Art residency in Turkey

Tab Residency program offers artists a residential space to devote time and focus on creating both individually and collectively. We can no longer offer an exhibition at the end of the residency period since the gallery space has been closed down in March 2020.

Tab Residency, founded and run by artists, is open to all contemporary artists throughout the year. We accept residencies minimum one to maximum three months long. The residency periods are organized with open calls for six month periods and applications are accepted before the deadline of the open calls.

What are the benefits of the program:
The residency in Büyükada offers the artists a quiet and peaceful living and working opportunity, very close to the charming chaos İstanbul.
The artist will have the chance to experience the cultural and historical city of İstanbul.
To be able to take part in the contemporary art events and meet local artists.

Duration of residency

1 to 3


The Princes´ Islands is an archipelago off the Anatolian coast of İstanbul, Turkey, mostly car free, naturally and historically preserved area. Ten minutes walk from Büyükada port, the residency building is a shared building with four stories, one floor for the studio spaces, one floor for accommodation rooms, one floor for common spaces such as kitchen and living room, also there is a garden.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

Disciplines:Visual ArtNew MediaAnimationPrintmakingCuratorialFilm MakingArchitectureSculptureCeramicsPerforming ArtsTextile ArtMusicLiteratureetc..
Tools:Internet ConnectionElectronics tools, printer, scanner, basic painting equipment, well equipped toolbox (drill, jigsaw, dremel, bench grinder…) and various materials to be reused for upcycle and recycle projects.Musical InstrumentsLibraryOfficeKitchenComputerWoodworking Tools

Studio / Workspace

The residency studios does not contain any specific workshops so they can be used for many kinds of production. The studios are organized considering the needs of each artist. Please feel free to ask for other equipment or tools besides listed, depending on your needs. Disciplines involved can be visual arts, industrial design, fashion, interior design, conceptual art, literary arts, architecture, new media, performing arts (the artist should consider the size of the studio space), multi disciplinary works, any kind of recycle, upcycle or reuse projects.

Fees and support

A residency fee of 500 euros monthly should be paid by the artist before the beginning of the residency.

Expectations towards the artist

Donation of an artwork is not mandatory but will be appreciated.The artist should straighten out the needs and style of production beforehand.The artist should provide information about old works and exhibitions.

Application information

The applications are accepted via

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