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A.R.C. – A Residence of Creation



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A Residency Project in Cappadocia

Having started its life in August 2022, ARC aims to give the opportunity to creative souls a space to research, cultivate their practice, and create in an environment with a connection to the Anatolian landscape of Cappadocia; a special region of Turkey with a rich cultural heritage and even more importantly a landscape that spikes all the senses.

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About A.R.C.:

A.R.C., A Residence of Creation, stems its name from our ambition to provide a nest to all creative spirits and thus not limiting it to an “Artist” residency; whether you are a sculptor, a carpenter, painter, photographer, writer, poet, musician or a chef …

This specific Creative-in-Residence Program of A.R.C., a platform for production and reflection on contemporary artistic practices, is aiming to open up the opportunity to function as a host of creative productiveness throughout the world and help in distributing the creative process throughout Turkey by providing alternative spaces to cities …

Taking its roots from the creative energy of Cappadocia, a founding principle of A.R.C. is to add value to Cappadocia. Thus, we prioritize giving back to the local community and the greater region. We expect a similar approach from our residents, so in your application, please prioritize how you/your project resonates with Cappadocia for your creative process as well as how you will contribute to the local community and the region.

By hosting local and international artists for a certain time in Cappadocia, the region as well as the artists profit from interchanging perspectives and influences within the surrounding and its people. Showing the artworks emerging from these residency programs for some time in Cappadocia as well as in the Ambidexter Gallery in Istanbul means spreading the name of the creative to an international audience. It creates support and interest in national cultural exchange and cooperation between cities and regions.

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About the Residency Program:

From its establishment to the end of 2023, A.R.C. has hosted fourteen artists from 5 countries with different disciplines;
Defne Cemal, Zach Hodges, Pınar Kayar, Mesut Öztürk, Başak Çolak, Eliz Gündüz, Ayda Demirci, Aslı Emek Piechaud, Rodolfo Viola (Morghen Studio), Andres Monnier, Laura Pasquino, Elsa Foulon, Şule İpekçi, and David Doğan Levi, stayed at A.R.C. for one to four weeks. In 2023, Ambidexter hosted the first exhibition of the residency program ‘A.R.C.’s Year Show’ in İstanbul, with the works of the first four artists. The second edition of the exhibition, planned for March 7-8, 2024, will feature the works of artists who participated in A.R.C. in 2023. It will take place in Istanbul at Ambidexter Gallery.

In november 2023, A.R.C. hosted Transhumances III, a nomadic art and design residency series by Galerie Philia after Barjac, France (2020), Florence at Palazzo Galli Tassi (2021). At this third edition in Cappadocia, Galerie Philia designers Rodolfo Viola (Morghen Studio), Andres Monnier, Laura Pasquino and Elsa Foulon created with local materials. The residency was followed by an awe-inspiring exhibition in the caves of Cappadocia, where the materials of the region blended with the earth they came from.


The artists will be provided with accommodation and board, apart from this with material and transportation costs. Resident’s as well as a selection of works, that were produced on sight could be available in an online shop and searched in a digital collection. There is potential to create a special line / works for the shop located at Taskonaklar Hotel as an exclusive selection.

for more information you can e-mail [email protected]