Mar 02, 2018

ArthereIstanbul is an art center, art residency and art solidarity community founded by Syrian artists in Istanbul in 2014. We host all types of art such as media art, visual art, music, theatre and performances. Among our activities is organising and managing art festivals, exhibitions, residencies, art fairs and art installations and provide cultural and art management training and support for artists.

ArthereIstanbul aims to provide a creative space for exiled Syrian artists who face difficulties resulting from their forced departure from their home country.

With its activities Arthereistanbul tries to create an alternative culture and art space where Syrians, Arabs, artists from Turkey, and artists of other backgrounds can get to know one another, exchange ideas and work together and to encourage dialogue which involves them and the rest of the world.


Our artists are strong together. Here we get ready for one of the exhibitions we have participated in Istanbul. Preparations are going very well and the spirit is high. Claire Foundain, part of arthere team to the left, and Gulsun Oyku Dogan one of our artists and team member on the right. In the background you see Oyku’s paining, the illustration in black and white and in front of it another work of our artists Adnan Jetto. Our Participation in the exhibition “Printemps des artistes / rdv” on April 7th in Saint Pulchérie / Taksim / Istanbul. Oyku Dogan, Imad Habbab and Adnan Jetto from arthere are present with some selected works in addition to other local artists.

Homemade Radio show experience with Aline Pénitot (Paris/France) – radio producer, electroacoustic composer with some of ArthereIstanbul artists in Istanbul, away from Damascus.

What is close, what is far. A way to make relationships between people from a little town in France (Guebwiller-Alsace) and a hudge metropolis in Istanbul. Come with your own story, a smell, an object, a sound object, a picture, a poem, a text, an idea, a desire, or a souvenir about what is far, what is close.


Arthere team and some of its artists on the front page of “Hurriyet” newspaper, the headline was “The art which take refuge in Istanbul “

Ferdinand Richard (Chairman of Roberto Cimetta fund ) visit to Arthere with our artists and team gathering outside of Arthere space, “Fil Manfa,” a solidarity programme run by the Roberto Cimetta Fund. ArthereIstanbul is the host organization in Turkey, for more details about this program you can visit:

Arthere artists and friends during an exhibition in the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, 2017.

Concerts and plays are constantly organized in the space. And more in our page: