SALWA prides itself on being a welcoming community for emerging artists and cultural workers.

Our programs provide a site of knowledge exchange and support migrant artists in establishing their practice in the Netherlands. We offer a range of activities from community events, workshops and courses, to collaborations with external partners.

We are easily accessible to people of different language skill sets, abilities, and interests. Our workshops, programming, and mentorship programs are low threshold, taking the specific challenges for non-EU migrant artists into account. We offer an inspiring and dynamic environment in which artists can experiment and share their work, develop critical and creative practices, and exchange knowledge with other creatives.

We also provide artists with a platform to connect with our ever-expanding network of cultural institutions, partners, and fellow artists. The collaborations that we develop with these partners are always made in the interests of our community as we work on amplifying the many different voices of artists and diversifying the cultural landscape.

Node Center

Founded in 2009, Node Center is the first e-learning program for curators and art professionals. Through real-time interaction with skilled lecturers, we provide practical knowledge that is often not available in the art academy or certain geographies. Our courses are designed to equip you with skills for use in real world and professional settings.

Node Center for Curatorial Studies was created in order to offer a platform to teach, experiment, and investigate subjects related to curatorial studies and contemporary art practices. The Center's core activity stems from the Curatorial Studies Program that offers its participants the possibility of expanding their work experience, with professional feedback and technical support, by developing projects in Berlin. Node is a dynamic space where professional interactions take place in the form of seminars, artists presentations, and other activities that explore the complexity of curatorial work. It is also a meeting point for resident curators, artists, and people responsible for the artistic scene in Berlin.

This Works 

Do you want to keep learning and gain inspiration as an artist? Do you want to deepen your knowledge about all facets of being an artist and the art world? And also expand your network? Then This Works is for you. This Works is a club for and by artists, where the exchange of knowledge and experience is central. As a professional artist with ambition, you will find an inspiring environment at This Works - whether you are a starting artist, an old hand in the business, or something in between.

Archive of workshops

Rietveld Mulch Baking and Writing Workshop

On 8, 9 & 10 March we host a baking and writing workshop. Following the rhythms of baking bread, we playfully explore fund writing, cv compiling and biography building taking place between daily routines.  


Part 1: Talks   

For each session we invite a guest to share their funding routines for artistic practices. We dive into different aspects of writing to situate our practice within the cultural field and embody alternative perspectives to guide our goals.   


8 March, 16:00 - 17:00 hrs @ Room 101 Fedlev building  

Submerging artist Philipp Shueller


9 March, 16:00 - 17:00 hrs @ Room 101 Fedlev building  

Artist and researcher Urok Shirhan  


10 March, 16:00 - 17:00 hrs @ Room101 Fedlev building  

Writer and post-conceptual artist Alina Lupu


Part 2: Folding rhythms, funding routines

Following the pace of bread, we are led through a series of exercises that explore structure within bread and text. Baking bread is a slow process of folding, resting and stretching. The moments in touch with the dough are short, just enough to guide the bread to a different stage of fermentation. In between folding, we have time to explore the structure of a text, building up toward a piece that holds itself and rises! At the end of each session we have a start of a structure in text and bread, feeding our minds and our bodies. Also each participant takes home a sourdough starter culture, to guide future folding rhythms and funding routines.  



From September 27th until October 1st, the Institute of Network Cultures, Hotel Maria Kapel (Hoorn), and Platform BK organized an autumn camp for young art workers. Twenty recently graduated artists, designers, and theatre-makers were invited to five days of conversations, workshops, and communal activities. Each day, we addressed one important theme of working and living in the Dutch cultural sector: from working in the _gig economy_ and money flows in the cultural sector, to experiments with crypto, staying happy and healthy, and durable self-organization. Below, you find impressions of each day in word and image.

Grant Writing with Margarita Osipian

This workshop introduces how to write grant and funding applications for official, governmental funding bodies and explore funding resources and alternative funding opportunities. In this workshop we will look at strategies for choosing the right funding sources, explore what local and national funds are available, and work on outlining project goals. We will also explore what to do with your project if you don't receive funding and other non-governmental funding/support options.

We will learn about how to time the preparation and start of your project so that it corresponds with different grant deadlines and decision making timelines. We will work on strategies for preparing a concise and coherent project statement and artist statement; developing a budget for the project and understanding the language of the budget; and how to structure the application so that it aligns with your own goals and the goals/criteria of the fund.  

Prior to starting the workshop, it will be useful to have in mind what kind of project you want to initiate so that you can gain more insight into whether you want to get artist development funding or project funding and what contextually specific grants are available.