İKSV presents ‘Be Mobile – Create Together!’

İKSV presents ‘Be Mobile – Create Together!’

ISTANBUL

Four established and active cultural institutions in Turkey, Institut français de Turquie; the Dutch embassy in Turkey; Goethe-Institut and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), are joining forces to provide emerging artists and authors in Turkey opportunities to spend time in artist residencies across Europe, and vice versa. 

Artist residencies across France, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey will provide artists with an ideal environment for creation and production as well as the possibility of getting involved in the local art and cultural scenes. The project sets out to initiate a wide international network between artists and authors working in creative arts, and institutions from Europe and Turkey, whilst fostering emerging talent. 

The mobility-based, co-creation oriented, and peer-learning focused Be MobileCreate Together! is realized within the framework of the EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue project, which is co-funded by the European Union and Turkey. 

Emerging artists from the fields of visual and digital arts, performative arts, or emerging authors from France, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey are offered the opportunity to spend time in artist residencies according to their specific artistic practice across the aforementioned countries. 

The artist residencies that welcome applications include 16 well-reputed institutions working in varying disciplines in partner countries. The applicants are sought to have lived and worked the last three years in one of the partner countries. Ideal candidates must have started building a career as an artist and participated in some exhibitions with a successfully evolving portfolio that would underline certain statements in their artistic practice. 

Eligible artists can apply to the open call by filing up the application form on the website of Be MobileCreate Together! and submitting their portfolios until April 30.

The evaluation and selection of the emerging artists and authors will be made by an international committee. A total of 26 artists, 13 from Turkey and 13 from France, Germany and the Netherlands, will be selected to visit residencies from one to six months between September 2019 and June 2020 and all costs related to travel, transportation, accommodation and art work production will be covered by the project. 

Press conference kicks off program 

The project and the open call have been launched with a press conference held at Salon İKSV on March 20 with the participation of representatives from the partners.

Speaking about the project, Be MobileCreate Together! Project Coordinator Tuna Ortaylı Kazıcı said: “The project envisages strengthening the artistic and cultural interaction between Europe and Turkey by creating multinational and multidisciplinary network between artist residencies in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey. It aims to encourage young talents and contribute to the formation of permanent bonds between the art scenes of Europe and Turkey.” 

Camargo Foundation and La Cité Internationale des Arts in France; Le Cube and Van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands, İKSV Residency, Ayvalık Barbara Residency, Şirince’s Nesin Art Village in Turkey; Künstlerhaus Bethanien and Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany are some of the artist residences in the program.