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call for applications:
nadas’a bırak spring art residency programme

**Applications for this residency are now closed. Please look out for future residency programmes.

NADAS istanbul is excited to announce its first art residency programme, Nadas’a Bırak, taking place 24 - 28 May, 2019. This five-day residency offers space to seven artists or creative individuals who seek to develop their work in a peaceful atmosphere among a sustainably-minded community. The programme consists of four intensive studio days concluding with an open studio event on 28 May.

Residency Details

NADAS inhabits a beautiful 1930’s house in the historic neighbourhood of Yeldeğirmeni. Regular classes and events are suspended for the duration of the residency, offering a focused environment for participants to develop their work.

Nadas’a Bırak Spring Art Residency includes:

  • Full day access to a shared studio, 24 - 26 May, 08.00 - 24.00;

  • Access to a shared living room, balcony, garden, and kitchen;

  • Vegan lunch (24, 25, 26 May), plus tea, coffee, and snacks;

  • Optional morning yoga class

  • One exhibition preparation day on 27 May, 10.00 - 22.00;

  • Participation in an open studio at NADAS**, on 28 May;

  • Optional artistic and curatorial support;

  • Opportunity to join NADAS’s creative community and work within the historic neighbourhood of Yeldeğirmeni in Istanbul.

Residents of this programme have access to:

  • One of four studio spaces shared between one to three artists*;

  • Shared living room, balcony, garden and kitchen.

*shared studio space is managed to best accommodate everyone’s needs, based on media & working preferences.

The residency is most suited for artists or creative individuals who seek to:

  • Develop a project within a focused period of time;

  • Work independently, within the support of a shared working environment;

  • Present their work in an alternative community space;

  • Incorporate sustainability and ecological practices into their work.

    **note: Nadas’a Bırak concludes with an open studio, where residents will have the chance the share or exhibit work created during the residency. Residents should consider that NADAS is not a traditional gallery but a multi-purpose space where exhibition material could be exposed to a range of events and audiences. Old architecture creates limitations for displaying work and residents may need to find creative solutions. Exhibiting or sharing work developed during the residency is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Residency cost:

NADAS is a new initiative that is working towards financial sustainability. Currently, our project is supported by many hours of volunteer work. Residency fees go directly to offsetting costs of hosting and supporting residents. We acknowledge that artists often work on a tight budget and we aim to provide more financial assistance for future residency programmes.

Full price (including all mentioned above): 1350 TL

For this residency we offer two 50% scholarships. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about eligibility.

Application Details

Nadas’a Bırak Spring Art Residency accepts proposals from all creative mediums. We are particularly interested in proposals that show interest in NADAS’s mission and are sensitive to sustainability, particularly in their use of materials.

To apply, please submit our online application form no later than 7 April 2019 to

A special thanks to partners on this project A Corner in the World and AMMARE Residency Program.