Carried out in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships, it aims to identify and accelerate the next generation of creative talents who demonstrate awareness, technologies and solutions for social and sustainable development.
Swarovski Foundation Institute: Creatives for Our Future is the name of the global grant programme designed by the Swarovski Foundation with advice from the United Nations Office. The aim is to train the future generation of creative leaders in the field of sustainability.
© Mediterraneo by Gaetano Pesce for Swarovski - Crystal Palace 2013
It starts with a four-week call for applications open to creatives from all over the world, aged between 18 and 25, coming from disciplines such as fashion, design, art, architecture, science, technology and engineering. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in the subject matter, exemplary creative potential and mastery of technologies or solutions for sustainable development. The Swarovski Foundation thus aims to attract a pool of candidates from all over the world to bring novelty to the creative process.
© Perspectives by John Pawson for Swarovski, Palladio's Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, 2013 © Gilbert McCarragher
The authors of the selected projects will be awarded financial support to promote their ideas and devise new scenarios for a better world.
The funding will be combined with an educational programme in collaboration with top international institutions, tailored mentorship and networking connections with relevant industries under the guidance of the Swarovski Foundation. The projects will also be presented to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2021.
© Blossom by Tord Boontje for Swarovski Crystal Palace 2013
Nadja Swarovski comments: “We are incredibly proud to launch the Swarovski Foundation Institute: Creatives for Our Future programme with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and as part of our ongoing mission to foster education, creativity and a sustainable future. This ground-breaking programme will empower the next generation of creative talent to unlock innovative new approaches to our global sustainability challenges and drive progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Annemarie Hou, acting Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships highlights the importance of engaging the creative sector, explaining: “In 2021, the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, we must work together to amplify the creativity and talent of young leaders. The Creatives for Our Future programme by the Swarovski Foundation Institute is a trailblazing initiative that is keeping the promise of the SDGs.”
© Iris Van Herpen, Autum Winter 2016
Applications will be accepted until 9 April. The full list of mentors, applicants and masters will be made public on 21 April, coinciding with the United Nations World Day of Creativity and Innovation. Further details on the programme, application process and grants are available here.
Cover image: © Voyage by Yves Behar for Swarovski Crystal Palace 2013 - photographed by Andrea Ferrari
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