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SAHA undertakes short or long-term collaborations with various international institutions, enhancing international networks and thus contributing towards Turkey’s engagement in contemporary art.

Collaborating institutions

Ashkal Alwan

In partnership with Ashkal Alwan, SAHA supports the participation of artists from Turkey at Homeworks Space Program. The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan is a non-profit organization based in Beirut. Since 1993, the association has been committed to the production, facilitation and circulation of creative and intellectual endeavors across a range of disciplines and media.

2015—2016: Barış Doğrusöz, Merve Ertufan

2016—2017: Eda Gecikmez

2017—2018: Gökcan Demirkazık

2018—2019: Cansu Taşkın, Kıymet Daştan

(2014-2015; 2017-2018)

In partnership with Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, SAHA supports an artist from Turkey for two years at Rijksakademie. Rijksakademie, a leading arts institution that opened in 1870, initiates partnerships for the studios it offers as part of its residency program and hosts more than 50 artists every year in collaboration with other instiutions.

2014—2015: Aykan Safoğlu ve Belit Sağ

2017—2018: Kubilay Mert Ural

Delfina Foundation


SAHA established a partnership with the Delfina Foundation in London. In this respect, SAHA supports a studio at the Delfina Foundation for the researchers, artists and curators. The Delfina Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange through residencies, partnerships and public programming.

2013: Merve Ünsal

2015: Onur Gökmen

2016: Didem Pekün, Serkan Taycan

2017: Özge Ersoy

2018: Murat Adash

ICI – Independent Curators International

In partnership with Independent Curators International, SAHA supports the participation of curators who have been accepted to ICI’s training programs.

2011: Adnan Yıldız

2012: Kevser Güler

2013: Özge Ersoy, Nazlı Gürlek, Gürsoy Doğtaş

2014: Merve Ünsal ve Ece Pazarbaşı

2015: İlhan Ozan, İpek Ulusoy, Selin Turam

2016: Aslı Seven

2017: Naz Cuguoğlu, Serdar Ekrem

2018: Ulya Soley

The International Studio & Curatorial Program

SAHA established a partnership with the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. ISCP in Brooklyn, New York announces an open call for a residency for an artist from Turkey supported by SAHA, Istanbul. ISCP is a leading nonprofit, residency-based contemporary art institution for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world, including the United States. With 30+ artists and curators in residence at all times, the program provides residents with the space, time, and support to develop new projects.

2013: Güneş Terkol

2014: Emre Hüner, Burak Delier

2016: Belit Sağ

2017: Cem Dinlenmiş

2018: İnci Furni

Pioneer Works


SAHA, in partnership with Pioneer Works, supported Gözde İlkin’s participation at the residency program in New York. Pioneer Works is a non-profit cultural center dedicated to experimentation, education, and production across disciplines. Through a broad range of educational programs, performances, residencies, and exhibitions, it fosters community and cultural accessibility.

FLORA ars+natura

SAHA has initiated a partnership with FLORA ars+natura in Bogota. Erkan Öznur has been selected to participate in a residency program titled ‘Escuela Flora’ between the dates 5 February–13 December 2018 in Arte Flora’s Casa Flora campus with support from SAHA. With an emphasis on the relationship between art and nature, Arte Flora is a space for contemporary art that aims to become a point of reference for the local art scene in Bogota through hosting residencies and realising educational programs, commisioned projects, and pedagogical activities.


Depo is a space for critical debate and cultural exchange in the city center of Istanbul that hosts exhibitions concerning social and political matters regarding Turkey and its region.This partnership between SAHA and DEPO intends to increase the visibility foresees to organize solo shows for artists who independently sustain an artistic practice In 2016-2017, Fahrettin Örenli, Ali Cabbar, Berat Işık, Fatma Çiftçi and Pınar Öğrenci were supported as part of this partnership.

Corridor Project Space

SAHA Association has established a partnership with Amsterdam-based Corridor Project Space through a trilogy of exhibitions organized under the umbrella title "Teotwaki". Also known as De Kijkdoos Public Space, it develops projects that feature young artists from Turkey. Corridor Project Space is a both public and private initiative that seeks to function as a cultural cabin, covering all kinds of artistic research and cultural production, as well as bringing together collaborators by opening up a space for new interactions.

Apartman Projesi Berlin


SAHA established a partnership with the Apartment Project Berlin. In this respect, SAHA supports the projects at the Apartment Project for the artists and curators from Turkey in 2014. Apartment Project, which was started for interdisciplinary sharing, communion production and exhibiting opportunities; had been an open platform for solo exhibitions of artists from Turkey and abroad, interdisciplinary partnerships, presentations, and panel discussions. Since September 1st 2012, Apartment Project have been working on their projects in Berlin by suggesting several communal living and collective production models that focus more on process .

Witte de With
Center for Contemporary Art

Defne Ayas has become the director of the public art institution Witte de With in Rotterdam in 2012 and has initiated a program to increase the visibility of artists from Turkey. In this respect, SAHA has established a partnership with Witte de With. SAHA-Witte de With partnership foresees to support the total budget of the program for a period of three years and to support the missions of both SAHA and Witte With.

Spring Workshop


SAHA established a partnership with the Spring Workshop in Hong Kong. SAHA provided support for the participation of curator and arts writer Özge Ersoy to the Spring Workshop for a research residency in June–July 2016. Spring Workshop is a cultural initiative that brings people together to experiment with the way we relate to art. Committed to an international cross-disciplinary program of artist and curatorial residencies, exhibitions, music, film and talks, Spring serves as a platform and laboratory for exchange between the vibrant artists, organisations and audiences that define Hong Kong’s rich cultural landscape and their international counterparts who seek to engage in far-reaching dialogue.

Künstlerhaus Stuttgart

Adnan Yıldız, who has become the director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart in 2011, has initiated an artistic research program. In this respect, SAHA and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart has established a partnership for a period of years. This partnership foresees to support the total budget of the program for a period of three years and to contribute towards the missions of both SAHA and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.


SAHA established a partnership with the WIELS in Brussels. WIELS in Belgium announces an open call this year for their residency programme and Elif Erkan has been selected as the residency artist from Turkey supported by SAHA, Istanbul. WIELS is an international laboratory for the creation and the diffusion of contemporary art . Focusing on visual arts, but granting particular attention to crossovers and interactions with other disciplines, WIELS presents contemporary art in all its diversity and offers a permanent dialogue with the developments and the most recent debates of the art world.