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Open Call: Open Archive

Three makers have an opportunity to devote seven months to creating new autonomous media work with the digital collections of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

25 January 2019

Photograph from the archive of C. Weeber. Collection Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Photograph from the archive of C. Weeber. Collection Het Nieuwe Instituut.

The selected makers receive a working grant of € 7,741. Deadline for portfolios with covering letter is 6 March.

Het Nieuwe Instituut supervises one of the world's largest architectural archives, while the Sound and VIsion collection contains over a million hours of historical audio-visual material. These collections are increasingly available under open license and can be creatively reused by other makers. This offers opportunities for new ideas and new narratives. In _Open Archive_, the participating institutions hope to introduce makers to the potential of digital heritage collections. Sound and Vision and Het Nieuwe Instituut emphasise the importance of reusing heritage and invite makers to create new works using the 'open collections' available online. They share their expertise with makers in Open Cultuur Data and open licenses in this talent development programme.

Work period

The Open Archive project offers three locations to makers with an affinity for audio-visual work, graphic design, architecture and art for the period from April 2019 to October 2019. The selected makers receive a grant of ¬7,741, of which ¬6,741 is a fee and ¬1,000 is a work budget. The selected makers receive the opportunity to create new work using Sound and Vision and Het Nieuwe Instituut's open collections. The work period is in the form of a talent development programme, offering opportunities for research, experiment and production. During the work period, makers receive support from staff at the institutes and external experts. A plenary session is held once a month to which external experts are invited to share their expertise. The programme ends with a public presentation of the research and the final results. The online collections can be viewed here: and


The programme is designed for makers who graduated in a subject relating to design or (media) technology. Proposals may be submitted until 6 March by mail to
Proposals should contain:

  • A covering letter giving a clear summary of the project proposal and a motivation statement giving the reasons for wishing to work with open heritage material (max 2 pages);
  • Appendix I: portfolio (max 10 pages);
  • Appendix II: CV (max. 2 pages).

The documents should be submitted in PDF. The PDF may contain links to films.


Together with an external expert, Sound and Vision and Het Nieuwe Instituut will select three of the submitted proposals for inclusion in the programme based on the following criteria:

  • Distinctive structure of the project proposal for the creative reuse of open collections;
  • Motivation for working with open collections;
  • Quality of the maker's work (portfolio);
  • Added value of the talent development programme for the maker's development.


We plan to announce the results in late March 2019. For questions relating to the open call and the procedure contact Open Archief project leader Brigitte Jansen at or 06-13040861. Draft proposals cannot be accepted in advance. Candidates will receive confirmation of their submission by email within a week of closing date. The selected proposals will be announced by email.

This project is made possible with support from the Mondriaan Fund.