Deadline: 15/05/2019

A Retreat in Princes´ Islands - Tab Residency Summer Applications

An interdisciplinary artist residency in suburban upstate of Istanbul.

Tab Residency program offers artists a residential space to devote time and focus on creating both individually and collectively and a gallery space to be used for solo exhibitions, performances, music collaborations, and spontaneous conversations.

Tasarim Bakkali (Tab), founded and run by artists, is open to all contemporary artists throughout the year. The residency periods are organized with open calls for three month periods and applications are accepted before the deadline of the open calls.

The Princes´ Islands are an archipelago off the Anatolian coast of Istanbul, Turkey, mostly car free, naturally and historically preserved area. Ten minutes walk from Büyükada port, the residency building is a four floored shared building, one floor for the studio spaces, one floor for accommodation rooms, one floor for common spaces such as kitchen and living room and a garden.

The residency studios does not contain any specific workshops so they can be used for many kinds of work. The studios are reorganized considering the needs of each artist. Please feel free to ask for other equipment or tools besides listed, depending on your needs. Disciplines involved can be visual arts, industrial design, fashion, interior design, conceptual art, literary arts, architecture, new media, performing arts (the artist should consider the size of the exhibition space), multi disciplinary works, any kind of recycle, upcycle or reuse projects.


  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature


  • Internet Connection
  • Electronics tools, printer, scanner, basic painting equipment, well equipped toolbox (drill, jigsaw, dremel, bench grinder...) and various materials to be reused for upcycle and recycle projects.
  • Musical Instruments
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Woodworking Tools

What is expected of the artist
The artist should prepare an exhibition in Istanbul for the particular gallery space.
Donation of an artwork is not mandatory but will be appreciated.
The artist should straighten out the needs and style of production beforehand.
The artist should be experienced enough to design and prepare an exhibition in a limited time. (1-3 months)
The artist should provide information about old works and exhibitions.
A residency fee of 700 euros/month should be raised by the artist before the beginning of the residency.

What are the benefits of the program
The residency in Büyükada offers the artists a quiet and peaceful living and studying opportunity, very close to the charming chaos of Istanbul.
The artist will have the chance to prepare a solo exhibition in Istanbul.
The exhibition will be exposed to the community via certain media channels. 

How to apply
The applications are accepted via e-mail.

A Retreat in Princes´ Islands - Tab Residency Summer Applications

A Retreat in Princes´ Islands - Tab Residency Summer Applications


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