Calling All Creatives! Cultural and Artistic Responses to Environmental Change Fund

Published on: Jul 08, 2020


The Prince Claus Fund and the Goethe-Institut are issuing a Call for Proposals how artists can help to find a way to sustainability and to the protection of nature. Applicants may be individuals or cultural practitioners (organizations) coming from countries with weak economies in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.

Initiatives may receive between € 15,000 – € 20,000 each to be used only for project-related expenses (not running costs e.g. in organizations).

The deadline for entries is on July 31, 2020 (17:00, Amsterdam time).

The call is specifically looking for initiatives that:
* Employ new media to re-imagine a more sustainable world, and provide space for different perspectives within the sustainability discussion; the application must contain a new and groundbreaking idea that is well thought through and put together;
* Promote the inclusion of women, indigenous communities and other marginalized groups; it must be linked to the ultimate aim of more inclusive societies, connecting people in ways that resist marginalization, oppression, division, and threat;
* Support innovative & contemporary artistic and cultural interventions that enable local impact while encouraging a global exchange on the culture of sustainability and climate justice as well as challenges to democracy the climate crisis poses;
* Support the development of artistic initiatives that reinforce and rethink traditional knowledge and methods.

The selection of the winners will published by December 2020 at the latest. Projects must start implementation from March 2021, and be implemented by April 2022 at the latest.

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What is the Digital Earth Fellowship?

Published on: Jul 07, 2020


10 days left before applications close!

A lot were wondering what exactly the Digital Earth Fellowship was all about, and why we should apply for it? How would it benefit our creative careers in the long run? And why the theme Planetary Sensorium?

Mr Churchill Ongere from HIVOS was happy to answer a few pressing questions about the unique theme of the call for us.


  1. What is the Digital Earth Fellowship?

Digital Earth is a think tank of artists and scholars who are interested in the growing presence of the digital and its impact on the planet. Our aim is to produce, through artistic practice, new ways of knowing the inextricable planetary conditions propelled and mediated by digital technologies.

Our fellowships provide resources, tools, community, and amplification to artists. We organise events, curate exhibitions, and share the research and findings of our community on Medium and in our upcoming publication, Vertical Atlas.


  1. How will Creatives and Artists in Kenya benefit from it?

We will welcome a cohort of 8 fellows, each of them receives a variety of resources such as a monthly stipend of a total amount of €13.500 and consultation with scholars and curators. We also plan to showcase findings and organise exhibitions and public programs in collaboration with partners. We aim to support 4 projects grounded within the African continent, 2 projects that take Asia as a starting point, 1 project from Latin America, and 1 Global application.

  • A Fellowship spanning 9 months (September 2020 – May 2021).
  • Monthly Stipend, a total of €13.500 per fellow for the entire fellowship.
  • Consultations with acclaimed artists, curators, and scholars.
  • Online research groups with other fellows.
  • Online sessions with our faculty.
  • Presentation during partner events, symposia and exhibitions (online and in real life, when possible).


  1. Explain Planetary Sensorium to us in layman’s terms?

This year’s theme for the Digital Earth Fellowship Open Call is “Planetary Sensorium”. The theme builds on the idea of a sensorium, which describes the combined system of perception that an organism has to sense its surroundings. Digital Earth seeks to investigate the current planetary sensorial apparatus by both acknowledging and re-imagining our conception of Planet Earth. Digital Earth invites artists from all over the world, representing all disciplines to apply and investigate how we can imagine a humane digital earth to come.


  1. Why the theme Planetary Sensorium?

We need a new framework to understand the pervasiveness of technology on a planetary scale. The current planetary sensorial apparatus — sonic, tactile, visual, affective, and embodied — can help us to imagine alternate possibilities for the digital planet and new ways of living together. A leading question throughout the fellowship is: For which Earth do we create our intellectual, cultural, and artistic interventions?


  1. Is the fellowship only for artists or can creative businesses, especially those that offer support to creatives and artists apply?

It is not possible for a creative business to apply. Digital Earth invites artists, musicians, and creatives from different geographies and disciplines who are interested in the planetary sensorium to apply. The Digital Earth Fellowship welcomes 8 artists and/or duos from different practices who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits, and are committed to ideas of resilient futures, equitable societies, and critical diversity, showing a marked capacity for self-direction.


If you have any questions about the application please consult our FAQ or send us a message via email Remember, tik tok, applications close in 10 days!


Bringing things back home, we asked Mr Ongere, besides the partnership with Digital Earth, what else should creatives in Kenya expect from ROOM this year:

Through ROOM “We support artists, culture and media producers, and creative hubs in many countries around the world to freely express themselves. Our R.O.O.M. program specifically aims at diversifying dialogue and debate in society through the power of art to bring about structural social change.”


1. ROOM has had Digital Earth and African Crossroads as experimentation and learning platforms for the past 3 years. However, due to C19, we have had to scale back on African Crossroads from a physical gathering of creatives from across the continent to an online one. This year it will be done as an online platform towards the end of the year. Please be on the look out for more information regarding this on our social media platforms. You may also subscribe to the HIVOS newsletter from our website. Having said this, Digital Earth is the experimentation and learning line of activities that is currently live. Kindly be on the look out for more info as we make progress on it. I encourage you to apply/share it with those in your networks and beyond.

2. Yes, we are finalising some opportunity for funding that will be published on our website in the coming week and also HIVOS East Africa social media platforms . Kindly be on the look out for these.

3. All ROOM, and other programmatic opportunities this year including research have a C19 consideration in them which is communicated to partners at different stages from research to implementation.


Funding Opportunity: The Radio and Audio Funding Award (RAFA) 2020

Published on: Jul 03, 2020


The Radio and Audio Funding Award (RAFA) is awarded annually to an emerging audio producer based anywhere in the world to produce an original radio or audio documentary which fulfils the core criteria detailed below. This year, a main award of £6,000 plus mentorship from a top industry professional will be awarded to an audio documentary-maker to produce a feature-length programme. We will also be awarding £1,000 each to our four runner-ups.

The Whickers were established in 2015 to fund and recognise original and innovative documentary. They seek to use the generous legacy of their namesake, pioneering broadcaster Alan Whicker, to support emerging film and audio documentary-makers in the funding and production of director led programmes. The Whickers are comprised of two annual awards: the Film & TV Funding Award and the Radio and Audio Funding Award.

The Whickers were inspired by Alan Whicker to encourage the making of quality documentaries by emerging film and audio talent. The Whickers recognise that today’s documentary-makers operate in challenging circumstances. Money is scarce and commissioners are reluctant to green light without a celebrity name fronting a subject with which they often have little connection. Alan Whicker, who felt the best shot of himself was the back of his head, abhorred this trend.

Whicker and his contemporaries wrote the grammar of television documentary. They were given support and opportunities, and often allowed to learn on the job – a situation which is not replicated today. Whicker was apolitical; he sought to intrigue and stimulate, but not to influence. He strived to uncover the unusual as well as to entertain, and he understood the need to engage a mass television audience by employing light and shade in his work. Through The Whickers, we seek to use Alan Whicker’s legacy to further his vision, and to support documentary talent from around the world to take the first step up a ladder which is increasingly difficult to climb.


Please make sure that your project meets the criteria and the terms and conditions of the RAFA (Radio and Audio Funding Award)

Applications for 2020 are now open and will close on 31st July 2020. Click here to apply