the seventh year the art event AcademiADA took place at the Near East
University from 25 April until May 03, 2016. Seven art teachers and 50 students
from various universities in Turkey came to work together with art departments
in the disciplines ceramics, sculpture, painting, graphic design and
photography. The finale, the
presentation of the work done within ten days was held on May 03 at the Main
Library of the Near East University and the guests were thanked and honoured
for their cooperation by Prof. Dr. Uğurcan
Akyüz, Vice Dean. One of the teachers I recognised from the event the year
was a happy crowd that had gathered in one of the auditoriums of the library
building and the teachers coming on stage were greeted with cheers and applause.
One of the teachers was missing, he was still busy working on the statue of
Aphrodite outside with his students, a place I visited later.
the red ribbon was cut, we could walk around and inspect the works displayed. Again
this year, the ceramic work was strong again, this year concentrating on
decorating and glazing on prefab ceramic plates and a wall frieze made from
tiles with a decor of the Cyprus bird. All very nicely done, nice designs, I
enjoyed that. The sculpting with clay seemed to have concentrated on the
Aphrodite sculpture which was then cast in polymer as I learnt later. Very
the other disciplines digital art, painting and photography motives and forms
from nature dominated, with a few exceptions of abstract painting.
believe in the educational values of the arts and I believe in the importance
of cultural exchange, of working together and learn new ways.
friend took me to the space of Aphrodite, she lay on her face and was worked on
with a polishing machine, even in this position she looked great. I hope she
will get a nice place with a governing view.