The PDA team
First established in 2006, “Le Printemps des Artistes” is a week-long art exhibition organised by Istanbul Accueil and hosted by our partner Sainte Pulchérie Lisesi in their Od’A - Ouvroir d’Art art gallery in Taksim.
The exhibition takes place in springtime and the aim is twofold: to showcase local artists (turkish and international) while raising funds for carefully selected charities. Now in it’s 14th year, the PDA has become a famous cultural rendezvous for both the local turkish, french speaking, and international communities as well as the local Arts community.
A socially sustainable Art event is now running in its 14th year!
The PDA team
The PDA 2021 team is a small group of 5 volunteers (Eve, Florence, Karen, Karima and Tiphaine), all members of Istanbul Accueil.
Some of us have been living in Istanbul for years and others for less, but all dedicated to the success of this socio-cultural and charitable project.
Right now all our energies are focused on making this 14th edition a timeless event, unifying many talents...
What's in store for you?
The cosmopolitan, multicultural, colorful , noisy city of Istanbul, with both traditional and modern architecture appeals to our five senses. The choice of the theme Istanbul, city of contrast, was therefore obvious to the team in charge of the project.
The 2021 edition presents 9 international artists : 4 women and 5 men of Turkish, Syrian and American nationalities.
These artists will share with us their original vision of Istanbul thanks to the diversity of their art : painting, photography, collage.
Passionate and mobilized, they are committed with determination in this formidable charitable adventure in order to ensure its success.
A charitable arts exhibition
All works of art exhibited are for sale and 30% of the proceeds are generously donated to the following: Hayata Sarıl Dernegi, Mor Çatı Kadın Sığınağı Vakfı and Lape Hospital.
Hayata Sarıl Dernegi
Founded in 2017, the aim is to reintegrate homeless individuals, ignored and marginalized in society, back into communal life. Based on a sustainable social entrepreneurship business model, the HAYATA SARIL lokantasi is the first of its kind in Turkey.
Functioning entirely on a volunteer basis , it provides job opportunities for the homeless acting as a regular restaurant by day and serving free food to the homeless by night.
Their next project is to open a laundromat and shower facilities for the homeless based on the same business model by December 2021. This is based on the principle that personal hygiene is key to regaining self-confidence and to leading to a healthier life.
Mor Çatı Kadın Sığınağı Vakfı was originally created in 1990 to provide shelter for women and children subjected to situations of domestic violence. Today this association provides two services in Istanbul : a solidarity centre providing both legal and psychological services to those in need and a small housing shelter.
Their ultimate mission is to help women become independent and fight against domestic violence by building their self-esteem and changing their perception in society.
Lape Hospital has been operating in Istanbul since 1857. Donated to the Sisters of Saint Vincent in 1902 by Sultan Abdul Hamid II, its main purpose is to treat patients with psychiatric disorders. It is still run by the Sisters of Charity who also founded Sainte Pulchérie Lisesi in 1864. As a key beneficiary of the project over the years, the historical link with LAPE has been instrumental in the development of our long-standing partnership with Sainte Pulcherie and the Od’A-Ouvroir d’Art Gallery.
Partners and sponsors
A project like the PDA could not take place without the generosity of our sponsors.
Their support makes it possible to finance a variety of costs associated with curating such an exhibition.
In short, without them, …..the PDA would not exist!
Once again a big thank you to:
Thank you to
With the technical support of the Institut Français de Turquie - Istanbul branch