Art workshops established by the Women, Family and Youth Center of Turkish Religious Affairs Foundation in cooperation with Kuveyt Türk are operational now. The traditional art workshops located in the courtyard of Sinan Paşa Mosque in Beşiktaş borough of Istanbul were unveiled by Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, Minister of Family and Social Policies.
Doing its best to convey our historical and cultural heritage to the future generations and to ensure our traditional arts survive, Kuveyt Türk Katılım Bank and the Women, Family and Youth Center (KAGEM) of Turkish Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV) cooperated to realize the TDV KAGEM-Kuveyt Türk Art Workshops project. Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, Minister of Family and Social Policies, and Prof. Hasan Kamil Yılmaz, Mufti of Istanbul Province, and lovers of art were among the participants of the opening ceremony held on 2 May 2018 Wednesday for the TDV KAGEM-Kuveyt Türk Art Workshops.
In her speech at the opening ceremony, Minister of Family and Social Policies said “Culture and art are pillars on which our ancient civilization stands. Our arts, together with our national identity, are our search, aesthetics, manners and, in a way, the seal we stamped on history. All the progresses we achieved can only be made meaningful and valuable by culture and arts. Therefore, we consider the progress in culture and arts very important. I would like to thank Kuveyt Türk for realizing this project in cooperation with TDV KAGEM.”
A center of arts developing its own cultural texture
In his speech at the opening ceremony, Mustafa Dereci, Manager Group Administrative Affairs of Kuveyt Türk, said: “We work hard for the protection, improvement and maintenance of all the assets we have got to appreciate Turkey. For this purpose, we adopt our cultural heritage and aesthetic values with reference to our social values. What we expect from the art workshops we established in cooperation with the Women, Family and Youth Center of Turkish Religious Affairs Foundation is to use the common language of arts speaking to all social classes to convey our culture and moral values to the young generation. These workshops will teach such traditional arts as calligraphy, ornamentation, miniature, tile and paper marbling in addition to abstract painting and music. The courses will be taught by artists whose personalities would be role models for youngsters. The fact that divine service will be provided together with science, wisdom and arts in these workshops right in the courtyard of Sinan Paşa Mosque designed by Sinan the Architect, that they would constitute a location developing its own cultural texture, makes us very happy.”
The TDV KAGEM-Kuveyt Türk Art Workshops set up in the courtyard of Sinan Paşa Mosque located in Beşiktaş borough of Istanbul will teach such traditional arts as calligraphy, ornamentation, miniature, tile and paper marbling in addition to abstract painting and music.
After the TDV KAGEM-Kuveyt Türk Art Workshops, an exhibition entitled Süleymanname, created by Özcan Özcan Miniature Project Workshop, was opened at Dolmabahce Art Gallery. This exhibition presents and interprets in a new way Süleymanname, written by Arif Çelebi and describing the realm of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent from 1520 to 1556.