A-Z List of Art Projects and Initiatives in Istanbul



5533 is an experimental non-profit art space located in the Istanbul Textile Traders’ Market (IMC) aiming to create a forum for an interactive review of artistic concepts and practices.

Istanbul Manifaturacilar Carsisi (IMC) 5th Blok | Unkapani

Açıkekran Yeni Medya Sanat 

Launched by Şekerbank, Açıkekran, mainly exhibits works of the new media category.

Teşvikiye Caddesi 37, Karaosmanoglu Apartment | Nisantası 

Akbank Kültür Sanat Merkezİ  

Of the many galleries affiliated to a bank, this one has perhaps the most interesting programme. Close to Taksim Square. 

İstiklal Caddesi 8 | Taksim/Beyoglu  


An initiative of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, this new 'Space for Art' showcases a multidisciplinary collection of some of Turkey's most interesting artists. 

İstiklal Caddesi 211 | Taksim/Beyoglu 


Launched by artist Banu Cennetoğlu to display and produce art books and publications, BAS has already published several books by Turkish artists. 

Necati Bey Caddesi 32/2 | Karaköy

Borusan Art Center


Ayhan Isik Sokak 20, İstiklal Caddesi | Taksim/Beyoglu

Borusan Contemporary

As the first and the only one of its kind in Turkey, with its 'museum-in-an-office' concept, Borusan Contemporary aims to become a pioneer in its own category, both with its physical environment and visiting experience.

Perili Kösk 5, Baltalimani Hisar Caddesi | Rumelihisari/Sariyer


CAMP (Contemporary Amplifier for Multidisciplinary Practices) is established with the aim of creating a more active and inquisitive society and audience. It intends to take urban and rural space projects to another level, with an attitude of questioning, investigation and experimentation.

Based in Istanbul and Berlin


A sporting league of cultured conspirators.

Various locations across Istanbul

CDA Projects

Rather than being a solely profit-oriented gallery, CDA-Projects runs artist-led programs and organizes exhibitions with independent curators

İstiklal Caddesi, Misir Apartment 163, 3rd Floor | Taksim/Beyoglu

CDA Projects Grant

Cda-Projects Grant for Artistic Research and Production awards 10,000 Euros annually through an international open call. Cda-Projects Grant supports a program of project presentations, workshops and lecture-performances.

İstiklal Caddesi, Misir Apartment 163, 2nd Floor | Taksim/Beyoglu


Collectorspace is a non-profit organization that aims to activate critical discussions on art collecting, and to create reference points for new generations of art collectors.

İnönü Caddesi 9c, Gümüssuyu Mahallesi | Taksim/Beyoglu

"DA" Project Space

DA" is an open project space in Galata providing artist studios, an alternative exhibition space and other facilities.

Dibek Sokak 3, 4th Floor, Lüleci Hendek Caddesi | Tophane/Beyoglu

Daire Sanat

DAIRE is an open art space established as an initiative in order to support contemporary and independent artworks. 

Bogazkesen Caddesi 65D, Firuzaga Mahallesi | Tophane/Beyoglu


Depo is a space for critical debate and cultural exchange in the city center of Istanbul and the first initiative in Turkey to focus on regional collaborations among Turkey and countries in the Caucasus, the Middle East and the Balkans.

Tütün Deposu, Lüleci Hendek Caddesi 12 | Tophane/Beyoglu

Ekav Art Gallery

Since 2000 the gallery hosted lots of famous Turkish artists and also arranged seminars, concerts, conferences and book signing sessions in Ekav Art Center in Zincirlikuyu.

Askerocagı Caddesi 15 Süzer Plaza, Süzer Art Center, Ritz Carlton | Gümüssuyu


Tucked away in the backstreets of Beyoğlu, Garaj is a not-for-profit contemporary performance art space that feels stripped back to the very basics – all exposed concrete and cold lighting.

Yeniçarsı Caddesi, Kaymakam Reşat Bey Sokak 11A, Tomtom Mahallesi | Galatasaray

Halka Art Project

Halka Art Project is a non-profit initiative working in the area of contemporary arts which focuses on the production, discourse and presentation of contemporary art and culture.

Bademalti Sokak 24 | Kadiköy

Institut Francais - Fransiz Kültür Merkezi 

The educational and cultural events and activities of the center include performances (such as dance and theatre), exhibitions, film screenings, and participation at various festivals.

IS Sanat Kibele Sanat Galerisi 

Kibele Art Gallery has hosted the İş Bankası Art Collection as well as retrospective exhibitions of renowned Turkish artists.

IS Kuleleri | Levent


ISTANBUL’74 cultivates platforms that connect Istanbul to the international cultural community by bringing global events to the city, making it the first and pioneering international arts and culture platform based in Turkey.  

