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Open Call Architecture Biennale Venice 2018 #2

Open Call #2 Development Budget

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers to submit a proposal for participation in the 16th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, which is being held from 26 May to 25 November 2018. Researchers and designers in the field of architecture are invited to submit proposals for the development of initiatives and projects that make a meaningful contribution to one of the main venues, such as the Arsenale or the country pavilions in the Giardini. Deadline is Wednesday 8 November 2017.

With the title FREESPACE, general curators of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, address the relation between architecture and society. To read the press release about the FREESPACE theme, click here.

conditions
A precondition for this open call is a detailed motivation from an inviting party and/or curator. The development budget is intended to support studies/projects that make a physical/spatial contribution to the exploration of the theme FREESPACE during the Architecture Biennale in Venice. For example:

a follow-up or complement to a completed or ongoing research project;
designing and exhibiting an existing or ongoing research project/experiment during the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018;
projects that focus on the sharing of knowledge, such as a publication, event or symposium.

Please note:
funding for the presentation of projects during the Venice Architecture Biennale can be applied for by way of the Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #3, to be published in February 2018.
projects that receive a grant under the Open Calls Venice Architecture Biennale #1 and or #2 are not eligible for a grant for presentation costs by way of Open Call #3.

aims and objectives
With this Open Call, Creative Industries Fund NL aims to showcase the excellent quality of Dutch architecture and urban planning at a prominent international event. Grants are awarded within the framework of the Grant Programme for Architecture, with which the Fund strives to achieve the following objectives:
reinforce the social value of architecture from a cultural perspective
foster quality in architecture
stimulate interest in architecture in the Netherlands and abroad

applications
Proposals must be submitted via the Fund’s online application environment by the deadline of Wednesday, 8 November 2017. In the pull-down menus select the ‘Open Call’ option, then the 17AF round: ‘Venice Architecture Biennale #2 _Development Budget’.

N.B. Request your log-in for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. Validation of a new user account can take up to one workday.

The project proposal must include:
a concise description of the project’s aims and objectives;
your personal motivation for participation in the biennale;
a description of the venue;
relevant visual documentation material of the work of those involved and images that provide an impression of the proposed project;
a realistic budget, including a clear statement of the status of any co-funding;
a concise communications plan with a description of target groups and engagement with this audience;
appendix I: CV (max. 2 pages per proposal);
appendix II: a copy of proof of registration with the KvK/Chamber of Commerce that is dated within the last year;
appendix III: a detailed motivation from the inviting party and/or curator;

The project proposal is a PDF document in A4 format, a maximum of 10 pages (appendices excluded) and no larger than 10 MB. If a submission fails to meet the requirements outlined above, then it will not be eligible for evaluation.

evaluation
The fund selects several proposals from the eligible submissions, working in close consultation with external advisers and employing the following criteria:
the degree to which the project relates to the Venice Architecture Biennale’s theme;
the relevance for contemporary design practice;
the degree to which content and presentational form are complementary and distinctive;

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: a number of proposals will be prioritized within the available budget. The Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals and will enter into no correspondence about the rejection of individual proposals.

A maximum budget of €50,000 is available for this Open Call. Creative Industries Fund NL expects to support a minimum of two projects with a maximum grant of €25,000 per project.

procedure
this grant procedure with three Open Calls is the only opportunity to receive a grant from Creative Industries Fund NL for participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018;
applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail within a week after the deadline;
the Fund will endeavour to make an announcement by early December;
the Fund will contact the selected parties by email;
the selected proposals will be announced by e-mail and in the Fund’s newsletter;
to receive a grant you must be registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK). If that is not the case, then it is still possible for you to register with the KvK subsequent to selection;
for this Open Call there is no opportunity to submit a draft proposal to the Fund for feedback.

The Open Call’s procedural and legal basis is set out in Creative Industries Fund NL’s Subsidy Regulations and Grant Programme for Architecture.

questions
For questions about the Open Call and the application procedure, please contact:
Gabriella Fiorentini, Grant Programme for Architecture, g.fiorentini@stimuleringsfonds.nl, or 010-4361600.

further information
Further details and questions connected to this Open Call will be addressed by Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL at the event Machines of Freedom on 26 October 2017, 11.00–13.00, at Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week.