Fresh Perspectives – 10 projects selected
In the seventh Open Call Fresh Perspectives, 10 projects have been selected for a development contribution. The call aims to support special collaborations between makers and social organizations, to provide a new approach to current crises. Examples include the climate crisis, the migration and asylum crisis, the housing crisis, or social inequality and inequality of opportunity. Talent Development coordinator Sharvin Ramjan reflects on the open call.
21 December 2023
This round includes applications from relevant tasks and convincingly motivated collaborations from across the entire breadth of the creative industries. In the selected projects, design is deployed to develop new perspectives and ways of thinking about a social issue. The issues vary from studies on flex housing and the role of provincial governments here to researching sexual pleasure experienced by women in later life.
The following 10 projects have been selected:
- Studio Nienke Helder – Pleasure never gets old - a participatory design approach to sexual science
- Mirte van Duppen – Flexscapes
- Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken – NOMI
- la-di-da design & architecture – De Houten Oplanger
- Radical Data – The Museum of Stolen Artefacts
- Rafaele Andrade – Dead zones
- Studio Céline Hurka – Prison Diaries
- AmperDesign – Where grass roots
- Jarmal Martis – Kickstart voor een Nederlands dekoloniaal erfgoedcentrum
- Circus Andersom – Boerderij van de toekomst van de boerderij
The selection committee, consisting of Paul Hekkert, Roos Groothuizen and Bernhard Lenger, assessed 20 applications this round. They did so based on four selection criteria:
- The social relevance of the issue being addressed;
- Positioning in relation to existing knowledge and developments;
- The quality of the relevant maker’s portfolio;
- The partner's expertise and motivation concerning the issue.
The budget available within Fresh Perspectives is € 300,000, divided over two phases. Within the first phase, there is a budget of € 100,000 that will support up to 10 research-and-development proposals. This brings the percentage of applications receiving grants to 50%.
The call has two phases. The selected proposals will receive a contribution of € 10,000 now for the first phase. This phase is characterized by formalizing the collaboration(s), developing a research question and conducting experiments in the run-up to phase two. The parties also work together on the positioning of the chosen issue. The recommendations of the committee must be incorporated into this plan. For the second phase, € 40,000 is available per project with a total available budget of € 200,000. In this phase, the research proposals are implemented. For example, the project could consist of an activation, programming, publication, intervention, service or product. This phase is also intended for disseminating the project and strengthening its impact within the creative industry. Being awarded a phase 1 grant is not a guarantee that a grant will be awarded for phase 2.
Image above: AmperDesign – Where grass roots