in an apartment, each with their own room. The living room, bathroom and kitchen are shared. Think Tanger provides guidance on content and practical matters and connects the residents with their network. Residents also have access to the graphic Atelier Kissaria, which has a screen-printing studio at its disposal. Part of this residency is a public final presentation. The form of the final presentation is determined in consultation with the residents. During the residency period, one or two open studio sessions will be organized, to which a suitable audience will be invited. Think Tanger asks each resident to contribute to the platform's archive by leaving behind a work created during the residency period, in close consultation with the resident.

who is this residency for?
The residency can be applied for by designers and makers via the Creative Industries Fund NL, and by visual artists through the Mondriaan Fund. Per period, a designer and a maker will work at the same time at Think Tanger. Residents are expected to have a flexible and open attitude towards the context and the local people. Duos or joint ventures (temporary or otherwise) cannot apply for this residency.

amount and working period
The working periods offered are:
1 October 2020 until 31 December 2020
1 May until 31 July 2021

The preferred period of residence must be indicated on the application form. The aim is to grant the period of preference if at all possible.
A fixed contribution of € 5,500 per resident is made available for travel, material, transport and accommodation costs. The contribution includes an amount for a trip through Morocco, which takes place during a two-week break within the residency period. The resident decides the content of this trip themselves. The living accommodation rent, work space, coordination, guidance and presentation are settled directly with Think Tanger by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund.

meet-up and talk
On 11 March 2020, the Fund and the Mondriaan Fund are organizing a meet-up for interested parties in Rotterdam. Co-founder of Think Tanger, Hicham Bouzid, will give a talk on Morocco and there will be an opportunity to ask questions about the open call. Do you want to stay informed about this meet-up with further details? Sign up here.

The deadline for submitting an application for a working period is Monday 20 April 2020. Applications must be written in English. Designers and makers can apply via the online application environment of the Creative Industries Fund NL. Visual artists can submit applications via the online application system of the Mondriaan Fund. Please note: Request your login details for the online application environment in time and become familiar with the application form. Validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.

Read more information about the open call here.

Four scouts in search of new talent

6 February 2020

Marian Duff, Meryem Slimani, Jess Oberlin and Saïd Belhadj have been appointed by the Fund as scouts for the Open Call Scout Nights. Through this call, makers who have built their practice outside the usual route for the design sector will have the opportunity to pitch their work during a scout night. If selected, they may then apply for a Talent Development grant.
In the run-up to the scout nights, Marian Duff, Meryem Slimani, Jess Oberlin and Saïd Belhadj, together with the Fund, will each invite a maximum of ten makers to make a pitch. These are makers with an emerging practice in the field of design, architecture and/or digital culture or a practice on the borders of these disciplines. In this way, the Fund enables designers and makers from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds to develop further artistically and to professionalize their design practice.

more about the scouts
Marian Duff (1977, Paramaribo, Suriname) is founder and director of the Open Space Contemporary Art Museum (OSCAM). She founded the institution as a pop-up museum to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Bijlmer and it is now a long-term open space where the neighborhood residents can meet artists and their work. Duff also has a background in fashion and is co-owner of MAFB, the concept driven community for fashion, innovation and more. With MAFB she invests in emerging creative talents that have an innovative approach to fashion. Marian Duff: 'Our view of fashion is determined by diversity, or on the contrary, the lack of diversity. There are plenty of challenges ahead of us.'

Meryem Slimani (1983, Meknes, Morocco) studied cultural sciences at Erasmus University and in practice has developed into a stylist and art director. She works on a freelance basis with various organizations, designers and photographers. In addition, she works part-time at Theater Zuidplein, where she is responsible for partnerships and fund-raising. She has an active Instagram account with over 38,000 followers. Meryem Slimani: 'Diversity and inclusiveness are needed, there's enough room for everyone and it's high time the establishment made room for new talent.'

Jess Oberlin (1987, Canada) is a fashion designer and founder of the Eindhoven-based inclusive pop-up platform Plasma. With her clothing brand JØ and Plasma events, she makes an underlayer in the city visible that must and may be seen. From her own experience, she knows what it feels like to fall just outside the box between all the disciplines. She sees many opportunities to bring about change here. 'The challenge in Eindhoven lies in making emerging talent visible and connecting, and in nourishing a climate through education and acceptance instead of standing still in a climate of blind tolerance.'

Saïd Belhadj (1974, Utrecht) is co-founder of Puha Shop, a shop in Utrecht, but above all a platform for young Dutch designers. In addition, he has been working since 2015 on the development of the Raphia craft project, a shoe made from natural materials in collaboration with Moroccan craftspeople. Said Belhadj: 'It's always good to ask yourself at the start of a project: how inclusive are we? It's not always that automatic, actually. The moment you ask yourself this question, you're consciously paying attention to it. Diversity and inclusiveness enrich people, so it would be good if they could penetrate deep inside us and become the general situation.'

take part?
To compete for a place on the scout nights, we ask makers to submit a portfolio and CV via our online application environment by 6 March 2020 at the latest. More information about the open call can be found here.

Open Call Scout Nights

3 February 2020

Are you a maker or designer with an emerging practice in the field of design, architecture and/or digital culture who would like to apply for a talent development grant, but you have not completed regular studies in an artistic discipline? In this case, submit your portfolio for one of the scout nights organized by the Creative Industries Fund NL within the framework of the Talent Development grant programme. The deadline is 6 March 2020.
During the scout nights, makers who have built their practice outside the usual route for the design sector will have the opportunity to pitch their work in front of a small jury and apply for the first round of the Talent Development grant programme. This year we are organizing scout nights in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Utrecht. For each scout night, a maximum of ten makers are invited to pitch their idea on the basis of their portfolio.

If you would like to compete for a place on a scouting night, please submit your portfolio (maximum 15 pages) and your CV (maximum 2 pages) via our online application environment. A portfolio may also consist of an Instagram account or video. The deadline is 6 March 2020, at 23:59.

The Open Call Scout Nights takes place within the framework of the Talent Development grant programme. With this grant programme, the Fund stimulates a new generation of designers and makers in the further development and profiling of their own exceptional design practice. The scout nights are specifically intended for designers and makers who have not followed or completed regular art education. In this way, the Fund enables designers and makers from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds to develop further artistically and professionalize their design practice.

The budget for this open call is € 12,000. This allows up to three participants per city to be selected. Those selected will each receive € 1,000 for drawing up a development plan to be submitted for the second round of the grant application. The scout nights are private and take place between 6 and 10 April. Click here for an impression of the Scout Nights 2019.

If you are selected during one of the scout nights, you will receive € 1,000 to write a development plan for a grant of € 24,000. This plan will be assessed in the second and final round of the Talent Development grant programme by the advisory committee of this grant programme, together with the plans it selected in the first round as part of the regular procedure. In this second round, the committee selects a maximum of 35 makers for a talent development grant.

online application environment
Via the online application environment, fill in the form to participate in one of the scout nights, and attach your portfolio and CV. For this, you need to create a personal account. Please note: do this in good time, validation of a new user account by the Fund can take up to one working day and can only take place during working days.

Do you have any questions? See if these are answered in the frequently asked questions on our website or contact Sharvin Ramjan, Talent Development grant officer, or the scout in your area.

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