Last week to enrol on Yunus Emre Institute’s Istanbul Art Trip

Do you fancy exploring one of the most magical cities in the world? The Yunus Emre Institute (YEI) is organising a six-day Istanbul visit in October, combining art workshops with trips to important historic and religious sites and museums, such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet Mosque.

YEI’s illumination (tezhip) course instructor Nagihan Seymour, whose work has been exhibited worldwide including by renowned Saatchi Gallery, will run workshops based on the places visited, so students can analyse the decorative patterns they have seen adorning religious manuscripts. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to meet with renowned masters of other traditional Turkish arts, such as paper marbling (Ebru).

It’s the final week to register and places are limited, so contact the Institute if you’d like to go. The trip fee includes accommodation with breakfast, course materials, transportation and entrance fees to key sites. However, students must arrange their own flights to and from Turkey, and for UK passport holders, they must also obtain a travel visa, which can be easily done online from the Turkish Consular Office.

Trip Details

Enrolment deadline: 1 October 2018

Trip dates: Monday, 22 October 2018 – Saturday, 27 October 2018

Capacity:maximum 25 students

Fee: £395 excluding flights, but including:

– Accommodation (including breakfast)

– Museum and site entry fees

– Practical workshops

– Marbling workshop

– Transport within the trip

– Workshop materials

– Visiting masters of traditional arts

More information and enrolment: email


Main picture top: ‘Dustbowl’ painting by Nagihan Seymour, as displayed at the Saatchi Gallery, inspired by 17th century Ottoman Turkish illumination