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Building Beyond Open Call: Each Participant receives an award of €10.000

Building Beyond Open Call: Each Participant receives an award of €10.000


Deadline: 1 November 2021

For Building Beyond, The Prince Claus Fund is inviting you as an emerging artist, designer, creative and thinker whose practice relates to design, public space, architecture, activism, policy, and the digital space to propose new methods for investigating challenges relating to your city, its surroundings and its communities.

They are excited by experimental out of the box practices that move beyond disciplinary and thematic boundaries and especially welcome applications from individuals who consider community needs and desires while promoting the inclusion of women and other marginalised groups.

Building Beyond is an alternative educational space that brings together 12 creative thinkers and doers with at least 5 years of experience in design practice, design research and design disciplines. It merges the creatives with 4 mentors in a year-long programme. Each participant will develop a body of work, receive mentorship guidance, an active exchange of ideas and opportunities for collaboration. If you are selected, you will be part of an international and interdisciplinary peer group that jointly dives deeper into this practice.

The 4 mentors will guide you throughout the programme, which consists of two Labs (week-long mentoring intensives, one in person and one online), monthly online masterclasses, peer-group sessions and a visitor’s programme in the Netherlands where there will be opportunities for exchange and to build your network with the Dutch field. Each participant receives an award of €10.000 to work on the concept for a body of work that is outlined in their application.

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible for this programme if:

You have ±5-12 years of relevant professional experience;
You are from, living, registered and working in Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Chad, South Africa, or South-Sudan;
And you are an emerging artist, designer, creative or thinker whose practice relates to design, public space, architecture, activism, policy, and the digital space.
*Please note that previous grantees of the Prince Claus Fund are not eligible to apply unless their previous project is finished and closed before the end of 2021.

Criteria for Selection Of Applications

The following criteria are used for assessing applications:

Original: the work is innovative and artistically interesting
Transformative: the work engages with pressing social/political issues, is challenging and thought-provoking, and aims to create lasting change
Context-specific: the work is important in and relevant to the local context
Inclusive: the work is linked to the ultimate aim of more inclusive societies, connecting people in ways that resist marginalisation, oppression and division
Impactful: the award will make a real difference to the professional development, engagement and impact of the individual’s practice
Potential to Accelerate: the individual has the potential to become a leader in the field, the work is engaged and focused on relevant social issues within context
For more information, visit https://princeclausfund.org/building-beyond-open-call-how-to-apply

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