• Installation "Zirze" by Nicole HoesliFor more than 25 years international artists-in-residence programs have been part of the cultural scene of Istanbul. Artists from various regions of the world are moving to the Bosphorus. They live and work here, they get inspired by the city’s rich history and add new impulses to its virulent arts scene.

    In the parallel program of the 14th Istanbul Biennial curators and mentors of some selected artists-in-residence programs from German speaking countries are presenting their agenda. In this framework they will open as well the exhibition „Imagination and Orchestration“ on 5th of September 2015.

    Eight particular artists, who live and work in Istanbul temporarily, will be dealing with the coexistences of different realities and their representations on the occasion of the Istanbul Biennial.

    This years Biennial is entitled „Saltwater: a Theory of the Forms of Thinking“ and reflects on the multiple dimensions of spaces. Along those lines the artists of the exhibition "Imagination and Orchestration" will reflect on the dimensions of themselves working in an unfamiliar environment.

    On September 5th the curators and mentors will introduce the programs, their aims and integration into the Istanbul arts scene. Afterwards the exhibition "Imagination and Orchestration" will be opened.

Imagination and Orchestration

05/09 – 20/09 2015

Presentation of Istanbul based artists-in-residence programs with a group exhibition at BAUART Gallery of the Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul.

Opening – September 5th, 11 am

A parallel event of the 14th Istanbul Biennial

Participating Artists:

Artists-in-residence programs:

Cultural Academy Tarabya

The Cultural Academy Tarabya was initiated by the German parliament in 2011. It has an artist-in-residence program for artists of different scopes and it is dedicated to the idea of contributing to the German-Turkish cultural exchange, enabeling artistic encounters as well as cooperations. The residence in Tarabya may inspire the artists and may help them to further develop their work.
The Cultural Academy is located on the grounds of the historical summer residency of the German ambassador. It offers perfect working conditions for artists in seven apartments, one meeting room and two studios. The Cultural Academy is operated by the German Embassy in Ankara and it is curated by the Goethe-Institut.


Historical summer residency of the German ambassador. Photo Sedat Mehder

Cultural Exchange Stipend of the Federal State of Berlin - Visual Arts

The Istanbul Grant of the Berlin Senate for cultural affairs has been awarded since 1988. It was the first grant to enable foreign artists to get in touch with Turkish culture and to develop projects on the spot.
Since 2013 the program has been tied to the Istanbul based cultural initiative diyalog. It helps artists to observe the trends in the contemporary arts scene of the city, to take part in it and to collaborate with Turkish artists.


Ruben Aubrecht and Maria Anwander, Popup Exhibition at Kargart 2014. Photo Sabine Küper

City of Zurich – International Studio Istanbul

Since 2015 the City of Zurich awards an artist-in-residence grant for Istanbul in the frame of its cultural promotion program. Nicole Hoesli is the first artist of this program, who is living and working in Istanbul for six month. She is developing new projects also in cooperation with Turkish artists.
The program is supported and supervised by the Istanbul based cultural initiative diyalog. The intention of the granted stay in Istanbul is to provide the artists with a stimulating, enriching experience.


Nicole Hoesli and Matthias Huser at the celebration of the conquest of Istanbul, 2014. Photo Sabine Küper

International Studio Program of the Austrian Federal Chancellery

The Federal Chancellery of Austria awards four grants per year to Austrian artists in the framework of an abroad studio program. The artists use the time in Istanbul to realize projects in an international context, gain new inspiration and extend their networks.
The cultural initiative diyalog, as the program’s partner, introduces the awardees to the arts scene. Through its network it offers them the opportunity to examine current artistic trends and exchange ideas with other artists and curators.


Martin Behr at the Museum of Graphic Arts, Istanbul. Photo Sabine Küper

Istanbul Grant of the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia

With its two parallel grants at the artist residence Istanbul, the Kunststiftung NRW offers artists of all scopes from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) space for their artistic development. This affords them the opportunity to build contacts in a different culture and exchange ideas and inspirations.
The aim of this intercultural initiative is to create new aesthetic impulses and cultural cooperations for the NRW-based arts scene. By arranging exhibitions, readings, publications and concerts in both locations, NRW and Istanbul, these connections shall last long, flourish and grow.

KunststiftungStudio House Istanbul. Photo Jochen Proehl

Istanbul Grant of the Brandenburg Association of Visual Artists (BVBK)

The first four grants of the Brandenburg Association of Visual Artists in cooperation with Ministry of Sciences, Research and Culture of the Land of Brandenburg were awarded in 2015. The grants are intendet to give the artists a significant impetus for their development.
The cultural initiative diyalog, as the program’s partner, supports the artists in getting to know the local arts scene, in building international contacts, in exchanging projects with other artists and in transferring stimuli to the regional arts scene of Brandenburg.

Arts and Culture Grant of the City of Cologne

Since 2009 the city of Cologne has been offering the opportunity of a granted stay in Istanbul to artists who work in the fields of visual arts and literature. During six months they get to know the local arts scene, develop new concepts and expand existing ideas. So far 16 artists from Cologne have stayed in Istanbul in the studio apartment shared with Kunststiftung NRW, located in the district of Beyoğlu.
With the „Atelier Galata“ grant the city of Cologne and the municipal cultural office intend to actively foster the exchange among cultures and artists, stimulate both art scenes, establish stronger ties to the culture and twin city Istanbul as well as initialize joint projects.

Stadt KölnTemporary Gallery Cologne - L. Breuer - Reich der Flora

Burg Giebichenstein Art Academy Halle - Studio Grant Istanbul

Since April 2010 the Burg Giebichenstein Art Academy Halle offers students of the art and design department a forum in Istanbul. Two students are living together at a time for three months in a studio apartment in Kadıköy, which is rented by the Academy.
Burg Giebichenstein Art Academy Halle is connected to Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi and Marmara Üniversitesi. The awardees may use the universities' studios during their stay.
The awardees are selected by a jury consisting of three professors of the Burg Giebichenstein Art Academy Halle and external experts.


DSC00284Awardee Jenny Eichler in Istanbul, Photo: Nadja Buttendorf

Studio Grant of the Hessische Kulturstiftung

Since 2013 the Hessische Kulturstiftung has also been represented with a studio in Istanbul. Besides our bases in London, New York and Paris, we consider Istanbul one of the most lively centres of the global artworld. Our first awardee Nina Tobien studied traditional handicraft technologies and narration structures here; Philipp Zach explored urban planning and social development of the growing mega-city and curretly Naneci Yurdagül is working at a performative implementation of islamic calligraphy.
We are looking forward to further inspiration for our awardees in Istanbul!

Zach_HKSTPhillip Zach/Emanuel Rosetti, Liminal Dilution, Installationsansicht, The Moving Museum Istanbul, 2014

Curatorial committee:

  • Thomas Büsch
  • Sabine Küper-Büsch
  • Christian Lüffe
  • Jochen Proehl


  • Goethe-Institut Istanbul,
  • Diyalog Derneği
  • BAUART Gallery


  • Theresa Wiedemann

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