„Open Call“ for residencies at the Tarabya Cultural Academy

Bild Kulturakademie Tarabya ©Enis Yücel

Vi, 27.10.2017 -
Jo, 30.11.2017

Beginning immediately, artists from various disciplines can apply for a four to eight-month stay at the Tarabya Cultural Academy in Istanbul. The fellowships, which will be awarded in September 2018, make possible artistic work and at the same time serve to network the fellows with the Turkish cultural scene. The cut-off date for applications is30 November 2017.

The Tarabya Cultural Academy was founded in 2011 at the initiative of the German Bundestag and makes possible artistic exchange between Turkey and Germany. Since the arrival of the first fellowship holders five years ago, over sixty outstanding artists have devoted themselves to their projects on the site of the historical summer residence of the German ambassador, including the writer Nino Haratischwili, the photographer Jim Rakete, the theatre author Marianna Salzmann, the composer Angelika Niescier and the visual artist Nevin Aladağ.

Beginning immediately and until 30 November 2017, creative artists and artist tandems from the fields of architecture, visual art, performing art, design, literature, music, film, journalism and cultural theory, who live and work in Germany, can apply in this open call. The new residencies will begin on 1 September 2018.

This is the first time artists can apply directly for a residency. An independent five-member jury will then evaluate the artistic quality of the application and choose the fellowship recipients. Joachim Sartorius, chairman of the jury: ‘The reputation of the Tarabya Cultural Academy is now firmly established amongst artists in Germany. It is therefore a good time to open the procedure for applications. This was the plan from the beginning and we are very glad that the Academy Advisory Board has so decisively supported it. We are all convinced that in times of political tension the German-Turkish cultural exchange is more important than ever before. The open call is intended to reach new target groups. The previous fellowship holders are still enthusiastic about the Academy residence and the city, and we are looking forward to the new generation of fellows who will move into the Academy in 2018.’

The fellowship
In addition to free accommodation, the nominated artists receive a cash grant of 2,500 euros per month (including travel and transport costs). The summer residence also offers the use of a communal studio and rehearsal room. The residency programme is dedicated to making a contribution to the German-Turkish cultural exchange. Networking with the Turkish cultural scene is therefore particularly welcome. At the same time, the stay in Tarabya should serve as an inspiration for and an opportunity for development of the participants’ work.

Further information on the application procedure and the application form can be found at: www.kulturakademie-tarabya.de

Jury and Advisory Board
The five members of the jury are the writer and former Director of the Berliner Festspiele Joachim Sartorius, the artistic director of the Maxim Gorki Theatre Shermin Langhoff, the jazz pianist Julia Hülsmann, the filmmaker Feo Aladag and the Islamic scholar and journalist Rainer Hermann.

The jury is appointed by the Advisory Board of the Cultural Academy. The Board consists of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media and representatives of the Bundestag, the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Foreign Office. The Advisory Board also advises on the conceptual guidelines for the Cultural Academy.

About the Tarabya Cultural Academy
The Tarabya Cultural Academy was launched at the initiative of the German Bundestag. It is located on the site of the historical summer residence of the German ambassador in the Tarabya district of Istanbul, on the European side of the city, about 15 km north of the city centre. Its seven artists’ apartments, communal meeting room and two studios offer fellows optimum living and working conditions. The Cultural Academy is run by the German Embassy in Ankara and is part of its cultural work in Turkey. The Goethe-Institut has curatorial responsibility for the Tarabya Cultural Academy.


Dr. Jessica Kraatz Magri
Pressesprecherin und Bereichsleitung
Goethe-Institut Zentrale
Tel.: +49 89 15921 249
Viola Noll
Stv. Pressesprecherin
Goethe-Institut Hauptstadtbüro
Tel.: +49 30 25906471