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Selection Open Call Talent Development in International Context

06 february 2019

In 2019, Afaina de Jong, Studio Kasia Zareba, Stëfan Schäfer and Space & Matter will collaborate with innovative international partners. These four designers were selected from sixteen proposals by Dutch designers and makers who responded to the Open Call Talent Development in International Context. De Jong will work with the Grafikens Hus in Sweden, Zareba will have a residency at a Portuguese ceramics company, Schäfer will work with a Berlin scientist and publisher and Space & Matter will test their vision on circular urban transformation at a pilot location in New York.

The Fund uses this call to give designers and makers the opportunity to deepen their practice internationally and to develop it artistically and professionally. The selected projects fulfil an exemplary function for the Dutch creative industries and at the same time enrich our creative industries with new knowledge.

All the proposals were evaluated by the selection committee consisting of Lucas van der Velden, Samira Benlaloua and Olv Klijn. Proposals where exceptional artistic vision, professional development and interaction with the international partner reinforced each other were preferred by the advisors. Attention was also paid to the social and cultural relevance of the proposals, the requirement to exchange knowledge and the fact that the partnership must preclude situations where a commission is involved.

The four proposals selected are as follows:

Afaina de Jong & Grafikens Hus (photo above)
Studio Kasia Zareba & Vista Alegre
Stëfan Schäfer & Archive Books
Space & Matter and ONE Architecture

The proposals that were not selected fell short on one or more criteria. Although the partners in various proposals have a good reputation, the collaboration was not always focused on reciprocity. In many applications, the advisory committee also missed a clearly formulated objective or urgency that transcended the applicants' own practice. In addition, there was sometimes a lack of insight into how the knowledge would flow back to the Netherlands.