Deadline: 15 May 2016
Call for entries

Summer 2016 Artist Residency In Cesme, Izmir, Turkey

Two months summer artist residency in a centrally located Villa with a massive outdoors studio in Cesme, Turkey’s top summer destination with natural wonders such as long beaches of the Aegean sea and thermal waters and with authentic neighborhoods where you have access to thousand of local tastes, music and the arts with a vibrant cultural and night life and a hub for kite and windsurfing.

The residency package covers:

-Private furnished bedroom in a private villa, centrally located at Ilıca Santiye. Walking distance to the beach and biking distance to Alacati.

-Indoors and outdoors studio space.

-Art Workshops with Turkish contemporary artist Genco Gülan

July : Underwater Photography/ Videography: 4 sessions

August: Instant Painting and drawing with projection: 4 sessions

-1 week-long group show.

-Studio visits by various curators/ artists/ art historians.

– Access to wood, iron, marble, ceramic workshops.

Apply here:

Selected artists will be announced by June 1st, 2016

Researched based, multimedia, and performance projects are welcomed.


1. HISTORY: Aegean Culture: The city of Izmir has a rich history dating back to ancient times, a territory that has been home to different civilizations. What are the implications of it today? Can we identify “an Aegean Culture” that is specific to this land, different than what nationalities or ethnicities describe?

2. GEOPOLITICS: The Westernmost: Geographically, Cesme, Izmir is situated at the westernmost point of Turkey, that is also described as Anatolia or Asia Minor. What implications prevail in the nation-wide context, or in the multicultural social fabric of the city?

3. URBAN: Year-long Resort: Becoming the top summer destination of Turkey ove r the past 10 years, Cesme draws high quantity of local and foreign tourists in summer. The winter season feels deserted except for some people who chose to dwell in the city year-long creating alternative lifestyles for themselves. As the move to the rural is becoming a trend, how can we create life styles and habits that embrace the escape form the city life and possess sustainable components for a year-long habitation in a rural/resort town?

Monthly rate: $1950

Application requirements: Completed Application form with up to 2 project proposals.

After selection of residents, one month’s rate is taken as a security deposit for reservations.

For inquiries, please contact Piril Gunduz at or +1 917 345 2748.