Nov 8, 2019


»Be Mobile – Create Together!« seeks to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between Europe and Turkey through the establishment of a multi-national and multi-disciplinary network of artist residencies across France, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey.

Four established and active cultural institutions in Turkey, Institut français de Turquie, Embassy of the Netherlands in Turkey, Goethe-Institut and Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) join forces to provide emerging artists and authors in Turkey opportunities to spend time in artist residencies across Europe, and vice versa.

16 well-reputed artist residencies across France, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey will provide artists with an ideal environment for creation and production as well as the possibility of getting involved in the local art and cultural scenes. The project sets out to initiate a wide international network between artists and authors working in creative arts, and institutions from Europe and Turkey, whilst fostering emerging talent.

The mobility-based, co-creation oriented, and peer-learning focused »Be Mobile – Create Together!« is realised within the framework of the EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue project, which is co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey.

Be Mobile – Create Together! invites emerging artists to apply for the open call for the artist residencies

Emerging artists from the fields of visual and digital arts, performative arts, or emerging authors from France, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey are offered the opportunity to spend time in artist residencies according to their specific artistic practice across the aforementioned countries.

The artist residencies that welcome applications include 16 well-reputed institutions working in varying disciplines in partner countries. The applicants are sought to have lived and worked the last three years in one of the partner countries. Ideal candidates must have started building a career as an artist and participated in some exhibitions with a successfully evolving portfolio that would underline certain statements in their artistic practice.

Eligible artists can apply to the open call by filing up the application form on the website of Be Mobile – Create Together! and submitting their portfolios until 30 April 2019 (latest by 23.59 GMT+3).

The evaluation and selection of the emerging artists and authors will be made by an international committee. A total of 26 artists – 13 from Turkey and 13 from France, Germany and the Netherlands – will  be selected to visit residencies from 1 month to 6 months; between September 2019 and June 2020 and all costs related to travel, transportation, accommodation and art work production will be covered by the project.

Artists applying from Turkey will be able to participate to the residency programmes in France, Germany and the Netherlands, while artists applying from France, Germany and the Netherlands will be able to apply to the residency programmes in Turkey.

Be Mobile – Create Together! will establish a network between the following artist residencies:


– Camargo Foundation (Cassis): Located in Cassis, the Camargo Foundation seeks to strengthen the links between research and creation by encouraging interdisciplinary approaches, from arts to social sciences.

– La Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris): The largest artist residency centre in the world, La Cité Internationale des Arts hosts artists from all disciplines and curators throughout the year to encourage encounters, artistic crossovers and creativity.

– Le Cube (Issy-les-Moulineaux): Le Cube is the first centre dedicated to digital creation in France and presents artists from the international scene to explore and intersect the territories of digital creativity, social innovation and technologies.

The Netherlands

– Exchange Programme Dansmakers (Amsterdam): Dansmakers Amsterdam is a production house for contemporary dance which focuses on the development of the new generation of choreographers.

– Rast Theater (Amsterdam): The Amsterdam based Rast Theater is known for its engaged, sometimes critical theatre performances and close connection with the theatre-industry in Turkey.

– Van Eyck Academie (Maastricht): The Van Eyck is a multidisciplinary post-academic institute for artistic talent development that furthers experiment, research, production, collaboration and exchange.

– Writers Unlimited (the Hague): Writers Unlimited aims to connect writers with each other, with scientists, artists, thinkers and with their audiences, across borders of cultures and countries.


– HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts (Dresden): HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts is one of the most important international centres for the contemporary arts in Germany and Europe, which organises interdisciplinary co-productions and guest performances.

– Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin): Künstlerhaus offers a worldwide unique combination of studio and exhibition spaces as well as state-of-the-art workshops.

– Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart): By experimenting with artistic research practices and new formats, Akademie Schloss Solitude aims to change societal processes and to stimulate intergenerational discourse.


– İKSV Residency (İstanbul): This new residency programme that will be established by İKSV invites artists from any and all fields to foster mutual dialogue while providing them the opportunity to work with a local mentor, whom she/he has a common interest or practice.

– arthereistanbul (Istanbul): arthereistanbul is a space for artistic creation in Istanbul where artists can work and exhibit their art while working in a cosmopolitan, international atmosphere.

– Barbara Residency (Ayvalık): Located in the seaside town Ayvalık, Barbara Residency offers a programme which is open to both local and international artists and curators working in all disciplines.

– Göl Yazıevi (Bursa): A residence for writers in the historical village of Gölyazı, Göl Yazıevi provides residents the opportunity to discover the public libraries in the area with extensive collections where writers, poets, translators occasionally come together.

– Misi Art House (Bursa): Misi Art House invites artists to produce research-oriented projects, site-specific, performance-based or experimental artworks, and interact with local people and students through screenings and seminars.

– Nesin Art Village (Şirince): An innovative art programme launched in the Izmir Province of Turkey, Nesin Art Village aims to maintain an approach that focuses on criticality and independent production processes by developing an alternative education initiative.

Barbara Residency, Göl Yazıevi, Misi Art House and Nesin Art Village will be supplementing the residency programmes of İKSV and arthereistanbul by inviting artists residing in Turkey for week-long field trips.

Be Mobile – Create Together! is realised within the framework of the EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue project, which is co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey. The EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue project is designed within the scope of the Civil Society Sector funds constructed under the leadership of the Directorate for European Union Affairs (DEUA) and implemented by the Yunus Emre Institute (YEI). The contracting authority of the Intercultural Dialogue project is Republic of Turkey Ministry of Treasury and Finance Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU).