What is Le Printemps des Artistes?
The Printemps des Artistes (PDA) is a charitable art exhibition and sale which takes place each year in springtime. The aim of this event is twofold: unveiling new Istanbul artists to the public, and raising funds in order to support charity initiatives. Year after year, the PDA has become a recognised cultural «randevu» for the French-speaking and international expatriate community as well as for Francophile and artistic Turkish circles.
For this eleventh edition, the PDA aims to be nothing less than a crossroads between the Orient and the West, a « randevu » where new artists, charity projects, life experiences and different cultures meet and converge. The PDA team is happy to present its selection of 11 local and international artists, painters, ceramists, and photographers.
A charity-aimed exhibition
All the works of art exhibited in PDA are on sale. This year, 30% of the proceeds will be donated generously by the artists to two charities: the Lape Hospital, and the Yusra Community Center. The remaining 70% will naturally go to the artists. Sainte Pulchérie French High School graciously opens its beautiful art gallery in order to support the PDA exhibition. They also do the lion’s share of the organisation of the opening night and late night. All other expenses (PR material, cocktail…) are covered by sponsors in order to maximise the funds raised..
LAPE Hospital (Fransız Lape Hastanesi)
This hospital was set up in Istanbul in 1857 and given to the Sisters of St Vincent de Paul by sultan Abdul Hamid II in 1902. Up to today it has been operated by the Sisters of Charity and goes on welcoming patients thanks to individual donations. It seems very logical for Sainte Pulchérie School, which was also founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1846, to support the PDA exhibition in order to raise money for its parent institution.
Opened in 2006 by Shahla in the Balat district of Istanbul, Yusra is a reception, resource and support centre for refugee women and children living in the district. The goal of the project is to provide a venue for socialising and teaching children. It aims also to provide refugee women with support, information and training in order to help them regain confidence and become financially independent.
The centre offers pre-school facilities, out-of-school activities, training workshops, medical, psychological, legal and administrative support services. Finally, it provides adolescent girls with training possibilities. The Spring Art Fair 2017 intends to help finance a project for a catering service started by the women in the Centre
Our 2017 selection:
« Randevu » with 11 artists
Following the success of the previous editions, this year, the PDA team has selected eleven artists who are confirmed or up-and-coming, Turkish or foreign. We are offering a unique selection of paintings, ceramics and photographs.
- HULYA OZDEMIR – Turkish painter
- SUZET HAKLI – Turkish painter
- ALEV ARASLI – Turkish ceramist
- TOYGAN EREN – Turkish ceramist
- IRFAN YAVRU – Turkish painter
- GÜLSÜN ÖYKÜ DOGAN – Turkish painter
- IMAD HABBAB – Syrian painter
- ADNAN JETTO – Syrian painter
- VALERI ÇELEBİ – French painter
- TIMURTAS ONAN, – Turkish photographer
- ÖZLEM ACAROGLU – Turkish photographer
To know more about the artists, visit our dedicated page.