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Open Call Scout Nights

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.

If you have any questions, please contact the scout of the city where you would like to pitch your work. The scouts are:
Marian Duff, Amsterdam
Meryem Slimani, Rotterdam
Jess Oberlin, Eindhoven
Saïd Belhadj, Utrecht

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.

The scout nights are specifically aimed at designers, makers or researchers living in the Netherlands, who are not currently following a course of study, nor have they obtained a degree or diploma in art education in the past. They have an individual practice or work as a collective and are active within the (sub)disciplines of design, architecture or digital culture or a crossover between these disciplines. Practices on the boundaries of disciplines are also welcome, such as street art, art direction and styling, or city makers.
In addition, the talents to be scouted are:

18 years of age or older;
able to demonstrate with their portfolio and CV that they have been working in their field for a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years;
registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or with one of the Chambers of Commerce falling within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

maximum of ten pitches
The Fund, together with the scouts, will assess the applications received and the extent to which they match the objectives of the open call. We look at whether there is a professional practice and whether the portfolio fits in with the (sub)disciplines of the creative industry. Per city, a maximum of ten makers can make a pitch. Applicants will be informed at least two weeks before the scout nights if they are allowed to make a pitch.

information about the pitch and criteria
If you are invited to make a pitch, you will give in a presentation of up to five minutes during the scout night, an answer to who you are as a maker, what your motivation is and what makes your practice unique or distinctive. You will also give a brief insight into what you would like to develop in the coming year. The pitch is with images and in English or Dutch, depending on your preference.

Each scout night has its own jury, consisting of three members. The composition of the juries will be announced to the participants after the closing date, as will the pitch locations. The juries will make the selection during the scout nights, based on the criteria below:
1. Quality: The jury specifically looks at the relationship between the motivation and artistic principles of the maker and the way in which these are expressed in the work. In doing so, the jury considers the imaginative and investigative attitude of the maker and their mastery of the chosen means.
2. Relevance: The jury evaluates the extent to which this is a unique voice and distinctive practice for the creative industry.
3. Development potential: The jury assesses the potential for the maker's artistic and professional development.
All applicants will be informed of the results of the scout nights. The Fund only communicates about the selected proposals. The rejected proposals receive a negative decision.

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.