Open Call Exceptional Presentations – 3 proposals selected

In the second round of the Open Call Exceptional Presentations, three proposals for public presentations have been selected. All three engage with socially relevant themes in an innovative way. Coordinator Eva Roolker reflects on the open call.

28 June 2020

In order to demonstrate the qualities and significance of contemporary architecture, design and digital culture, in March the Creative Industries Fund NL called on presentation institutions, exhibition venues, museums and new initiatives to develop proposals for a distinctive, bold or ambitious public presentation. The Fund's goal is to create room for surprising proposals that stimulate innovative presentations within the creative industry for a new or specific target group.


Almost all of the proposals submitted to the fund in response to the open call addressed relevant societal themes. This also applies to the three selected proposals:

The Nightshop: an underground museum
– Concrete Blossom
With a proposal titled The Nightshop: an underground museum, Concrete Blossom wonders what an institute would look like that is modelled on the typology of multicultural working-class neighbourhoods where diversity emerges as a matter of course and a new type of cosmopolitan identity has evolved over the past few decades. The Nightshop is a permanent exhibition, but at the same fulfils the classic role of a neighbourhood shop.

– RE-/place (Studio Ester van de Wiel and Studio Joost Adriaanse and others)
RE-/place is all about the transition to a more inclusive and circular society. In this public depot created by and for and with the city, urban metabolism and the world of recreation converge, and various RE- strategies such as RE-value, RE-combine and RE-order are investigated through design research.

Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes
– Framer Framed
Framer Framed's proposal is geared to climate justice. For a period of five months, this art institute will be transformed into a social space offering a platform for the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes. Through court hearings, lectures, training courses and an education programme, the CICC reaches out to a critical and predominantly young but engaged target group.


The Advisory Committee, consisting of Melle Daamen, René Boer and Annelies Thoelen, checked whether the submitted proposals met the criteria of this open call and evaluated to what extent the proposals were consistent and whether they fulfil the objectives of the call and grant programme. The Open Call explicitly urged participants to devise truly exceptional plans, to enter into strong partnerships, and to focus more emphatically on the intended target group. As in the first round of this open call, the advisors found that this last point receives too little attention in the proposals, except in the three selected entries.


In response to the Open Call Exceptional Presentations, the Creative Industries Fund accepted 13 proposals for consideration. With the 3 selected proposals, the acceptance rate comes to 23 per cent. The available budget for this round was € 300,000.