Demirci – Umut Germeç – Mesut Eren – Kadir Selçuk Yaşa, Mediha Sevinç –Ilkay
Önsoy – Hikmet Uluçam – Nurtane Karagil – Mustafa Öztunc – Ipek Denizli Karagöz
– Cevdet Alparslan......These were the artists that came together for the Engraving
Days at the Eastern Mediterranean University, an event curated by the artist
Ayhatun Ateşin. The first five artists mentioned above came from Istanbul, very
fine artists whose albums of work you may find on the internet, and the other
five are renown Turkish Cypriot artists.
is an art form, an early art form, unfortunately not so widely and importantly
taught and performed as it should be, as it requires a printing press which is
expensive and is not available for purchase in Cyprus, for example. The one
press that was used for the Engraving Workshop is the property of the wood
cutting artist Mustafa Öztunç who has his studio in Nicosia.
artists were joined by quite a number of students who tried their mind and hand
on the process of engraving, be it lino or wood cut, or be it etching or any
other engraving form. The event took place in the EMU Activity Centre which
provides ample place for such activities. Students and art lovers could lean
over the shoulders of the experts mentioned above and study their technique.
had reported on one of the first events in 2012 with the same goal to raise
awareness for these art forms, see link
final exhibition took place on April 24 and many art lovers came, also the
students and their families. I had taken the bus from Girne which took me right
in front of the university gates and I had only 200 m to walk to reach the
took many pictures for the readers to see the kind of work they did. The art pieces
will remain with EMU and be added to the collection of earlier workshops.
exhibition is still open until May 15 from 8:00 – 20:00 hrs.