Creative Industries Fund NL & Prince Claus Fund: Open Call Mentorship Building

The Creative Industries Fund NL and The Prince Claus Fund jointly organize the programme Building Beyond. Are you a creative, designer, artist, thinker or architect from Africa and are you interested in a mentorship programme? Can you reimagine the future of your city through design and creative problem-solving?

Creative Industries Fund NL & Prince Claus Fund: Mentorship Building



Building Beyond is an alternative educational space that brings together 12 creative thinkers and doers who will develop a body of work, receive mentorship guidance, an active exchange of ideas and opportunities for collaboration. 4 mentors will guide the participants 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.


Cities are facing increased levels of population, polarising societies, anthropogenic climate change, and rising levels of inequality. This open call invites participants to propose new methods for investigating challenges relating to their city, its surroundings and its communities.


This call focuses on  a phenomenon, the rapid growth of urban centres and youth population, which is particularly urgent in the African continent. Participants from African countries are invited to find solutions together.

Who is it for?

Emerging artists, designers, creatives and thinkers whose practice relates to design, public space, architecture, activism, policy and the digital space.

Participants should come from the following countries: 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, and South-Sudan.


Original country + the Netherlands.

Duration of stay

One year.

Financing amounts


Source of funding

The program is funded by the Prince Claus Fund and the Creative Industries Fund NL.

Type of activity


Type of sector

Arts, Architecture, CCI’s, Curatorial and cross-disciplinary work, Design, Textile and fashion design, Research, Contemporary art, Urban development, Landscape and urban planning, Transdisciplinary art practices, Fashion design, Interdisciplinary art practices