Maakplaatsen are places where people can actively discover new technology; they are located in libraries, for example. At a Maakplaats, there is plenty of room to address social issues and seek interaction between makers and their audiences.


OPEN CALL: Research x Maakplaatsen

Deadline: April 4, 2024 | noon

Cross-TIC is looking for creators who want to create a cross-media production. Directly to the form (link to Google form)

We cordially invite you to submit a proposal for a PRODUCTION x MAAKPLAATS:

For this open call, creators are invited to apply for a production project in which they will develop an interactive installation. The installation should be an experience for children that appeals to all their senses and will be screened during the Cinekid PUF at the Making Places and Cinemas in Twente. Creators are invited to propose a new project that connects to the PUF.

Make places are collaborative workplaces in libraries in all 14 Twente municipalities, with programs focused primarily on technology. Make places productions invite audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn about and participate in new technological and innovative developments. With these open calls, makers are invited to propose a production offered in the context of these Making Places, in collaboration with Tetem and at least one other partner of Cross-TIC. In this track, the maker will also collaborate with 2 Making Places.

Conditions the work must meet:

– The installation must be portable

– The plant should be easily transported by a small car

– The installation can be set up and taken down in a maximum of 30 minutes by one person.

– The installation must be sustainable

– The installation must be able to operate on 230V

– The installation can be shown in an open space that cannot be darkened

– The creator should make a readable manual

Who are we looking for?
Cross-TIC seeks cross media creators from all professional art disciplines: film, theater, visual arts, music and performance who live and/or (want to) work in Twente. Creators are invited to apply for a production track in which they develop new cross-media works with a strong technology, innovation and creative component. In developing their project, they receive guidance, expertise and support that will help them refine and realize their work

  • A project plan
  • An openness to engage in conversation with the target audience, other creators and experts.
  • Availability during PUF in months of October and November 2024 to possibly host opening and closing of the facility, assisting the public and performing maintenance.
  • Availability every 2 weeks at least one Thursday after 11:30 a.m. in Tetem working on their project.

Cross-TIC also seeks proposals that, in addition to being of good artistic-content, are also explicitly cross-media and center on research, experimentation and collaboration. You will be guided and supported in your process by a profile coordinator and experts, who will provide you with feedback and link you to relevant research and implementation partners.

You will also participate in:

  • Up to 2 presentations on your project to partners and stakeholders;
  • A maker day in which you will participate in presentations, workshops and networking activities along with other Cross-TIC makers (approximately 6 hours);
  • Support in developing your entrepreneurship in the form of participation in Community of Practice sessions (approximately 12 hours).
  • A place to realize and present your cross-media production.
  • guidance from the profile coordinator of Making Places;
  • participation in Pop-up film festival (PUF) in October/November and possibly other presentation moments in Twente;
  • your production is presented to a wide regional audience through the PUF and the Making Places/Libraries
  • In this production process, you will be given a total of 300 hours (€39 per hour). These hours are to be divided among your team of creators (if any). In addition, there is a production budget of up to €5,350.
  • external expertise: a budget to call in external expertise (in consultation with the profile coordinator) in your desired field;
  • a new network: as an artist within Cross-TIC, you will become part of a new regional, cross-discipline network of makers and get to know the cultural institutions and partners in Twente;

Submitting your idea
Directly to the form (link to Google form)

Would you like to submit a proposal? Then submit the following in 3 separate PDFs:

  • your project plan
  • your portfolio
  • your CV

This can be done through the Google form above.

Project Plan

About the project plan:

  • Describe what you want to do and why (concept);
  • How your plan relates to your existing practice as a creator (cause and urgency);
  • In what way you will carry out your project (elaboration and planning);
  • What outside expertise would you like to seek and with whom you might want to carry out your project.


After the deadline, all project proposals are discussed by four profile coordinators. The coordinator of the relevant Open Call is ultimately responsible for selecting the project and supervising it. You will receive a response to your proposal no later than 4 weeks after the deadline. The start date of your project will be coordinated with your profile coordinator.

About Cross-TIC
Cross-TIC is a multi-year project taking place throughout Twente that aims to give artists living and/or working in Twente the opportunity to develop innovative cross-media art projects. The projects can take place at different art institutions and can be short, medium or long. During a trajectory, an artist is encouraged to experiment, conduct research, enter into new collaborations and develop himself further in the business field as well. The outcomes are made visible at cultural institutions (libraries, culture houses, film houses, theaters and museums), at festivals or at the creative incubators in the region. Cross-TIC will take place until at least the end of 2024, and consists of a total of 33 development paths


Cross-TIC was developed by the Twente Culture Region: 14 Twente municipalities working together in the field of culture. In consultation with the cultural field, they developed a vision for culture in the region. Based on that vision, Cross-TIC was set up by Library Almelo & Theater Hof 88, Werkplaats Diepenheim, Oyfo, PLANETART, Schouwburg Hengelo, Theater Sonnevanck, Stichting Oldenzaalse Musea, Tetem and Concordia (penman).

Contact details
Do you have questions about the Open Call? If so, please contact Project Leader.