Tracing the Origins of “Le Printemps des Artistes”

 

Fast-forward to the present, each year the exhibition is organised around a theme, a source of inspiration for the participating artists year on year. The themes are varied (the sea, women, diversity ...)  all the while preserving a link to this beloved city

 

Initially held in parallel with the weeklong festival of  “Francophonie”,  the PDA took inspiration from the colour codes and posters of the Francophonie campaign.

Since then the PDA has carved out its own unique identity, annually taking place during the months of Spring - April / May.

Tracing the Origins of  Le Printemps des Artistes

 

"How can we showcase the painters and artisans of Istanbul Accueil (IA)? " asks Consuelo Lemire, an active member of the association back in 2004. 

...By creating an exhibition! 

And so the first exhibition "Creations and Creators", the ancestor to Le Printemps des Artistes, was organized in collaboration with Sabine Buchmann painter, gallery owner and multimedia librarian at  Sainte Pulchérie Lisesi. The event took place over a week in the gallery of the Sainte Pulchérie theatre.

 

In 2006, Chris Baudry, member of Istanbul Accueil, aiming to present a more ambitious program to the French-speaking community, drew inspiration from the 2005 “Istanbouge” exhibition organized at the Lycée Saint Benoît. Fostering a meeting between expatriate French artists and local artists (painters and sculptors), this project was to be named “Le Printemps des Artistes”  (or Le PDA)!

In partnership with Sainte Pulchérie Lisesi in Beyoglu, she enlisted Mme Sabine Buchmann to help organise the event, Madame Baudry managing the logistical part while Madame Buchmann made the selection of artists.

And so the story of the PDA begins… a socially sustainable Art event now running in its 14th year!

19_04_03_SanatcilarinBahari004

19_04_03_SanatcilarinBahari004

17834355_1621418244550007_30389961890806

17834355_1621418244550007_30389961890806

11095083_984854744873030_573054320729921

11095083_984854744873030_573054320729921

1016006_764061876952319_1166242922884847

1016006_764061876952319_1166242922884847

13002593_989119784476571_474088089549603

13002593_989119784476571_474088089549603

30656187_2126804857344674_87245521642753

30656187_2126804857344674_87245521642753

30656776_2126810984010728_13123480062798

30656776_2126810984010728_13123480062798

30723881_2126811557344004_47569164119415

30723881_2126811557344004_47569164119415

30714065_1640405946014615_85623578095832

30714065_1640405946014615_85623578095832

30729067_1640405792681297_35499014349190

30729067_1640405792681297_35499014349190

30738107_1640407169347826_48212171017693

30738107_1640407169347826_48212171017693

30740213_1640402232681653_25267678934676

30740213_1640402232681653_25267678934676

30741083_1640405642681312_16304139439838

30741083_1640405642681312_16304139439838

2012 affiche PDA
Affiche_PDA 2017
Affiche_PDA 2010
Affiche_PDA 2011
Affiche_PDA 2013
Affiche_PDA 2014
Affiche_PDA 2016
Affiche_PDA 2015
Affiche_PDA 2018
Affiche_PDA 2019

So where are we at today ?  

 

At the end of 2008, following the departure of Ms. Baudry, a new IA team was formed to ensure the longevity of the project in partnership with Sainte Pulchérie Lisesi.. In 2009, the school transformed its basement into a 250m2 gallery. This new, bright and contemporary space called  the "Od'A - Ouvroir D’Art " Gallery was to hold all future PDA exhibitions.

 

Over time, the exhibition opened up to the entire international community, evolving into what is today one of the most anticipated art events of the spring season.

 

In 2013 the PDA, wishing to develop the event through better media coverage, a grand Opening and workshops for children, the organising team went in search of their first sponsor.

Since then,  each organising team has actively sought sponsorship to cover all costs related to a large-scale annual exhibition.

atel%C4%B1er%20enfants%20PDA2016_edited.
Copie de LAPE-Logo.jpg

since 2006: funding of various projects

in 2021: financing of medical beds

payda3.png

2019: educational support for students experiencing difficulties in continuing their studies

Since its inception, the PDA has also had a humanitarian goal in mind with 30% of the profits donated to charitable works. Originally, the LAPE hospital was the sole beneficiary, linked  to its historical relationship with the school.  Since 2015 however, the PDA also supports other worthy humanitarian causes.

 

So where do we stand today? In 2020, due to the Covid sanitary crisis, unfortunately  the PDA could not take place. 

 

And this year, 2021, has also been proving more difficult than expected, but anyway...Not to be beaten, the PDA has decided to adapt to the situation and develop its own digital communications platform - ie. an Online Virtual Exhibition tour plus an artworks website listing all works on sale in the exhibit. Both will be launched on Friday the 2nd of April in correlation with the original In-House Live Exhibition dates:  2-11 April.  So, watch This Space! 

 

logo tarlabası.jpg

2015/2016: be able to recruit / pay a primary school teacher 

yusra.png

2019: finance the cultural outings project for children from refugee families

DS 1863logo beyaz.jpg

2018: education aid for disadvantaged students who have lost (at least) one of their parents

2019 Retro 

2018 Retro

logo-PDA-fond-noir.png