Four applications for participation were reviewed and the team of young painters under the mentorship of Gagik Charchyan, the head of the Drawing Studio at the Mkhitar Sebastatsi Educational Complex’s High School of Fine Art, was selected to represent Armenia in the project.
The group of young painters from Turkey is also known. It will be led by mentor Serdar Yilmaz, who is currently an Associate Professor at the Fine Arts Department of Marmara University of Istanbul.
The project will start on September 1, 2014.
Within the framework of the “Exchange of Painters” project PJC and Anadolu Kültür are organising two exchange visits for painters from Armenia and Turkey. A group of four young artists led by a mentor from Armenia and a similar one from Turkey have been selected via an open call to participate in the exchange. Each exchange will include exhibitions, interactive workshops, master classes as well as joint flash-mob style painting sessions in public spaces.
Open-air studios will be set up in busy public spaces where the participating painters’ works will be observed by guests and passers-by. Exchange participants will visit art colleges and popular art exhibitions in Armenia and Turkey. During those visits discussions will be held on the trends and issues of contemporary art and the environment both in Armenia and Turkey. Following the first part of the exchange during which a group of artists from Turkey will visit Armenia on September 1st to 8th; a group from Armenia will also travel to Turkey in late September-early October 2014.
Exchange of Painter Project is implemented in the framework of the Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process funded by the European Union.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.