The 4th Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial begins!
Istanbul Wakes Up With Art!
The 4th Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial will introduce Istanbulites to 450 visual art projects crated by children and youth between April 19 and May 23, 2016. The topic of the biennial is “Wake up call, good morning!” The Biennial will also host international participants and offer a rich program of panels, conferences, workshops, interviews, music and dance performances and poetry reading events.
The 4th Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial, is organized by the Palet Culture, Arts and Education Association (PALETDER), with the partnership of the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Education and the Education Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV) and the support of the Beşiktaş Municipality, the Union of the Municipalities of the Bosphorus and the Directorate General for Copyrights of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and hosted by the Beyoğlu Municipality.
The Biennial will introduce art lovers to the works crated by children and youth aged between 4 and 18 with at different culture and art venues, squares and also on the ferry boats of Istanbul.Participation will be free.
With the participation from countries including Austria, the United States, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Syria, the Biennial will host performances and works of art at Antrepo 1, Mustafa Kemal Culture Center (MKM), Beşiktaş Çağdaş Art Gallery, Ortaköy Square, Galatasaray Square, Sarıyer Port and Şehir Hatları Ferries. Also, other legs of the Children and Youth Art Biennial will be held in Lefkoşa, TRNC, between June 1 and 30, and in Hatay between October 24 and November 20.
The opening ceremony of the Biennial, hosted by the Beyoğlu Municipality, will take place at Antrepo 1 on April 19, 2016, with the cooperation of the Provincial Directorate of National Education and TGEV. The ceremony will be attended by Vasip Şahin, the Governor of Istanbul; Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality; Ahmet Misbah Demircan, Mayor of Beyoğlu; Murat Hazinedar, Mayor of Beşiktaş; Mete Meleksoy, General Manager of TEGEV; Gazi Selçuk, Founding Director of the Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial; NGO representatives, students, teachers, parents and members of the media. Students will stage performances during the opening ceremony.
WHAT TO SEE
The exhibitions will be open for visitors at Antrepo 1, MKM, Beşiktaş Çağdaş Art Gallery for one month. Art lovers will see 450 visual art projects (painting, sculpture, ceramic, installation, new media ad video projects) chosen by the biennial curator PASAJ, an artist initiative, from works received from all districts of Istanbul and from Anatolia. Works created across 48 provinces of Turkey with the cooperation of TEGV, the Mother & Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), and Hatay Governorship and by the children of Syrian refugees with the cooperation of the Turkish Red Crescent will be on display.This section, which will include the works by 10,000 students, is going to be the main event of the Biennial.
Supported by more than 40 NGOs, works of art created by many disadvantaged children and youth, including children of seasonal agricultural workers, children in prisons and detention houses, or children with disabilities, will meet with art enthusiasts.
Throughout the Biennial, works of art by artists from Turkey, Germany, the United States, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy and Sweden, with children or about children will be exhibited.
Events (Panels, Conferences, Workshops and Interviews)
This year’s program has been prepared for students and adults. With the participation of local and foreign experts, nearly 200 theoretical and applied events will be held under the titles of Visual Arts, Art History, Music, Literature, Dance, Art Education, Education Methods, and Personal Development.
The events for adults aim to inform teachers and parents on pedagogy and to help them earn new teaching skills. The events for children, on the other hand, aim to introduce them to art through various methods and approaches.
This meetings will take place at Antrepo 1, MKM and Beşiktaş Çağdaş Art Gallery with the participation of 2,500 children.
The Biennial will also feature a “Room for Children,“ a new library model supported by the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul. It will be a living children’s library with the workshops to be held.
The second week of the biennial program is dedicated to events about “children’s rights” and “discrimination” issues. “Children’s Rights Week,” which is supported by the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, includes art events aiming to raise awareness among adults and children on this issue. It will be held at MKM and Beşiktaş Çağdaş between May 2 and 9. (During this week, some exclusive art projects of children and the youth will also be featured.)
Music and Dance Performances and Poetry Reading Events
A total of 1,500 students will participate in these events with nearly 100 projects.
Music, dance and other stage performances that do not require a sound system will be hosted by the Istanbul Şehir Hatları Ferries. Chamber ensembles will give performances of Western classical music, traditional classical music, Turkish folk music and popular music on ferries. Moreover, children and youth will share the poems they wrote or chose with passengers.