Galata Sarap İskelesi Sokak 8, Süha Fazlı Han, Kemankes Caddesi | Karaköy

İstanbul Araştırmaları Enstitüsü 

The Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Research Institute does also host exhibitions. 

Mesrutiyet Caddesi 47| Tepebasi/Beyoglu

Karsİ Sanat

A well-hidden location adds to the exclusive air of this gallery. The unusual space - a U-shaped corridor - hosts group and solo exhibitions, which focus mainly on young local and international artists. 

Gazeteci Erol Dernek Sokak 11, Hanif Han | Beyoglu


KAT1 is a multi-purpose space hosting talks by Cda-Projects and Gallery Zilberman artists, public events related to artistic research projects and lecture performances supported by Cda-Projects Grant.

Istiklal Caddesi, Misir Apartment 163, 1st Floor | Taksim/Beyoglu

Mamut Art Project

Mamut Art Project aims to give emerging, talented artists a new platform to exhibit their work in their own personal space while giving the young art lovers an opportunity to buy unique works of art for reasonable prices.

Büyükdere Caddesi 237, Noramin Is Merkezi, 1st Floor | Maslak | (Venue: Hasköy Yarn Factory, Beyoglu)

Manzara Perspectives

Manzara Perspectives is organizing and curating exhibitions in the rooms of Manzara Istanbul.

Serdar-i Ekrem Sokak 14 | Galata/Beyoglu


Maumau Art Residency is designed to accommodate and provide space for production for more than ten artists at the same time. Both local and international artists can apply for a residency with their resume.

Aga Hamami Sokak 25, Sözcük Apartment | Taksim/Beyoglu

Milli Reasürans Sanat Galerisi

Within the past eighteen years Millî Reasürans Art Gallery has organized more than 150 exhibitions which all were followed with interest of the public.

Maçka Caddesi 35 | Tesvikiye/Sisli

Nesrin Esirtgen Collection

Apart from periodical collection exhibitions, the Nesrin Esirtgen Collection plans to organize exhibitions to enable national and international recognition of especially upcoming artists and their work.

İstiklal Caddesi 163, Mısır Apartment, 5th Floor | Taksim/Beyoglu

Operation Room

Operation Room is the first art gallery located in a hospital in Turkey.

Güzelbahçe Sokak 20, Amerikan Hospital | Nisantası


PASAJist is an artist initiative which tries to create an alternative multi-functional location in center of Istanbul.

Halep Pasaji 62, Istiklal Caddesi | Taksim



Hayriye Caddesi 5, Apelyan Apartment | Galatasaray

Pilevneli Project

Pilevneli Project aims to form a bridge between artists and art professionals by constructing itself as a project space. 

Iletisimtesvikiye Caddesi, Tesvikiye Palas 23, 6th Floor | Nisantasi


PİLOT aims at being an inter-disciplinary space that supports creative projects.

Siraselviler Caddesi 83/2 | Cihangir/Beyoglu 


An independent gallery located in the unlikely, off-centre district of Pangaltı. In a large, street level space, Pist offers a lively interdisciplinary programme that includes solo installations displayed in the window, performances and collaborations with international artists' collectives.

Dolapdere Caddesi, Pangalti Dere Sokak 8A/B/C | Pangalti

Plato Art Space 

Plato Art Space, with its distinguishing spatial installation and design features, forms a bridge between students and internationally known artists by means of organized panels.

Ayvansaray Caddesi 33 | Balat


Rampa Gallery is committed to the realization and presentation of exceptional artworks, to communicating with a broader audience and to supporting scholarly research about the gallery artists.

Sair Nedim Caddesi 21A, Akaretler | Besiktas

Rodeo Gallery

Rodeo is considered one of the most exciting art spaces in Istanbul, displaying high-quality art and an international, avant-garde awareness.

Tütün Deposu, Lüleci Hendek Caddesi 12 | Tophane/Beyoglu


SALT is a not-for-profit institution which hosts exhibitions, conferences and public programs and sustains SALT Research, a library and archive of recent art, architecture, design, urbanism, and social and economic histories to make them available for research and public use. 

SALT Beyoglu | İstiklal Caddesi 136 | Taksim/Beyoglu

SALT Galata | Bankalar Caddesi 11 | Karaköy


Enriching the art scene in Turkey with its perspective and vision provided by the fact of being founded by artists, Sanatorium acts with a mentality searching for the ways of increasing its contribution through different collaborations regarding contemporary art.

Asmali Mescit Sokak 32/A, Asmali Mescit Mahallesi | Beyoglu

Siemens Sanat

Siemens Sanat was established to promote the work of up-and-coming artists, serve as a meeting point for artists, and spearhead the development of contemporary art in Turkey.

Meclisi Mebusan Caddesi 45 | Findikli



Tatart is aiming to be a meeting point for artists, art-lovers, collectors and art critics, as well as being an art club and a research center for art.

Maçka Caddesi 29, Tuncer Apartment | Sisli


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