Art Grant Writing Professional Development Workshop with ECE Pazarbasi


This is a Grant Writing course that will give you the main perspective and tools to make a competitive grant application in English especially for local and International funding programmes. In this seminar you will be instructed step by step through the narrative structure. You will learn formulating your project description and artist statement as well as receive tips on portfolio making and successful artist resume preparation. Additionally, you will explore the decision process in funding application evaluations and the ways of finding suitable local and International application calls for your project/artwork. This is a hands-on grant writing workshop for artists, artistic projects and applications for residency programmes covering other critical topics like making a realistic time line and an efficient budget.

If you have an application ready to review, please fill out this form by July 30:

Course Goals
To improve grant writing, budget making and competitive application preparation.

4 August between 10:00-16:00:

Module #1: On Funding Bodies
– Understanding Funding Bodies
– Decision process in funding application evaluations
– List of places to find suitable grant givers
– Getting over your writing blockage

Module #2: On Applications and Time, Budget, Tips and Tricks
– Structure of funding applications
– Creating a project description
– Writing your artist statement
– Key elements, tips and tricks for a successful application
– A focused timeline
– Focused and realistic budgeting
– Tips and tricks to avoid emergency expenditure
– Working with sample applications

Module #3: Hands-on Application Operation
– Requirements for a good proposal
– Making yourself a strong applicant
– Enriching and polishing your content
– Working on your application for artist residencies and project applications
– peer evaluation

20 mins one-to-one consultations on 5 August and 6 August by appointment at the campus


Ece Pazarbasi

Ece Pazarbaşı works and walks on the merged borderline of curatorial practice and artistic research as her main profession. With 15 years of experience in the curatorial and art management field, she has realised many projects and received many fundings both for herself and other projects. The funding she has received or helped others to realise their projects from various bodies had varying amount from 3,000 EUR to 200,000 EUR. With Berlin Art Grant Clinic, the total amount she has raised for the international organisations, projects and artists for 2015 is 215.000 EUR. She also is one of the 43 recipients (5 curators + 38 artists) who has received Berliner Senat City Tax Stipendium among 1327 applications.  In 2009 and 2010 she worked at at the Strategic Planning and Development Department for Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, United Arab Emirates as Consultant and Program Specialist of Visual Arts for Turkey where she worked on strategic collaboration planning. Currently she actively takes place in the international boards and juries of various organisations.In 2013 she had the privilege to take part in Olafur Eliasson’s Institution for Spatial Experiments with a special research grant. Among her recent positions are artistic collaborator of Tell Me What You Eat – Mobile Urban Kitchen project together with Erik Göngrich, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen (2014); curator of ‘Walk Over the City’ soundwalk series in Istanbul (2013); Istanbul Coordinator for New Museum – New York’s Ideas City (2012): Istanbul; curator of “Silent Shape of Things” at ARTER Istanbul (2012); in Berlin she co-curated “12/12” and “Turkish Art Nice and Simple” exhibitions at Tanas Berlin (2011-2012) together with René Block. She is curating 5th Short Video Biennial at P74 Gallery, Ljubljana (2015).  Between 2001-2003 she acted as assistant director at Proje4L-Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art and between 2002-09 she was the executive assistant to director of the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center where she has been assigned on several different freelance projects. She was the assistant curator of the 52nd Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion (2007), director of the on-going education and festival programme Meeting Point at the rural domains since 2007, project manager of “Orhan Pamuk: Museum of Innocence” for Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2007-08) and Contemporary Art Exhibitions Director at Pera Museum (2005-2006). She was the co-founder and the co-director of CUMA /// Contemporary Utopia Management (2008-2012) where she was the originator, curator and director of its artistic projects. She has published many art reviews as well as experimental texts at various printed and online media. She continues her artistic projects with CAMP. Contemporary Amplifier for Multidisciplinary Practices.