Annual report 2022: talent development, internationalization, professionalization
Today the Creative Industries Fund NL publishes its public annual report 2022, the tenth year of our existence. We look back on a year of growth and opportunities, as well as a big anniversary party for all current and former employees and stakeholders. What we focused on in 2022 were new forms of talent development, the reboot of our international activities and further professionalization of the field and our organization.
Executive director Syb Groeneveld: ‘The coalition agreement included an item that the creative industries will be involved in the major transition tasks. With the Action Programme and Spatial Design Vouchers, the Innovationlabs and several open calls, among other activities, the Fund continued to work towards this aim in 2022. And it is bearing fruit. Despite the heavy blow to the sector from the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen growing attention being paid by society to the power of design in recent years. Across all our grant schemes, there were many applications in 2022. The available budgets were unfortunately not sufficient to award a grant to all positively assessed applications. However, a number of key open calls including Building Talent, Research, Act & Reflect and Platforms for design-based learning were still being implemented in 2022 under the Covid-19 support measures. In 2023, we will continue to promote the creative industry in all its facets and build further on a good design ecosystem.’
Despite the heavy blow to the sector from the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen growing attention being paid by society to the power of design in recent years. - Syb Groeneveld
We show the power of design in six stories. Stories about the potential of new raw materials, social innovation, climate adaptation and multiperspectivity. Stories that show that imagination, connectivity and the power of design contribute to new perspectives on current challenges. We hear from the following makers: Ilse Kremer about Fabulous Fungi, Mirte van Laarhoven and Anne Nieuwenhuijs from Living Landscapes and Deltascapes, Jessica de Abreu and Mitchell Esajas from The Black Archives, Aurore Brard and Lotte de Haan about FysiekFabriek, Shaakira Jassat about Aquatecture and Malu Peeters about [Posthuman Wombs].
Besides the video portraits, the annual report contains animated infographics that provide insight into the distribution of the total available budget of € 24.4 million, and the results achieved. In doing so, we supported makers, designers and cultural institutions alike. With 2159 applications processed and 930 grants awarded, last year’s percentage of applications receiving grants came to 43%. You can see the annual report here.