Music at Squares,
In the field of music, in Istanbul, more than a thousand children and youth will take to the stage with orchestras, choirs, pop-rock bands they formed with the help of their teachers.
Istanbulites will enjoy listening to these performances on stages to be set at Ortaköy Square, Galatasaray Square and other landmarks of Istanbul.
On the stage performance front, Turkish folk dances and dance choreographies, mostly from Latin America countries, will be performed.
Film and Video Screenings
Short films and videos shot by students will be presented to audiences at the Biennial Antrepo 1, MKM and Beşiktaş Çağdaş. The films made at workshops will also be shown.
Guided tours, in the form of pre-scheduled tours and booked tours, will be organized for audiences who visit the Biennial. Besides tours for schools and students located in disadvantaged areas of Istanbul, tours are also planned for the other booked schools and groups. Divided into groups of 20, participants will be able to follow the Biennial in the company of guides from NGOs, who work with youth, and also with university students. Nearly 900 guided tours to be organized at Antrepo 1, MKM, Beşiktaş Çağdaş, the main venues of the biennial, will provide guidance on art to 18,000 children and young people.
RAISING ART-LOVING CHILDREN!
The Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial is creating a sharing environment on the basis of multiculturalism on a global scale and enabling children from different regions and cultures of the world to express themselves. Children and youth are leading the creation of an effective cultural dialog through stage and dance performances, video art, and plastic arts.
Enriched with student exhibitions, concerts, events, and workshops as the artists and art enthusiasts of the future, the Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial is closely followed by a large audience including authors, artists, art lovers, teachers, students, parents, and members of the press. Previous biennials that were set up at different venues of Istanbul including ferries, squares, railway terminals, warehouses, galleries, and museums, attracted nearly 160,000 visitors.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE?
Print Your Book!
Under the 4th Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial, a workshop titled, “Print Your Book!” was organized by Maria Sezer, one of our art directors, at the Akbank Sanat on March 10-25, 2016.
Our aim was to enable every child to tell their own story and then make a book out of it. During the workshop, children were provided with detailed information of book-making, and they later applied what they learned to make their own books. A big book was made from each participants” own print-outs and stories. One of the participants wrote a story called “The Child Who Changed the World.” We liked it so much that we decided to name the big book after this sentence full of hope. The big book and some screen prints of it will be exhibited at the 4th Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial. Participants can get back all the other works they make.
The workshop was comprised of two parts; 45 Turkish and 11 Syrian children participated in the workshop organized for children aged 7-14, Initially, the book artist Hande İyicil organized a “designing a story” workshop with children on writing stories and visualizing them with pictures.
At the later workshops, children were introduced to different book formats and printing techniques and got the opportunity to print the pictures of the stories. Picture and template making was taught by Hanneke van der Hoeven, an artist and a bookmaker from the Netherlands. Participants made screen prints with Cornelius Braendle, an artist and bookmaker from Germany. During these workshops, the Dutch book artist Els ter Horst gave information to children about book types and applied what they learned.
In addition, artists and educators organized a three-day workshop for adults on March 14-15-16. The purpose of this workshop was to exchange information! By means of sharing new information with children and youth, it was aimed to raise awareness about art education. This workshop was given by Els ter Horst.
The ‘Make Your Book” workshop was supported by The General Consulate of the Netherlands in Istanbul, Akbank Sanat, and the Beyoğlu Municipality. Thank you very much.
The Biennial also hosted events with the participation of disadvantaged children of Syrian refugees. With the cooperation of Paletder and the Turkish Red Crescent, artists/educators Maria Sezer, Leyla Sakpınar, Süreyya Acar and children met at the Sultanbeyli Community Center and made a mural about the children’s right to play.
After this beginning, works of art created by Syrian children will be exhibited at the Biennial, results of the creativity education given by the Biennial Director to Youth Employees providing psycho-social support to Syrian children at Accommodation Centers and Community Centers located in different provinces of Turkey.
With the Biennial workshops held at “Children-Friendly Areas” throughout Turkey conducted with the cooperation of the Turkish Red Crescent and UNICEF, colorful works created by children will take place in the Biennial.
Strong Sponsor Support
Venue sponsorship of the 4th Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial, hosted by the Beyoğlu Municipality and organized with the support of the Beşiktaş Municipality is assumed by Beltaş A.Ş. and Şehir Hatları A.Ş. Special Project sponsors include the Consulate General of the Sweden in Istanbul and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul. Institutions that gave international support include the TRNC Ministry of Culture, the TRNC Youth Office, the TRNC Yunus Emre Institute, The Room for Children/Sweden, Italy Reggio Children and Hungary Utca-Szak Kulturális Egyesület.
