Founded by and for Syrian artists with difficulties accessing work space after leaving their country to settle in Istanbul, arthere is a space for artistic creation, away from war and political rivalries. It is a space where artists can work and exhibit their work, and support themselves by running a café and organising workshops, screenings and performances, it also includes an art management program, residency, artist representation, and art related activities such as film screenings, installations, performances and workshops.
The Custom-Made Residency Program is open to artists, researchers, curators, writers, from all backgrounds and all kind of experience in various disciplines of arts and culture. The project and its adequacy with arthereistanbul’s vision and territory will determine the participation in the residency program. In arthereistanbul, the residents will benefit from a multicultural environment and will have the opportunity to broaden their vision and understanding of the region, particularly in terms of culture and arts while working in a cosmopolitan, international atmosphere.
The residency can be for research, reflection, project’s writing or development, without the pressure of production. The resident will find full understanding, the right support and constructive guidance to develop his/her own artwork and progress in his/her knowledge out of his/her experience from the residency. Arthereistanbul aims to:
- Foster research and creativity in arts and culture, by opening a space to artists from all over the world to develop their ideas and projects;
- Favor exchange between Syrian, Turkish and international artists, curators, researchers, arts professionals;
- Increase the interaction between local and international artists and/or initiatives;
- Encourage and support dialogue, diversity, tolerance and understanding against fear and suspicion.
The purpose of the Custom-Made Residency Program is to allow the artist / researcher / curator / art professional to work on the first steps of his/her project. This can consist of writing a first draft, leading a research, looking for archives, gathering elements for an art project, or work on a small production.
The artistic environment they provide and the varied domain of arts it includes, is optimal for artistic creation which includes: studio space, archive room, show room for art exhibitions and movie projections, an art cafe space, internet access, darkroom facilities, a small courtyard for outdoor artworks, wood working tools and space.
Accommodation is provided by a third party housing, which consists of a flat in a building that is walking distance to the residency space. The apartment has all services included.
Available on the premises are: studio space, archive room, show room for art exhibitions and movie projections, an art cafe space, internet access, darkroom facilities, a small courtyard for outdoor artworks, wood working tools and space.