Curatorial Residency

Open Space announces first recipient of Open Space Curatorial Residency: Rita Aktay

Open Space has announced on 24 June 2019 that Rita Aktay has been selected as the first recipient of the inaugural Open Space Curatorial Residency. Aktay will travel to Istanbul between 3 August – 30 September 2019, where she will develop a project in collaboration with arts institutions based in the city. Her final project will then be presented in both Istanbul in September and London in November 2019.

Rita Aktay was selected by the International Jury of the 2019 Open Space Curatorial Residency consisting of: Bige Örer (Director, Istanbul Biennial and Visual Arts Projects, IKSV), Alessio Antoniolli (Director, Gasworks & Triangle Network), Julie Lomax (CEO, a-n Artist Information Company & Chair of The Showroom), Kathy Noble (Curator and Manager of Curatorial Affairs, Performa) and Huma Kabakci (Founding Director, Open Space).

Launched in February 2019 as part of Open Space’s new annual programme, the curatorial residency offers one emerging curator each year the opportunity to spend eight weeks in Istanbul, working with Istanbul-based arts organisations including the Huma Kabakci Collection, Istanbul Biennial and SAHA to develop a new curatorial project.