Open Call: performistanbul

Performistanbul and LADA invite proposals for an artistic development programme for a UK based woman* performance artist.

LADA is collaborating with Performistanbul on an artistic development programme offering a performance artist who identifies as a woman a four-week project development workshop (24 February – 20 March, 2020) and a ten-day residency (21 – 31 of March, 2020) in Istanbul. The development scheme will include collaboration opportunities, art institutions’ visits, tutorials, workshops, talks and a final presentation in London and Istanbul.

The programme explores the idea of ‘home’ as a widened context – a space for being and creation. Home can be explained by multiple ways such as; love, identity, people, family, culture, belief, hope etc. It acts as a research project and goes deep into the artists’ inner space through their research. It invites artists to explore the current social-political issues through the lens of the idea of home, belonging, representation and questioning.

Performistanbul offers its research facilities and a flat apartment in the building of PCSAA for the selected artist during their stay of 10 days. The conversation between Performistanbul and the selected artist will start four weeks before the programme in order to plan the development and production of the project.

The participating artist will be selected by a jury composed of representatives from LADA, performistanbul and invited experts.

(*) Artist who self-identifies herself / themselves as a ‘woman’ – living and working within the UK.

Deadline for applications 12noon, Saturday 15 February.

The programme is developed with the support of the British Council’s #WomenPowerinCulture Grant Scheme.

Residency Themes

  • Belonging
  • Displacement
  • Gender and identity
  • Home
  • Hope
  • Love
  • Migration
  • Representation


February 15, 2020: Deadline

February 24,  2020:  Announcement of the selected artist

February 24 – March 20, 2020: Mentoring Program

March 21- 31, 2020: Residency in PCSAA, Istanbul & Presentation of the project

The open call invites self-identifying women artists of all backgrounds without a limitation of a live practice.  The brief should respond to the curatorial context of the programme.


The offer

Performistanbul offers its research facilities and a flat apartment in the building of PCSAA for the selected artist during their stay of 10 days. The conversation between Performistanbul and the selected artist will start four weeks before the programme in order to plan the development and production of the project.

The artist will have;

  • A 10-day residency in Istanbul
  • A round trip economy-class ticket (London – Istanbul – London) (covered up to 1145 ₺)
  • A single flat house (1+1) at Performistanbul, situated in the old neighbourhood of Galata.
  • A living allowance for food/per diems and materials (2000 ₺)
  • A production budget (3000 ₺)
  • An artist fee (2000 ₺)
  • Opportunities to engage in the art scene in Istanbul; access to a programme of planned group activities and visits to cultural organisations in Turkey;
  • An opportunity to present a live art performance including the mentorship of Perfromistanbul team and the prior support to the project development during the pre-residency period;

The venue selection in Istanbul will be made after the open call depending on the context of the performance and its relation with the space. The final performance will then travel to LADA, ending with a public event presenting the documentation of the performance in Istanbul, following with an artist talk including other cultural voices from the performance art world.


  • Has to be an artist living and working within the UK;
  • Has to have an equivalent portfolio and experience in exhibiting performance art.
  • Has to be seeking an opportunity to develop her /their practice and the concepts of her/ their artistic work.
  • Has to be able to explain how the experience of an international residency in Turkey may benefit her/ their career development and local networks and submit a motivation letter and a project proposal.

About Performistanbul & PCSAA

Performistanbul was founded with an initial aim to unite performance artists under one roof and promote their participation in new projects without a space of its own. Based in Istanbul, the platform continues to embrace its ‘’spaceless’’ identity by carrying out a flexible work model which consists in collaborating and developing projects with various art institutions and artists in the world.

Performistanbul is preparing to bring into being Turkey’s first Live Art Research Space, housing myriad resources on live art that will lead to a significant impact on the education and development of performance art. Therefore, Performistanbul Live Art Research Space (PCSAA), which will bring together over 7000 sources including international live art archives, documentations and publications is founded in the end of 2018.

Selection Panel

Performistanbul: Simge Burhanoglu (Founding Director), Azra Işmen (Director), and Naz Balkaya (Assistant Curator and UK Representative)

LADA: Lois Keidan (Co-Founder and Director), Finn Love (Programmes), and Joseph Morgan Schofield (Resources and Coordination)

Independent: Seyhan Musaoğlu (Curator, Artist, Founder of Space Debris), Merve Ünsal (Artist, Researcher), and Beral Madra (Independent Curator, Art Critic, Founder of BM Contemporary Art Centre).



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