EKAV / Education, Culture and Research Foundation has started its operations on November 23rd, 1991, with the aim of carrying the concept of art to a wider area, and giving support to young artists of the future.
The Ekavart Gallery is a non-profit establishment under EKAV. The system works with donations. All the income earned through various activities are granted students as scholarships who are receiving art education, to support the artists of the future. Our Gallery is located in Süzer Plaza, under the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
The Ekavart Gallery aims at improving the quality of life in general and at the level of social consciousness within the general population through combining the language of art and esthetic values. Ever since the opening of the Gallery, solo and mixed exhibitions that included the works of the masters of Turkish art as well as the works of the younger generations, personal development seminars, signing days, workshops, concerts have been conducted there.
The Gallery hosted the works of many well-known artists such as Fahrel Nisa Zeid, Ergin İnan, Süleyman Saim Tekcan, Muzaffer Akyol, Balkan Naci İslimyeli, Seyyit Bozdoğan, Okan Bayülgen, Mercan Dede, Nezih Çavuşoğlu, Ali Alışır, Sezin Aksoy, Uğur Çakı, Yalçın Bilgin, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Genco Gülan, Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu, Bubi, and Bilge Alkor. The Gallery also hosted group exhibitions such as “Caution! Woman!” project exhibition for our Foundation’s 20th year and “EKAV-ARTIST New Generation” which became a tradition for every year; consists the works of the Foundation’s scholars.
Besides the exhibitions, our foundation gallery conducted seminars, concerts, panels and signing days. Seminars such as; Acar Baltaş’s “Catching Your Own Star”, “How Success is Affected by Luck”, Mümin Sekman’s; “Success Starts in the Brain”, “Succeeding is Art”, “Becoming a Success Artist”, educator writer Nil Gün’s; “The Law of Gravity”, Songül Vardar’s “The Art of Being a Leader”, Prof. Dr. Sadun Ersin’s psaltery concert, artist Ayla Algan and Ardan Özmenoğlu’s workshops, nutritionist Dilara Koçak and art historian Senem Demirhan’s seminar, a conference “Jewelry in the Ottoman’s” presented by Prof. Dr. Gül İrepoğlu, 60th year celebration of İsmail Tunalı and signing day, Mercan Dede and Arzu Kaprol’s artist talk about “Art and Life”, Balkan Naci İslimyeli and Lale Müldür’s artist talk about “Painting and Poetry”, Cemre Birand’s book signings for “Memoş’a Sözüm Vardı” and “Memoş’lu Yıllar”.
EKAV Foundation also published books called “Opening to the West in Art and Osman Hamdi” and “Ottoman Capital Istanbul” written by Prof. Mustafa Cezar. These books compromise a huge academic resource for researchers and their free editions can be found at the local public libraries.
Since the day of the foundation’s establishment, we have been very active in fields such as; education, culture and the arts. EKAV Foundation was the first to come up with the project; “Satellite Art Centers” at the malls in intention to spreading the arts and interfusing it in people’s daily lives.
EKAV ever grows, enriched under the slogan of “Art Improves, Art Heals, Art Unites” and achieves activities that enlighten the cultural platforms of our country, sharing these activities with the artists and those art-lovers who have dedicated themselves to art.