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Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 #2

Development budget main locations Biennale

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites designers to submit a proposal to participate in the 17th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Researchers and designers in the field of architecture may submit proposals for the development of initiatives and projects that make a substantive contribution to one of the main locations. The Arsenale, for instance, or the country pavilions in the Giardini. Deadline for submission is Wednesday 20 November 2019.

The Venice Architecture Biennale will take place from 23 May to 29 November 2020. Chief curator of this edition is Hashim Sarkis. With the theme 'How will we live together?', Sarkis appeals to the imagination of architects and asks them to develop ideas for forms of living together in the context of increasing political divisions and growing economic differences, in the light of individualization and inclusion.

Eligibility for this open call is subject to the submission of a substantive justification by an inviting party and/or the curator. The development budget will be made available to support research studies or projects that make a physical, spatial contribution to the exploration of the theme 'How will we live together?'. For instance:

additional study relating to research which has been or is being carried out;
speculative or artistic interventions on the basis of an existing or ongoing project;
designing and exhibiting an existing or ongoing study, project or experiment at the Architecture Biennale in Venice 2020;
projects aimed at sharing knowledge, such as a publication, manifestation, event or symposium.

The aim of the Fund with this open call is to present the excellent quality of Dutch architecture and urban design at a leading international event. Subsidies are awarded on the basis of the Grant Programme for Architecture, through which the Fund pursues a number of objectives, including the following:
strengthening the social added value of architecture from a cultural perspective;
promoting high quality in architecture;
stimulating interest in architecture at home and abroad.

Propsals can be submitted until Wednesday 20 November 2019 at the latest, via the Fund's online application environment. Select 'Venice Architecture Biennale #2 - Development Budget'.

Project proposals include:
· a clear, concise description of the purpose and structure of the project;
· a personal motivation for participating in the biennial;
· a description of the location;
· relevant visual material of the work of the participants involved and images that give an impression of the proposed project;
· a realistic budget, with the status of co-financing made clear;
· a concise communication plan describing the target groups and how to reach them;
· attachment I: CV (max. 2 pages per proposal);
· attachment II: substantive motivation provided by the inviting party and/or curator;
· attachment III: recent copy of extract from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) register, not more than 1 year old.

We would like to receive project proposals as a PDF file in A4 format, with a maximum of 10 pages (excluding attachments) and no larger than 10 MB. If the submission does not comply with the above description, no evaluation of the proposal can take place.

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.
You cannot submit draft proposals to the Fund for advice. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail at the latest one week after the closing date.
In order to receive a grant, you must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. If this is not the case, it is possible to register after selection.
For the presentation of projects during the Architecture Biennale in Venice, an application can be made within the Voucher procedure for presentations abroad, from 4 months prior to the Biennale. Projects that have been awarded a grant within the Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #1 or #2 are not eligible for a voucher.

Together with external advisors, the Fund selects a number of proposals from all the submissions. The following evaluation criteria are used:
the extent to which the project relates to the theme of the Venice Architecture Biennale;
the relevance to contemporary design practice;
the extent to which content and project form reinforce each other and are distinctive in this respect;
A maximum budget of € 50,000 is available for this open call. The Fund expects to be able to support at least two proposals with a maximum subsidy of € 25,000.
The evaluation takes the form of a tender: this means that, within the available budget, a number of proposals are preferred to other submissions. The Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals. Rejected proposals receive a negative decision. The Fund aims to announce the results by mid-December 2019.

The processing and evaluation of the proposals submitted will be carried out within the framework of the Subsidy Regulations. Any subsidy will be awarded on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations. Important in this context is Article 7, paragraph 2, which allows for a special procedure for open calls. The following articles in these Regulations do not apply to this open call:
Article 11, paragraph 2, under a and c, and paragraph 3, under a
Article 13, under b
Articles 16 to 21
Article 22, paragraph 3

If you have any questions about this open call and the procedure, please contact: Dominique Geelen, Grant Programme for Architecture, d.geelen@stimuleringsfonds.nl, or 010-4361600

Other details and questions concerning this open call will be dealt with by Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL, on 22 October 2019 from 15.00 to 17.00 in TAC, during Dutch Design Week.

This open call has its legal basis in the Subsidy Regulations and the Grant Programme for Architecture.