Intercultural Dialogues between the EU and Turkey through Contemporary Art Projects

By F. Esen Taylor.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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Starting in 2004, Turkey’s cooperation with the EU for the purpose of adapting its cultural policies and programs, together with the EU’s pre-accession funding, contributed to the initiation of intercultural dialogues between Turkish and European art practitioners. Hundreds of cultural and art activities including festivals, exhibitions, conferences, and art competitions have been organised by Turkish and European art practitioners within the framework of this program. EU funding has allowed both Turkish art practitioners and their audiences to access the European examples of contemporary art and their expression styles, as well as to observe their responses to current issues. This paper will examine the significance of EU pre-accession funding on the projects developed in promoting the transnational mobility between European and Turkish contemporary art practitioners. It will present a number of major projects, which have contributed to establishing networks among contemporary artists, arts institutions, and initiatives based in Turkey, with parallel artistic bodies, festivals, and organisations in Europe.

Keywords: European Union, Turkey, Intercultural Dialogues, Contemporary Art, EU Pre-accession Funding

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 8, Issue 2, August 2014, pp.37-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 27, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 269.927KB)).

Dr F. Esen Taylor

Lecturer, Art and Design Faculty, Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey