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İKSV organises workshops, conferences, and symposia and prepares publications that accompany these activities with the aim of enriching the exchange of ideas about arts and culture, increasing the participation of artists and art enthusiasts in this dialogue, and contributing to the development of cultural policies. İKSV also conducts studies that will guide the development of cultural policies, in cooperation with a variety of institutions.

İKSV collaborates with several organisations and networks that form the EU’s cultural policies and is also part of the Turkish network of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation since 2005 and continues to make collaborations with a number of NGOs as part of its cultural policy efforts.

Cultural Planning for Local Authorities
(Re)thinking Arts Education in Turkey
The Financing of International Contemporary Art Biennials
İKSV Economic Impact Research
Art in Public Space


Cultural Planning for Local Authorities (February 2016)

Cultural Planning for Local Authorities is published as part of cultural policy studies of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). The report aims to constitute a source for local governments to include culture to their strategic planning processes.

The study situates culture at the heart of strategic planning by focusing on the role of culture as an engine of sustainable cities that creates liveable environments and helps the creative industries.

The report discusses the notion of cultural planning and the role of culture in public planning processes, while presenting the results of a comparative study of the strategic plans of different local governments in Istanbul as well as the results of a survey conducted with the municipalities of Amsterdam, New York, Seoul, Tokyo, Toronto and Vienna. The report also has a section on the legal framework of strategic planning in local governments in Turkey.

Please click here to download the PDF version of the report.


(Re)thinking Arts Education in Turkey (December 2014)

(Re)thinking Arts Education in Turkey is the fourth report published as part of the cultural policy studies of Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts.

The report focuses on arts education in Turkey and makes policy suggestions to overcome problems faced in the implementation of arts education at all levels.

Please click here to download the PDF version of the report.


The Financing of International Contemporary Art Biennials (February 2013)

“The Financing of International Contemporary Art Biennials,” the third report written as part of İKSV’s cultural policy studies, is published in Turkish and English.  The report discusses the financing models of eight biennials, including the Istanbul Biennial, which guide the development of contemporary art around the globe.

The study focuses on how these different actors in various countries give shape and support to cultural life with a discussion of the financing of these international biennials. The findings and results of the report are also published in the book “Shifting Gravity” edited by Ute Meta Bauer and Hou Hanru and published by the Biennial Foundation.

Please click here to download the PDF version of the report.


İKSV Economic Impact Research (December 2012)

The economic impact research spearheaded by İKSV is the first study conducted in this field in Turkey. The research aims to present in a concrete manner the economic impact of the activities İKSV organized in 2011 and offer basic policy recommendations with regards to the necessary public support to reveal the economic return aspects of cultural activities in Turkey.

Please click here to read the report online.


Art in Public Space (July 2011)

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts drafted a research project in light of interviews conducted with experts from Turkey and Europe to be presented to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, with the aim of devising a strategic administration plan and program in regards to art in public space.

The report, which was drafted with a historical perspective, based on the unpublished graduate thesis of Ezgi Bakçay, a lecturer at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts, aims to provide a clear framework to institutionalise the system and infrastructure of art practices in public space.

Please click here to download the report.

Sponsorship and incentives for non-public culture and arts institutions
Support Mechanisms For Arts Best Practices and Search For A Model
The book “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Itrî and His Period” has been published


Sponsorship and Incentives For Non-public Culture and Arts Institutions

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As part of Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation’s cultural policies development projects, a meeting was organized to discuss the incentive practices developed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for culture and arts institutions and cultural investments in Turkey. The meeting was held at SALT Galata on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

The meeting was attended by department head Fügen Karahan and expert Neslihan Ulu from General Directorate of Cultural Assets and Museums of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, where the procedures related to incentive mechanisms for non-public culture and arts institutions were discussed within the framework of practices included in law number 5225 (Promotions Law) and law number 5228 (Sponsorship Law).

Please click here to download the related report.


Support Mechanisms For Arts Best Practices and Search For A Model

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The panel on “Support Mechanisms for Arts, Best Practices and Search for a Model” was organized on May 17, 2012, at Pera Museum, within the framework of IKSV’s cultural policies development projects.

