Virtual CreativeMornings: Esra A. Aysun


June 25, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am


Open To Public

Under the theme of “matriarchy”, CreativeMornings Istanbul is hosting Esra A. Aysun, Head of Arts at the British Council in Turkey.



09:00-09:30: Welcoming and Breakfast

09:30-10:00: Talk

10:00-10.30: Q&A and Networking


Click here to register for the event, which will take place via Zoom. 


*The event will be held in Turkish.


About the Speaker:

Esra A. Aysun, is an arts administrator, working as a consultant, lecturer and writer in the creative sector in Istanbul. She has been acting as Head of Arts at the British Council in Turkey to date since 2014 working on focus areas of creative economy, cultural exchange and women power in culture, and is a Board Member of Arter since 2019.


As the curator of WOW – Women of the World Festival Istanbul 5 – 7 March 2021, Aysun curated and hosted Festival Alanı, a radio show on gender equality at Açık Radyo on air from May to October 2020 and continues her activism to achieve a gender equal approach in the creative sectors.


Aysun completed her BA at the Sociology department of Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) and MA at the New York University, Administration of Performing Arts (New York). Since 2003, she has led a career of management and consultancy at various institutions of culture and arts in Istanbul as Dot, Galerist, CUMA and Museum of Innocence; as well as lecturing on Arts Management at universities of Yıldız Teknik, Yeditepe, İTÜ MİAM and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, from 2005 to 2013. Aysun has been an advisory board member of the IETM Informal Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (Brussels), Balkan Express (Slovenia) and a board member of the Cimetta Fund (Paris) and AICA (Istanbul) (2008-2013). Aysun also served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Pavilion of Turkey in the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Aysun undertook the editorship of the Current Issues booklet of the arts magazine ‘Sanat Dünyamız’ in 2014-15 and is the editor of the book ‘Sanat Yönetimi Üzerine Konuşmalar’  (Talks on Arts Management) published by Yapi Kredi Publications in 2014.


June’s Theme is Matriarchy


Imagine a society in which women make all the key decisions that shape the safety, health, education, opportunities, and culture of the community. What would your town or city look like if the systems and structures were re-envisioned and women held the majority of the positions of power and leadership? What would change? What would it feel like? Or maybe you already live in such an environment; societies led by powerful women exist today, including Native and Indigenous communities around the world.


This month, we shine a light on all the leaders who are also women, from across the vast spectrum of identities and experiences of womanhood. The decision-makers, the life-givers, the caregivers, the frontline workers, the problem-solvers, the world-changers. The organizers and activists, the artists and writers and innovators. The teachers, scientists, medical professionals, politicians, business owners. The ones with megaphones and the ones working behind-the-scenes. Without you, where would our world be?


CreativeMornings/Rotterdam chose June’s Matriarchy theme, and Xaviera Altena created the accompanying illustration.