The Fund is looking for advisers
Do you work in the creative sector? Are you knowledgeable about design, architecture and/or digital culture? Can you express your opinions well and are you both critical and encouraging? Are you interested in advising on the allocation of arts and culture budgets? Then we are looking for you!
who are we?
We are the Creative Industries Fund NL. The national culture fund for the fields of design, architecture and digital culture, for which we operate various grant schemes on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. We work with independent advisory committees that assess all incoming grant applications in meetings and advise the Board on them.
As a Fund, we support a diverse range of projects, makers and institutions. That is why we attach great importance to different perspectives. We think it is important that this is reflected within the advisory committees. We warmly invite anyone who recognizes themselves in any of the profiles to respond, regardless of your gender, cultural background, sexual identity, level of education or age. We also specifically encourage people from outside the four major Dutch cities to respond so that their knowledge can also be utilized.
what are you going to do?
Each Fund grant scheme has its own advisory committee. For grant schemes with multiple rounds per year, we work with a pool of advisers. Committees include, for example, makers, designers, researchers, observers or teachers. Each adviser looks at a proposal from the position of their own knowledge and experience, which contributes to a broad assessment.
About two weeks before a meeting, you receive the applications, criteria and corresponding score forms. Meetings involve a group of five advisers on average, led by a chairperson. Everyone has an equal voice and everyone’s opinion is heard during a meeting. The meeting provides a safe space to discuss applications with the other advisers and shed light on them from every angle.
The Design committee consists of a pool of 30 advisers on average, who have knowledge of the various sub-disciplines that fall under design, ranging from fashion and graphics to comics and social design.
The grant scheme has three major rounds per year and is characterized by applications for a variety of projects from individual makers, studios, cultural institutions and presentation locations. As an adviser, the aspects you give opinions on include the artistically relevant value of a project, the extent to which the set-up is effective and the contribution the project makes to diversity and inclusion within the field. We are looking for advisers who are up to date with current developments in the design field, for instance in digitalization and technology, sustainability and/or interdisciplinary design practices.
- Profile 1: Maker/observer with expertise in product design, furniture design and industrial design;
- Profile 2: Maker/observer with expertise in graphic design and visual communication – in this profile we are looking for three new advisers, for instance in typography and interactive and information design;
- Profile 3: Maker/observer with expertise in crafts (including fashion crafts) and/or textile design;
- Profile 4: Maker/observer with expertise in illustration and/or comics and graphic novels;
- Profile 5: Maker/observer with expertise in animation;
- Profile 6: Maker/observer with expertise in interior and spatial design;
- Profile 7: Maker/observer with expertise in scenography;
- Profile 8: Maker/observer with expertise in social design.
The Architecture advisory committee consists of a pool of some 15 advisers, where there is expertise in the field of architecture as well as knowledge and experience in urban design, interior architecture and landscape architecture. The grant scheme has three rounds per year and is characterized by applications for a wide variety of projects (including research projects), publications and substantive programmes.
- Profile 9: architect with affinity for the artistic and/or theoretical side of the practice;
- Profile 10: architect with knowledge of detail and constructional technology;
- Profile 11: commissioning client with experience in area and project development.
The Digital Culture committee consists of a pool of some 15 advisers. The grant scheme has three rounds per year and is characterized by applications in areas such as media arts, games, AI, internet culture and ‘art-science’.
As an adviser, the aspects you give opinions on include the artistically relevant value of a project, the feasibility of implementing the project and the contribution the project makes to diversity and inclusion. Your analysis of the budget also plays a role here. We are looking for advisers who are aware of both the historical tradition and current developments within digital culture.
- Profile 12: designer/maker with expertise in interaction and creative coding;
- Profile 13: researcher/observer with expertise in digital culture and media theory.
The festivals and public presentations committee meets twice a year. It reviews applications in which key developments within the creative industries are translated into large-scale public programmes across the country. Regional distribution is important in this grant scheme. The committee currently needs specific knowledge from the different parts of the country.
- Profile 14: curator/programme maker with expertise in festivals and public presentations within digital culture, including, for instance, ‘bio art’ or the intersection of art, technology and science, from both a regional and national perspective.
The 1 and 2-year activities programme committee meets once a year. It reviews applications in which key developments within the creative industries are translated into the activities programmes of institutions and organizations across the country. The distribution of disciplines is important in this grant scheme. The committee currently needs specific knowledge from the discipline of design.
- Profile 15: maker/observer with expertise in design (fashion, graphic, bio-design) and with a broad knowledge of the cultural infrastructure;
- Profile 16: maker/observer with expertise in architecture and urban design and with a broad knowledge of the cultural infrastructure;
- Profile 17: creative-industry curator/programme maker with expertise in innovative, inclusive audience strategies;
- Profile 18: adviser with broad knowledge of the organizational and financial aspects of institutions within the creative industries and knowledge of ‘fair practice’ in the cultural sector.
who are you?
- You live/work in the Netherlands (Belgium or Germany also possible) and are able to come to Rotterdam to participate in the committee meetings;
- You have an affinity with one or more of the Fund’s areas of activity (design, architecture or digital culture);
- You are good at reading Dutch and English texts, you understand Dutch and can preferably express yourself well in Dutch;
- In preparation for meetings, you will read grant applications for a variety of projects and assess their content against the predefined criteria. You have an understanding of what is going on in the field and an open attitude;
- Applicants must be confident that their application will be carefully and objectively assessed. Applications are in safe hands with you;
- With your perspective, you can contribute to serving a diverse range of applications. You have an intercultural sensitivity when assessing projects that convey different perspectives.
'Because of all the plans I read, I know what's happening in my field and that gives me energy.' – Filmmaker/designer Isaura Sanwirjatmo, adviser Digitale culture Grant Scheme
what are we offering?
- The opportunity to advise on the allocation of cultural grants for the fields of design, architecture and digital culture;
- Through your role on the committee, you are aware of current developments and interesting projects across the country, you strengthen your network and develop an understanding of the ideas and project plans of leading makers, organizations and talents;
- You receive an allowance (attendance fee) of € 55 per hour for meetings and an allowance of € 16.50 reading fee per application (a different rate applies to some committees);
- You receive a travel allowance based on 2nd-class NS train (from outside Rotterdam and including Intercity Direct surcharge).
how much of your time will this take?
How much time it takes depends to a large extent on the grant scheme the committee is associated with. The Design, Architecture and Digital Culture Grant Schemes each have three rounds with a committee being formed from the pool for each round or meeting. Meetings are allocated an average of two working days per round. Reading the applications will certainly take several evenings or a number of days. We estimate that it will take you an average of eight working days over the course of a year. You will be appointed for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years. Committee meetings are held at our office in Rotterdam.
are you interested?
For more information about the position, please call or e-mail Joris van Ballegooijen at email@example.com or call the general number at +31(0)10 436 16 00.
would you like to respond?
In a short motivation letter, write what motivates you to become an adviser at the Fund and what competencies you have to do so. Add a portfolio and/or CV that shows you have the right experience (for example, a concise overview of recent projects, in words and images, maximum 5 A4).
Send your letter, together with your CV and a possible portfolio, no later than 22 November 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state clearly in the subject of the e-mail which committee and which profileyou are applying for. You may respond to a maximum of 2 profiles.