Berlin Art Grant Clinic is established in 2014 as a support system for artists, curators, NGOs and creative minds from all fields to help them to equip themselves for a successful career in the art scene. Through its seminars, workshops and consultancy practices it fills the gap between the art schools and the professional life, and helps cultural actors to sustain their careers as well as their lives. Established by Ece Pazarbaşı, the clinic coached more than 600 artists, curators, cultural managers and designers and helped so many of them to receive funding. Since 2016, Pazarbaşı is working as a Guest Lecturer at Helsinki Fine Arts Academy and teaching the content of the Clinic. She has also given Grant Writing courses at Weissensee Kunsthochshcule, UdK Berlin, Mainz and Kassel Kunsthochschule as well as at bildungswerk des bbk Berlin, Transart Institute – Plymouth University, Open University, Helsinki Finland, HIAP Artist Residency, Branchentreff – PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMM DES LAFT BERLIN and PAP – Performing Arts Programme.
Ece Pazarbaşı works and walks on the merged border 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 300,000 EUR. She was 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.
Since 2007, she has been generating public space projects in urban and rural domains and from 2009 on, she has been curating audiowalks under different concepts in various cities. 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 curator of “Cabinet of the Unknown” Museum der Dinge – Berlin (2017), “Muscle Memory” Kunstraum Bethanien/ Kreuzberg (2017), “Memory Plates” Future Festival Nows/ Hamburger Bahnhof (2017); ‘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 curated 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 C-AMP. Contemporary Amplifier for Multidisciplinary Practices and Field Kitchen Academy.