Public supporters of the Biennial include The Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Governorship of Istanbul, the Governorship of Hatay, and the Hatay Provincial Directorate of Education. Corporate supporters include, The Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), Akbank Sanat, Istanbul Bilgi University, the Culture City Foundation, the Rotary, the Turkish Red Crescent, the Eastern Mediterranean Federation of Industrialists’and Businessmen’s Associations (DASİFED) and the Antakya Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Event sponsors include the Consulate General of Austria Culture Office, Sainte Pulchérie French High School, Edding, ÇOÇA, the Pera Museum, İpana, LAV, The Yaşam Atölyesi and the Culture Meeting Point (Austria). The Workshop sponsor of the Biennial is Şişecam Cam Ambalaj.
Media sponsors include Haber Türk, TRT Çocuk and Es Media.
Special thanks to IKSV and our service sponsors the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the Union of the Municipalities of the Bosphorus, Sanatlı Karınca, Teşkilat, Look At, DC Art, UBC, Dragoman Çeviri, Haber Takip Merkezi and Haber Atölyesi.
Antrepo 1: 10:00-18:00
MKM Beşiktaş Çağdaş: 10:00-18:00
Exhibitions (except May 1) will be open for visitors every day.
The Biennial is free for all visitors.
Countdown to the art Biennial for children and youth
Come to the Biennial, kids!
The introductory meeting for the 4th Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial to be held by the PALETDER Association of Culture, Art, and Education in cooperation with the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Education and the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV) was organized at Beyoğlu Municipality on November 5, 2015. The Biennial, which will commence on April 2016 and last for a month, will display artworks by thousands of students from Turkey and around the world.
Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial Founder and Director, PALETDER Chairman of the Board Gazi Selçuk; Istanbul Deputy Governor Ahmet Hamdi Usta; Beyoğlu Mayor Ahmet Misbah Demircan; Istanbul Provincial Director of Education Muamer Yıldız; TEGV General ManagerMete Meleksoy; Biennial curator Seçil Yaylalı; and young actor of the biennial Can Gürkan made speeches at the 4th Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial introductory meeting on November 5, 2015, at the Beyoğlu Municipality Art Gallery, which is the host of this year’s biennial. A hip-hop dance show from the Sulukule Children Art Workshop, a non-governmental organization found by Sulukule Platform, gave some hints about the artworks and events to be displayed at the Biennial. Banners and posters of the biennial were designed by the students of Başakşehir Akşemsettin Secondary School with the guidance of their teacher Elif Baydartürk.
Creating the future’s creative generations
During the introductory meeting, Biennial founder Gazi Selçuk said they aim to prepare youth for the future, and thus created a setting where children and youth can express themselves. The event has achieved a unique place on the global scale thanks to the support provided by NGOs, public institutions, and municipalities over the years. Noting that their objective is to pave the way for youth to be included in industries with high added value by way of supporting creativity, Selçuk highlighted that innovation and creativity form the basis of children’s nature, and art is the most powerful tool revealing this capability. Selçuk said that future jobs will be completely different from those today and these professions will all be based on innovation and creativity. He also added the art will always remain the most important tool for expressing creativity and will lead youth towards new horizons. Selçuk emphasized the importance of supporting children and helping them to express themselves, in order to inspire generations of inventors. He also said that the age of six is the zenith of creativity, and relatively longer distances could be covered in shorter times by making this creativity sustainable and transforming potentials into creative processes.
Biennial curator Seçil Yaylalı hopes that all children can wake up everyone with their artworks and products in the 4th Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial with the “Wake Up Service Good Morning” concept, and is glad to see that thousands of new and beautiful artworks will meet with children and teenagers. Yaylalı explained that understanding art is hard for adults but easy for kids, and noted the significance of children growing with art, given the place of art in children’s nature.
Future Nobel prize winners
TEGV General Manager Mete Meleksoy said they are contributing to the education of two million children in Turkey and they take supporting all kinds of events related to the education of children as a mission. Meleksoy pointed out that child and art actually means “happiness” collectively, saying that very few people spare time for thinking and making science and art. Meleksoy also added that TEGV’s objective is to create generations who think and who make science and art. Addressing the connection between art and science, Meleksoy said these two fields cannot be considered separately from one another, they are endeavoring to provide every support to raise generations contributing to the world such as Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk and Aziz Sancar.
