Details for this year’s Turkish Community Art Exhibition have been announced by the Yunus Emre Institute in London, who are behind this excellent annual celebration of British Turkish art – anyone wishing to participate has just two weeks to submit their details!
Now in its sixth year, the Turkish Community Art Exhibition is a chance for people of Turkish heritage to show off their artistic flair, whether their talent be in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, short films, multi-media, or traditional Turkish arts, such as miniatures and ebru (marbling).
A jury of notable artists will help Dr Mehmet Karakuş, head of the Yunus Emre Institute London, and Bekir Utku Atahan, Turkish Republic’s Consul General in London, to select the best artworks to exhibit in the institute’s Fitzrovia venue in central London
Over the past five years, the Turkish Community Art Exhibition has featured the diverse artwork of over 200 artists of differing abilities. Between them, they have produced over 500 pieces of art using diverse styles and mediums, which have in turn been viewed by thousands of people in person and online.
Last year’s exhibition, for example, featured more than 140 works by more than 60 artists.
This annual event has provided visibility to lesser known Turkish artists and, in some cases, created an opportunity for them to sell their artwork.
“The Turkish Community Art Exhibition is,” as the press release states, “a proud achievement of the Yunus Emre Institute London and the Turkish Consulate General in London, and a testament to the power of art and solidarity.”
How to apply before the 15 February deadline?
Participation is open to professional, emerging or amateur artists who want to submit original pieces of art they have produced. The artist must be of Turkish origin or Turkish ancestry, and be based in the United Kingdom.
To be considered, you need to complete the online application form and upload your artwork by 15 February 2024.
Each individual can submit up to three artworks, and they must be original and not previously exhibited.
You can find more details about the application process and the terms and conditions on the Yunus Emre Institute London’s website.
6th Turkish Community Art Exhibition details
All selected artworks will be displayed at the Yunus Emre Institute London’s art gallery in central London. The exhibition will open to the public on 5 March 2024, and run for just under three weeks, closing on 25 March 2024.
Viewing hours are Monday to Friday, 10.30 am to 6pm, and on Saturdays, 10.30 am to 4pm.
Address: Yunus Emre Institute, 10 Maple Street, London W1T 5HA
About the Yunus Emre Institute
Yunus Emre Institute is the Republic of Turkey’s cultural institute. Established in 2007, the organisation currently has over 85 branches worldwide. Through cultural diplomacy, the Institute aims to increase awareness of Turkish culture, support the learning of the Turkish language and stimulate greater exchange in the fields of arts, culture, science, education. It’s London branch opened in 2010 and it has helped forge deeper cultural and academic bonds of friendship between Turkiye and the United Kingdom.
Main image, top, of three artworks displayed in at 5th Turkish Community Art Exhibition (L-R): Women Series II – acrylic on canvas by Müge Kaymakcan Koçak; Hidden Patterns of Creation: watercolour painting and line drawing by Kübra Kırca Demirbağa; and The Pond: a photograph by Ayfer Hakkı.