Since its foundation in 1987, the Istanbul Biennial has been a meeting and encounter platform for artists and art professionals from Turkey and abroad through its exhibitions, events, and programmes. Building on this experience, the Istanbul Biennial is launching a programme focusing on research and production beginning from October 2018.

The Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme consists of a series of consultancies, workshops, and seminars for artists and researchers who wish to conduct theoretical, practical, individual or collective work in art and art related fields. The programme aims to provide technical and intellectual support in an environment of constructive criticism, enabling participants from various disciplines to undertake in-depth research and production in the field of art.

While the programme supports the personal development of its participants through the facilitation of necessary time, resources, opportunities, and access to people required for art production and research, it also encourages unpredicted encounters, interdisciplinary productions, joint projects and new collaborations that may take place. During this process, it is intended that the participants become familiar with basic methodologies and interact with creative and conceptual methods outside their respective fields of expertise. Furthermore, the programme is designed to adapt dynamically every year according to the invited participants’ preferences regarding their themes and mediums, and general needs and requirements.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board consist of experts from various disciplines and pedagogical backgrounds; determining the participants for the programme, providing suggestions during the creation of content and periodically meeting with participants to exchange ideas on the progress of the programme.

2019-2020 Period

İnci Eviner, Banu Karaca, Evrim Kavcar, Sarp Keskiner, Erinç Seymen, Bige Örer and Zeyno Pekünlü

2018-2019 Period

Gülçin Aksoy, Melis Behlil, Cevdet Erek, Borga Kantürk, Bige Örer, Erkan Özgen and Zeyno Pekünlü


The Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme uses İKSV Alt Kat for seminars, workshops and meetings. Alt Kat is located on the ground floor of Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building at Şişhane, Istanbul. The programme participants are also able to use the venue, under certain conditions, for meetings among themselves and their individual practices, outside the regular events programme.

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