The panelists of the meeting were, Cultural Affairs Specialist at the US Consulate  General Sevil Sezer, Director of Istanbul Branch of the Institut Française de Turquie Bérénice Gulmann, Director of Goethe Institute Claudia Hahn Raabe and Swedish National Tour Theater (Riksteatern) producer Figen Solmaz. The panel was moderated by Assistant Professor Dr. Gökçe Dervişoğlu Okandan from Istanbul Bilgi University Communication Faculty’s Art and Cultural Management Program. The panel focused on support mechanisms for arts and culture with respect to international practices and building an ideal model for Turkey.

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The book “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Itrî and His Period” has been published

İKSV organised a symposium which looks at the life and music of the great composer from various perspectives on the occasion of the UNESCO declaration of 2012 as the “International Itrî Year.” Published in 2013, the book brings together papers presented at the symposium entitled “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Itrî and His Period,” which was realised in collaboration with the Research and Performance Center for Ottoman Music (OMAR) of Istanbul University and with the support of the Beyoğlu Municipality.

The book makes an important contribution to the field and features papers from Kudsi Erguner, Walter Feldman, Mehmet Genç, Mehmet Kalpaklı, Mahmud Erol Kılıç, Süleyman Seyfi Öğün, Önder Özkoç, Gönül Paçacı and Ersu Pekin.

To download the PDF version of the book, please click here.

A Review of the 2015 Election Manifestos from a Cultural Policy Perspective

İKSV has evaluated election manifestos prepared for the general election to be held in June 2015 from the perspective of cultural policy. The election manifestos were analysed considering the priorities and needs of the area and in the light of another policy document titled “Cultural Policy Priorities and Recommendations to Political Parties for Election Manifestos” which was published by İKSV in January 2015.

Please click here to download the review.


Cultural Policy Priorities and Suggestions for Political Parties

Under the scope of its cultural policy studies, İKSV has shared a policy document with all the political parties before the 2015 elections. The document contains detailed policy suggessions in the field of cultural policy.

Please click here to download the document.


Constitutional Studies

As an establishment organizing cultural and arts activities on an international scale since 1973, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts carried out a study on a new article to be included in the new constitution, in line with the works of the Commission on Constitutional Consensus of Turkish Grand National Assembly. The proposed article regulates the right of the individual to take part in, access to and contribute in cultural life. As part of this process a discussion meeting was organized for other establishments in the field of culture in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Turgut Tarhanlı, the Dean of Istanbul Bilgi University’s Faculty of Law, where Turkey’s preparations for a new constitution were evaluated within the framework of basic concepts that are directly related to culture and arts, such as access to culture, cultural democracy, freedom of expression and creative activities. The meeting continued with the drafting of a proposed article entitled "The Right to Take Part in, Access to and Contribute to Cultural Life" which was later submitted to the Parliamentary Commission on Constitutional Consensus.

Please click here to download the draft.

New edition of Sanat Dünyamız magazine opens up a new discussion about arts education

Published by Yapı Kredi Publishing House, prominent arts magazine Sanat Dünyamız’s latest issue (July&August 2015) focuses on arts education. Authors of the İKSV report (Re)thinking Arts Education in Turkey Özlem Ece and Zülal Fazlıoğlu Akın, along with Mine Haydaroğlu co-edited the issue which features articles from academicians, artists and experts. The magazine will be available at major bookstores from mid-July. Those who contributed to this special issue with their articles are Mine Haydaroğlu, Özlem Ece & Zülal Fazlıoğlu Akın, Asu Aksoy, Tamer Levent, Eric Booth, Ali Osman Alakuş, Vedat Özsoy, Dionne Custer Edwards, InSul Kim, Emre Zeytinoğlu, Nazlı Pektaş & Jale N. Erzen (interview).

İKSV’s Cultural Policy Studies Provided A Case Study for TUSEV’s “2013 Civil Society Report.”

İKSV provided a case study for the 2013 Civil Society Report” of TUSEV. First published in 2011, the Civil Society Monitoring Report aims to observe the current year’s developments in the area of civil society, comparing strengths and the impact with the previous year’s findings. The Civil Society Monitoring Project takes into account Turkey’s  state of civil society under the headlines of Legislative Framework, International Relations, Institutional Capacity and Research.

Cultural Policy Report of Turkey is published

The cultural policy report of Turkey is published within the framework of the cultural policy review programme of the Council of Europe.

The published review comprises a national background report and a study by five independent experts. It offers a comprehensive analysis of the cultural policy challenges and opportunities that Turkey currently faces.

Both the national report and the experts report can be reached via the Council’s web site.