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The Istanbul Artıst Resıdency 

The Istanbul Artist Residency (IAR) is an international art and culture exchange platform for contemporary artists. The artist residency project is part of a strategy to place the city at the level of the progressive cultural center. Istanbul has great prospects for the development of the art(ist) residency project as a platform for an art exchange, combining the cultures of the East and West. The main goal of the IAR is to establish an international art center in Istanbul that will actively engage contemporary artists, curators, art communities, and art enthusiasts to cultivate multicultural understanding through the arts. Cooperating with the diplomatic corps of different countries in Istanbul, the İAR aims to contribute to the development of cultural diplomacy through peaceful dialogue.

Since 2019, artists from eight (8) different countries have had the opportunity to take part in the IAR project, including Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, South Africa, Greece, New Zealand, Georgia, and Spain.

For the artists

The Istanbul Artist Residency (IAR) presents a full-fledged art project in a new format, with an up-to-date concept that artists can work on, by offering a residency space for artists to work in. 

The participant artists have a chance to interact with international curators, the opportunity to receive valuable reviews from an international curatorial group (network). 

The İAR works with the leading art scene figures, inviting them as Guest Curators, to create a conceptual theme for the participant artists to work on. Thus, for the İAR 2022 project, we had worked with Beral Madra (art critic, writer, and curator of contemporary art in Türkiye) and Sabiha Kurtulmuş (art consultant and founder of the Merkur Gallery in İstanbul). For the İAR 2021 project, we had worked with Olena Grubb (curator, writer, founder of Magenta Art Books in Ukraine).

As a result of the project every year, the works of participating artists will be preserved in the İAR Art Collection, which will become the basis for the formation of the İAR Museum in the future.

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