If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain
art project initiated by the two institutions ARTTERAPI and EMAA; behind the
first one is Bahar Ciralı, a fine artist with an art centre in Kyrenia and EMAA
is our art association, the president of which is Zehra Şonya, a sculptor and
activist. The art project is based on the worldwide activity ‘Let’s colour our
country’ in this case ‘Let’s colour North Cyprus’.
on walls of buildings are painted in bright colours with donations made by
local companies and institutions, you can get the idea when you look up their
website ‘Let’s colourproject.com’, a worldwide movement to create better living
idea in North Cyprus is to fill the walls along the highway leading from
Kyrenia to Lefkoşa with art works by local artists. Years ago, a retired army
officer and painter had already covered the walls with Cypriot symbols, carpets
and flowers, but these had faded over the years.
not use the empty space again to establish an open air art museum since we
don’t have one in Northern Cyprus, the treasures of our artists are hidden in
the corridors and cellars of the Parliament.
were invited to hand in a draft in April and on May 04, that is a Sunday, the
artists will transpose their concept onto the walls whitewashed by one of the
sponsors, Tayf Marshall. Each artist
participating will have a space available of 10x 1.50-2m. The artists
participating are our crème de la crème, here mentioned by name: Batu Gündal, Bahar
Ciralı, Emel Samioğlu, Ayça
AKARCANAyca Akarcan, Erman Karagöz, Feryal
Sukan, Gönen Atakol, Gökçe Keceçi, Hüseyin Özinal, Inci Kansu, Ipek Karagöz,
Ismet Tatar, Mustafa Hastürk, Nilgün Güney, Osman Keten, Salih Oral, Salih
Mustafa Çizel, Sinem Ertaner, Şenol Özdevrim, Şifa Alkapon, Uğur Bahceçi, Umay
Erol Kutay, Ülviye Karabaşak, Zehra Şonya, Bedia Kale, Özge Ertanin, Salih
Bayraktar, Nurtane Karagil, Musa Kayra, Derviş Nihad, Halil Ozankaya, Ozan
Özgenler, Serken Ilseven, Sibel Kemal Uzun, Tanju Aykol, Taylan Öguzkan,
Türksal Ince, Zühre Özkaraman.Ayça AKARCAN,
Bahar ÇIRALI, Batu GÜNDAL, Bedia KALE, Emel SAMİOĞLU, Derviş NİHAD, Erman
KARAGÖZ, Eser KEÇECİ, Feryal SÜKAN, Gökçe KEÇECİ, Gönen ATAKOL, Hüseyin ÖZİNAL,
Halil OZANKAYA, İnci KANSU, İpek Denizli KARAGÖZ, İsmet TATAR, Kemal Behçet
CAYMAZ, Musa KAYRA, Mustafa HASTÜRK, Nilgün GÜNEY, Nurtane KARAGİL, Osman
KETEN, Ozan ÖZGENLER, Özge ERTANIN, Salih Mustafa ÇİZEL, Salih ORAL, Serkan
İLSEVEN, Sibel Kemal UZUN, Sinem ERTANER, Şifa ALKAPON, Tanju AKYOL, Taylan
OĞUZKAN, Türksal İNCE, Uğur BAHÇECİ, Ülviye KARABAŞAK, Zehra ŞONYA, Zühre
sponsors are Tayf/Marshall to provide the material to the artists; TL 200 for
each artist, 10 liter of paint in all shades, T-Shirt, and so forth.
Girne Municipality, to make work possible, such as clearing the space,
providing tables and chairs for the artists who will be painting the walls as
from May 04; organising meals;
Highway Control will provide security by regulating the traffic.
will be a final thank you dinner organised by the Girne Municipality.
will then be able to admire our artists work on public walls instead of in a
museum; I’ll be watching it and report back to our readers; however, I
sincerely hope that there will be traffic speed reduced to 30 km to prevent
accidents, also in the future, as I can
promise you, there will be some awesome art work on display.