Beyoğlu Mayor Ahmet Misbah Demircan saying they are very happy to host the biennial, reminded the saying from Yunus Emre, which goes “Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge, Knowledge means to know yourself, heart and soul”, and said the foremost guidance for the youth is to discover themselves which is possible though art. Noting now few people understand that children raised with art become artists, Demircan stated that art contributes greatly to the self-discovery and application of personal skills and capabilities. Saying that the culture and art ensure children discover themselves and shape their future, Demircan emphasized that children must be directed to cultural and artistic production with this regard.
Istanbul Provincial Director of Education Muamer Yıldız said supporting cultural and artistic events must be regarded as an institutional duty. He also specified that the NGOs, TGEV, and public institutions working towards making the biennial a sustainable organization are achieving great successes in children’s education. Yıldız recommended that the Ministry of Education should start implementing children-focused curriculum and leave old education policies, stating dictation is not a useful approach, instead they implement children-focused approach while providing information. Yıldız, referring to the significance of supporting this approach by NGOs, said that modern education systems must be wide in order to offer basic skills for children.
“Teaching an old dog new tricks”
Deputy Governor of Istanbul Ahmet Hamdi Usta said they have giant targets for 2023, especially increasing income per capita to $25,000, GNP to $2 trillion and creating new employment opportunities thereby reducing the rate of unemployment. Addressing the importance of innovation and research, Usta said he is a member of the generation that grew up with sayings from their elders such as “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” “don’t reinvent the wheel,” and they are trying to raise new generations by saying “teach an old dog new tricks” and “reinvent the wheel.”
Can Gürkan, a young participant of the biennial, said he first met art at the age of 4 and his first artwork was printing his colored hands onto the paper. He added that his first areas of interest included graphic design as well as web design, and now he wants to deal with industrial and fashion design. Gürkan clarifying that art both makes you express yourself as well as create on your own, gave recommendation to his younger friends not to restrict themselves and always keep on improving. Gürkan said there are no mistakes in art, and advised teenagers not to worry about making mistakes and sharing their cultural and artistic products with everyone.
“Wake Up Service” Good Morning
Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial is an important international art event that we organize to give an opportunity to three million students in Istanbul, as well as other children from around the world, to take part in contemporary art. Using different materials, techniques, and disciplines they can present their original works of art to audiences on a quality platform.
Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial, which was first organized in 2010 when Istanbul was elected as the European Capital of Culture, is now organized every two years in an international context by Palet Culture, Arts and Education Association. The concept chosen for this year was “Wake Up Service” Good Morning to be hosted by Beyoğlu Municipality for the fourth time. The Biennial will be launched on April 2016 and will share artworks of thousands of students from Turkey and around the world with Istanbul.
Great international event
The Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial is one of the greatest events in its field, creating a sharing environment on the basis of multiculturalism on a global scale and offering opportunities for expressing different regions and cultures through the eyes and aesthetics of children. Children and youth will lead an effective communication between cultures with the opportunity to produce with a range of activities including performance, dancing, video art, and sculpture.
Enriching with student exhibitions, concerts, events, and workshop activities as the future culture and art makers and followers, the Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial is closely followed by authors, artists, art-lovers, teachers, students, parents, and press members. Previous Biennial events that were set up in Istanbul ferries, squares, terminals, warehouses, galleries, and museums recorded 160,000 visitors.
About Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial- The Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial is an important international art event that we organize to give an opportunity to three million students in Istanbul, as well as other children from around the world, to take part in contemporary art. Using different materials, techniques, and disciplines they can present their original works of art to audiences on a quality platform.
The Biennial introduces a way of expression from different places and cultures, through the eyes and perception of children, by creating an environment of sharing based on multiculturalism on a global scale. Children and youth will lead an effective communication between cultures with the opportunity to produce with a range of activities including performance, dancing, video art, and sculpture. They take another step toward becoming culture and art producers and audience of the future. Enriching with student exhibitions, concerts, events and workshop activities, Biennials are closely followed by authors, artists, art-lovers, teachers, students, parents, and press members. Previous Biennial events that were set up in Istanbul ferries, squares, terminals, warehouses, galleries, and museums recorded 160,000 visitors.
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