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Manifesting Systemic Change through Creative Waves
Commission Netherlands

Manifesting Systemic Change through Creative Waves

DEADLINE:10 January 2020

In connection to the collectively written manifesto “Manifesting Systemic Change Through Creative Waves”, with its aim toward combating institutional racism and promoting Black emancipation, and in further cultivation of a multi-pronged project of anti-racist change in the Netherlands, NLWB, TBA/NUC, and BQTR, along with Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP) and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, are launching an open call for artists and writers to “manifest the manifesto.”


  • There are two separate categories for submission: artists/cultural practitioners, and writers/theorist.
  • People who are currently based in the Netherlands and identify as Black or Brown are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have an affinity with the Afro-diaspora and be connected to or supportive of anti-racist struggle.
  • Artists from outside of the Randstad are especially encouraged;
  • The work presented relates to the lives of Black communities in the Netherlands;
  • The work celebrates Black people and does not reproduce images of violence used against Black people;
  • Traditional cultural craftsmanship is welcome (such as traditional instruments with modern music, or using traditional craftsmanship in visual art and/or fashion), as well as new and hybrid media and aesthetic techniques.


Three selected artists/cultural practitioners will be awarded a commission fee of Euro €1500 and a production budget of max. Euro €5000 (including VAT) to create a new work in connection to, inspired by, or furthering the aims of the manifesto and racial justice in the Netherlands and beyond. The works must be completed by 1 May 2021 and will be presented in June 2021.

Six selected writers will receive a commission of €1500 to research and create an original text (this can be in the form of an essay, academic paper or journalistic article) that explores the history and present condition of anti-black racism, structural and social racial inequities in the Netherlands, or proposes political, technical, cultural, and social changes toward changing the experience and opportunities of Black and other people of color in the Netherlands. The final text will be published in a publication and must be completed by 1 May 2021.