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08 March 2020 Sunday



Dear art enthusiasts,

These lands that we transformed with the yeast we brought from the central Asia centuries ago now have the soul that is capable of telling “us” to the world, with their mountains, stones and any kind of works we derived from those. This soul appears as the forms that can be seen, heard and felt all trough our universe of civilization, and maintains its existence like a title deed beyond Anatolia and Thrace, in the Middle East, Balkans, Caucasus and North Africa.

All traditional arts of ours with their capabilities to express “the truth of what we are” such as ornamentations blossoming in the dome of a sacred mosque, calligraphies awaiting to be read on the wall of a dervish lodge, miniatures, marbling and ceramics reinforcing what we know about our history with imagination…. All those are our assets that we cannot measure but know, that say “I exist”, that create memories for our cities, suburbs, spaces, graves in three continents where our one thousand-story stems from.

“Masters of the Future Traditional Arts Design Contest” that is organized for the seventh time this year has been realized with the hope of raising masters who can understand, tell our civilization and ensure sustainability of our traditional arts. This way, in 2019, our traditional arts will revive in the works of artists who are to pay attention to the contest from the home country and abroad, in the fields of Islamic calligraphy, ornamentation, miniature, marbling, ceramics and binding. It is a unique experience for me to witness the manifestation of our ideals, civilization inheritance in the works of arts with the hands of young artists and to conduce to the composition of the spirit of our time through the hands of young artists.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all artists of ours who are to make contributions to the “Masters of the Future Traditional Arts Design Contest” with their works, precious members of our selection committee who are to evaluate the works with a great scrupulousness and my colleagues who have worked with self-devotion in all stages of the contest.

  • The contest organized to contribute to the development of traditional arts is named "Traditional Art Design Contest".
  • The destermined main theme "Sadâkat (Loyalty)" is chosen due to the concept of the contest. The subject is unconstrained in other branches expect for Hüsn-i Hat (Calligraphy).
  • The fields of the contest organized in eight branches are as follows:
    -Tile (Çini) -Hand-drawing(Kalemişi)
    *The works participating in the contest in the field of Hüsn-i Hat will be evaluted in 3 separate branches and rewarded (Thuluth, Jalî Thuluth, Jalî Talik an Talik).
  • The works to be submitted to the contest will be evaluted by the announced jury.
  • Principles related to the branches of contest are given in "Contest Specifications"
  • Members of the jury and their 1st degree relatives cannot participate in the contest. All amateur or professional artist and art students can participate. Students of the jury members may also participate in the contest.
  • Each artist can only participate in one branch and with one work.
  • There is no age and education level limitation to apply to the contest
  • Citizens of the Republic of Turkey and foreign nationalities may apply for the contest. Applications can also be made in the country and abroad.
  • The Participant acknowledges, declares and undertakes that the work it has sent to the contest is wholly owned by him/her and all permits are received. If the work belongs to someone else, the legal responsibility of copyright infringement shall belong to the participant. When detected, awards, titles and acquisitions that are awarded to those participants will be revoked. This does not mean that there will be a re-arrangement in the ranking of other participants.
  • The work to be submitted to the contest must not be exhibited or published before.
  • Works awarded in all branches (1. 2. 3. and 2 incentives) will be kept in the municipality collection. Non- awarded works will be returned to the participants after the exhibition.
  • In the event that no work is awarded by the jury, the prizes in that area shall be canceled..
  • Zeytinburnu Municipality is entitled to use the visuals of the works submitted to the contest, information about the works or artists on the books, catalogs, brochures, posters etc. which may be directly or indirectly related to the contest or irrespective of the fact that whether they have been awarded or not, or on its website, internet and press promotions for the purpose of publicity. No royalties will be paid to the artist regarding this.
  • The Municipality of Zeytinburnu has the right to exhibit the works submitted to the contest, the visuals of the works and the related information.
  • Zeytinburnu Municipality shall not be held responsible for the losses and damages arising from submissions.
  • No introductory sign such as name, signature, seal, etc. shall be used in any part of the work to be submitted to the contest. A number consisting of 6 digits and 1 letter will be written on the back right corner of the work. The artist will deliver the work along with an envelope in which the name, surname, e-mail address, internet site (if any), home phone, mobile phone, correspondence address, date of birth, the branch applied are enclosed.
  • Prize money will be given to the works present in the first top three and which received incentives. Works entitled to exhibition rights will not receive cash prizes.
  • All selection stages of the contest will be recorded with the camera and photographed.
  • Any information, announcements and respective results related to the contest will be available at
  • Any artist who has applied to this contest and is accepted to compete are deemed to have accepted all conditions of the contest.
Address of Application
Zeytinburnu Belediyesi
Zeytinburnu Kültür ve Sanat Merkezi
Semiha Şakir Caddesi 15 Temmuz Meydanı
Telephone:+90 212 413 11 11 / 3608