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The Istanbul Artıst Resıdency 

is an art platform, aimed at establishing an international art center in Istanbul. The art residency in Istanbul could become one of the main art centers of Istanbul. Attracting more international participants every year, cooperating with more countries. An international collaboration of artists and the environment in a cultural context blurs boundaries and contributes to safety in the world.

The IAR is a project that illustrates how an artist's work is modified outside of his usual environment, an opportunity to explore other cultural contexts, and to establish intercultural communication. The project aims not only to host artist residents but also to form alternative local centers of education and exchange of experience in a socially artistic environment through artist talks, exhibitions, open studios, and online residencies, which have been happening as a response to the challenges of the time in connection with the global pandemic.

Guest curators and the concept of the IAR 2021

The Guest Curator is undoubtedly one of the key figures for the Istanbul Artist Residency Project. In 2021, the famous Turkish art critic, writer, and curator of contemporary art -  Beral Madra is the Guest Curator of the project. The Guest Curator develops an art concept for the project that will be the theme inspiring and guiding the artists-participants of the project and also will attract the public attention. The co-curator of the IAR 2021 ıs a gallerist, art consultant, writer, founder of the Merkur Gallery, Ms.Sabiha Kurtulmuş. The project will result in an exhibition of works by artists under the direction of Ms. Beral Madra and Ms. Sabiha Kurtulmuş at the Akaretler Gallery Space.

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 İSTANBUL ARTIST RESIDENCY is launching an INTERNSHIP program for young art managers for its 2021 residency project.