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8th Çanakkale Art Competition – Istanbul Exhibition

The opening of the Istanbul Exhibition of the "8th Çanakkale Art Competition" was held at the Gallery Işık-Istanbul on the Işık University Maslak Campus.

A collaborative of the Gallipoli Memorial Club of Sidney, Australia, Çanakkale 18 March University, and the Australian government, with additions from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Feyziye Schools Foundation's (FMV) Işık University and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, have entered quality works for this year's 8th organization of the Çanakkale Art Competition. For Istanbul art lovers, the exhibition runs until 27 December, 2013.

Attending the opening, and representing Prof. Dr. Nafiye Güneç, Rector of FMV Işık University, was Dean of the Economics and Management Sciences Faculty,  Prof. Dr. Mehmet Kaytaz. On behalf of Rector Prof. Dr. Sedat Laçiner of Çanakkale 18 March University was the Dean of the Fine Arts Faculty, Prof. Dr. Abdullah Kelkit. Representing Australia were Nicholas Sergi of the Çanakkale Consulate, Lino Strangis Australian Consulate-General of Istanbul, and retired Turkish Ambassador to Australia, Niyazi Adalı. 

With opening remarks, and speaking on behalf of the FMV Işık University's Rector, Prof. Dr. Nafiye Güneç, Dean of the Economics and Management Sciences Faculty of ,  Prof. Dr. Mehmet Kaytaz thanked the guests and artists and mentioned that the University was proud to play a role in the Çanakkale Art Competition.

Dean of the Çanakkale 18 March University Fine Arts Faculty, Prof. Dr. Abdullah Kelkit added that the with the need for art and the need for entries, every year we have seen increased numbers of entrants, which in turn raises the quality of the annual competition. In addition, events such as these only strengthen the relationships between the people of Turkey and Australia. 

In Memory of the Soldiers of Both Countries

Nicholas Sergi of the Çanakkale Consulate, in his remarks, noted that the success of the Art Competition Exhibition was the result of many individuals and organizations, and for the support of the Istanbul exhibition he offered special thanks to Işık University. Sergi Further noted that the Çanakkale Art Competition Exhibition reflected the stories of brotherhood and friendships that emerge from war-like circumstances. In the memory of both countries' soldiers, he emphasized the peace, friendship and cooperation between these two countries. In his words, thanks to such efforts, these artworks will be delivered as an inheritance to future generations. In addition, corresponding to 2015 commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Australia in Turkey and Turkey in Australia, Sergi stressed that the activities taking place over the coming two years carry tremendous importance. 

Final Competition to be Held in 2015

In 2015, with the 100-year commemoration of the Çanakkale Wars, the final Çanakkale Art Competition and project will be held. As a fitting conclusion, the 20 first place winners from the 10-year competition will go on display in specially organized exhibitions in Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand. 

Interest in the exhibition has continued to grow each year. This year, 200 works were submitted for judging. The Jury Members were: Prof. Dr. Abdullah Kelkit, Prof. Dr. Süleyman Saim Tekcan, Prof. Dr. Gündüz Gölönü, Prof. Dr. Aydın Ayan and Nicholas Sergi of the Çanakkale Consulate. The jury of the 8th Çanakkale Art competition selected the following winners: 

First Prize; Artist: Samet DOĞAN

Çanakkale Governor's Award; Artist: Nebi YAVAŞÇA

Australian Embassy Award; Artist: Yıldırım İNCE

Rector's Award; Artist: Uğur AVCI

Jury's Special Award; Artist: Emine ERMİŞ & Artist: Bersen ÖZKAN. 

Professional and amatuer artists from Turkey as well as university Fine Arts Faculty students are welcome to submit works of art to the Competition. Interested artists should submit the application form found at:  www.gelibolumemorial.net