English, German, French, Turkish
Variable starting from a minimum of 1 week
Paid by host 

AIMA Writers, Musicians and Artists Retreat does not provide any direct grants for a residency, but will be of any other assistance, such as subsidized AiR fees, and the writing of a personal letter of invitation or recommendation on request.

Paid by artist 

The fee for a one-person uninterrupted residency in single bedroom occupancy with use of kitchen and studio for four weeks is € 1.115,-; and € 1.850 for double room.

Application guidelines 

Please contact AIMA to request the application form. Once you have received and filled the form, please email to [email protected] with:

  • a CV or resume (.doc or pdf)
  • 5 images(.jpg and not larger than 300 Kb each)
  • video’s can be presented, through a video upload website
  • and/or articles to support your application.


apply 3 weeks prior of their definitive stay for necessary arrangements
financial structure
own contribution by residents
criteria resident
established artist
more than 10 residents
How long
1 to 3 months

AIMA artistic retreat

AIMA artistic retreat

writers, musicians and artists residency


AIMA Retreat offers artists, writers and all creative individuals a peaceful, inspiring atmosphere directly on the sea where they can begin, pursue or accomplish their work. They welcome people of all ages and nationalities, and at all stages of their professional development.

AIMA’s aim is to encourage artistic exploration, nurture creative thought, and create bonds between diverse thinkers. Among the main ideals of AIMA, is to create a field of cultural influence by taking small steps, to create an environment where all residents may have the opportunity to think and broaden their cultural perspectives via art.

Accommodation Information 

The estate comprises a 450 square meter footprint with a huge Mediterranean style garden and a quay right by the sea. The Academy Café is also established by the quay and giving service. The 3 story building comprises 6 studios, 2 single and 4 double. There are 2 bathrooms and 2 WC’s. There is one ensuite bathroom in the bedrooms. 12 people accommodate at once. There are 3 large and independent halls giving possibility for individual and group practice.

Studio Information 

Writers, poets, actors, musicians can use any room in the residency as working space.There are 3 large and independent halls giving possibility for individual and group practice. The huge garden, terrace and the quay also used for practice.

Technical Information 

The main floor consists of a large living room which can be used as a small concert space with 65 seats capacity; an office where 3 people can work; a large terrace and a big garden and cafe on the sea. A permanent staff member is responsible for the building’s maintenance and also responsible for helping the AIMA Project Coordination team during residencies and activities. The building also has phone, fax, Cable internet, wi-fi, computer, printer facilities. An LCD TV, a projector, a music player, 2 baby grand pianos, 2 upright pianos and 2 electric pianos and musica stands are also available for use.


AIMA Retreat is located in Ayvalik, a lovelu unique seaside town on the northwestern Aegean coast of Turkey, facing the Greek island ‘Lesbos’. Ayvalik is in the ancient Aeolian, which was an area that comprised the west and northwestern region of Asia Minor, mostly along the coast, and also several offshore islands (particularly Lesbos), where the Aeolian Greek city-states were located. Aeolis was an ethnological and linguistic enclave for so many artists. Aeolus, who was the ruler of the island of Aeolia, in Greek mythology, was the son of Hippotes, a god and the father of the winds. No wonder Ayvalik is well known for its wind, even on the hottest summer days, it has a nice breeze which comes from the Mount Ida. Ayvalik is also well known for its olive and olive oil, great food and seasonal gourmet specialties which is unique to the area, turquoise waters and the lush plateau on the mountains around the town.

Gumruk caddesi 2. sokak. no:43-45 ayvalik
10400 Balikesir

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