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
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)
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
Keynote and talk with Birgitta Tazelaar, deputy Director-General for International Cooperation – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands
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.'
An eye-catching project in the context of diversity and inclusion is 'Outsiderwear' by Stichting M-ODE. Talented outsider artists with, for example, a mental disability, a psychiatric disorder or a background of homelessness are linked in this project to emerging or established fashion designers, labels and artists. In this way, M-ODE wants to bring together two completely separate circuits – the regular creative industry and the outsider art world –, offer opportunities to makers who are distanced from the employment market, and stimulate more fashion labels and designers to enter into such a collaboration.
'Discourse of a Viral Boundary' is an example of one of the selected projects that is responding well to current events. Artist and designer Pei-Ying Lin and social designer Yi-Fei Chen observe that the knowledge about a virus such as COVID-19 and dealing with it is developing rapidly. According to Lin and Chen, many people cannot keep up with this rapid change at an emotional level. That is why they are investigating whether the objects we use to create a boundary between ourselves and a virus – such as face masks, screens and disinfectants – can also be utilized for the development of consciousness and to accelerate changes in mentality.
Click here for all the projects selected in Design round 4 – 2020
The available budget in this third round was € 525,044; the original budget of € 240,000 was supplemented with € 250,000 from additional funds made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, there was underspending in the previous round, as a result of which € 35,044 was added to the available budget for this round. Ultimately 30 of the 71 subsidy applications processed received grants. This brings the percentage of applications receiving grants to 42%.