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International non-profit art institutions and organizations may apply to SAHA for the funding of new productions and projects of artists and curators invited from Turkey.

SAHA accepts ONLY applications made by non-profit art institutions and organizations, and will not review applications submitted individually by artists, curators, researchers or other art professionals. During the application process, correspondence will proceed through SAHA Association and the applying institution. SAHA may also independently be in contact with the individual(s) who have been invited by the institution. This model intends to protect the freedom and artistic integrity of the artist, ensuring a non-biased application process free from conflicts of interest.

SAHA Association’s grant scheme prioritizes production costs and publications. The grant can not be allocated for budget items such as shipping, installation, transportation, accommodation, subsistence and maintenance. As a condition of support SAHA also requires that institutions receiving grants provide the invited curator or artist with a fee, and applications that do not include this honorarium will not be accepted. Grants will not be awarded to individuals directly; following the approval of the application all issues concerning the agreement and transfer of funds will be managed between SAHA and the institution.

There is no outlined application period for SAHA’s grant scheme; however, applications will be accepted continuously on the condition that they are made a minimum of 6 months prior to the date of the presentation of the project (exhibiton opening, book launch date, etc.) that the grant is requested. Applications for projects with finalized budget and content information will be accepted (including information such as the artists or curators involved, the dates of the project, what works will be produced and their content etc.). Applications for projects without these finalized details may not be evaluated.

Institutions who would like to receive a grant from SAHA for artists, curators or researchers invited from Turkey, are requested to first examine SAHA’s outlined areas and conditions of support, before taking care to submit an application complying with SAHA’s guidelines.

Project categories that the SAHA grant scheme does not cover:

  • Events or projects organized by commercial enterprises (fairs, galleries, companies etc.)
  • Fields that remain outside of contemporary art events (theatre, stage arts, film/movie projects etc.)*
  • Projects organized by independent structures that do not hold non-profit status or are not affiliated with an institution or organization.
  • Biennials and similar organizations that require a fee for participation or venue rent from the artist.
  • Educational programs (undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate programmes; seminars and courses)
  • Independent applications made for artist/curator residencies or research programmes (with regards to residencies and research programs, SAHA provides grants only for its collaborating institutions).
  • Participation in symposiums and conferences**
  • Support to be allocated to operational expenses such as shipping, installation, transportation, accommodation, subsistence, and maintenance as part of an exhibition or an event
  • Group-show catalogues

SAHA may be consulted for exceptional projects organized as part of contemporary art institutions programming.

Only individuals who are invited as private speakers may apply.