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Open Call Residency MMCA, Seoul 2017

The Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL are jointly offering work periods at the MMCA Residency run by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea: one for a visual artist and one for a designer. Submit your proposal by 30 September 2016 at the latest.

During the residency, designers and visual artists can realize a personal project or research that will lead to the enrichment of his or her personal practice. At the same time the residency offers the opportunity to extend your network and immerse yourself in the Korean art and culture sector. A sum of €10,000 is available for each period, to cover travel and living expenses as well as materials. The rental of the studio and the supervision is covered by the MMCA.

The work periods being offered are:
- 17 January to 28 April 2017
- 11 May to 30 August 2017

The preferred period should be mentioned in your proposal, and where possible this will be respected. The grant will be issued as of 1 December 2016, so that preparations for the residency can already be undertaken in the Netherlands.

Information about the residency
This residency is run by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, South Korea. The MMCA Residency Changdong has nine studios, two exhibition spaces and a large open-air space where it is possible to work. The residents are part of an (inter)national residency programme, where alongside Korean artists there are usually two or three international artists in residence. The MMCA organizes a ‘field trip’ for the (inter)national artists and designers during each residency period. It also organizes Open Studios and there are regular studio visits, from MMCA’s curators and others. Furthermore, the international residents can follow a course in Korean for free. The studio has a floor area of about 55 m2 and has basic furniture, including a single bed. The kitchen, toilets and showers are shared with other residents. This residency is not suitable for artists or designers who work as duos, nor is it possible for a partner or child(ren) to stay at the studio. In 2016 this residency was taken up by designer Timon van der Hijden and by fine artist Tim Breukers. For further information about South Korea, consult this PDF (in Dutch only).

In 2015 and 2016 the Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL are joining forces in South Korea, with the aim of establishing new ties between the cultural realms in the Netherlands and South Korea, or consolidating existing ties and boosting the cultural image of the Netherlands. By means of this Open Call, the funds are also endeavouring to contribute to the practice-oriented enrichment and development of Dutch designers and artists.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 30 September 2016. Designers can submit an application via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment. Fine artists can submit an application via the Mondriaan Fund’s website.

Submissions by designers
The application must be made in English, because of the final selection by the MMCA. You must submit your project proposal in the online application environment, choosing the ‘Open Call’ option followed by the ‘Residency MMCA Seoul’ option from the drop-down menus. The English-language project proposal must consist of:
• a description of your own project or research that is focused on the enrichment of your (personal) practice. This must at least include a clear-cut description of the project’s structure and purpose;
• motivation;
• an explanation of how the work produced during and after the working period will be made presented to the public and how you as a designer want to build, expand and mobilize your network at the location in question;
• appendix I: Visual documentation of your portfolio (max. 15 pages);
• appendix II: CV (max. 2 pages);
• appendix III: Proof of registration from a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) that is no more than one year old.

The project proposal must be submitted as a PDF document in A4 format that is no larger than 5 MB. If the submission fails to meet the criteria above, then its contents cannot be evaluated. N.B. Request your login details for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. The validation of a new user account can take up to one workday.

Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund will each select a project proposal for the residency from the submissions in consultation with external advisors. The advisors will base their opinion on the following criteria:

to what degree the plan makes a meaningful contribution the residency’s aims and objectives: the realization of your own project or research that is focused on the enrichment of your (personal) practice;
to what degree the plan is consistent in its structure and purpose;
the designer’s artistic qualities;
the motivation for participation.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: a single proposal will eventually be preferred above the others. The residency is only open to designers who are 25 years old or over.

The Open Call procedure is described in the Fund’s General Subsidy Regulations. For questions regarding the Open Call and/or procedure for designers, please contact Martijn van der Mark, Head of Grants, via m.vandermark@stimuleringsfonds.nl or tel. 010-4361600.

Further information
In order to receive a grant you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK). If that is not the case, then it is still possible to register subsequent to selection.
There is no opportunity to submit a draft of the proposal to the Fund’s secretariat for advice.
Applicants will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail within a week after the deadline.
The selected proposal will be announced during week 44 at the latest, by e-mail and in the Fund’s newsletter.