Founded in a very large venue in Tophane, Mixer Arts may be the new face of Istanbul’s art scene. The webpage of the venue includes a very unusual invitation for artists, to create a Mixer profile and upload a portfolio. The director of the venue, Bengün Gün, said they aimed to open the space for young artists who have never had the chance to show their work. Mixer Arts, with this attitude, refuses to be a part of the system, but rather seeks to stand out from other art galleries.
Founded by Hamit Hamutcu, the venue is open for young artists and for those who would like to discover more artists and contemporary art in Istanbul.
On its website, the venue wrote, “Mixer is a brand new platform opened in the autumn of 2012 at Tophane, with the mission of supporting emerging artists and creating a space for art followers.”
The venue aims to create an interactive and social platform for local and international artists and audiences, Gün said. The director added that with its wide and multi-purpose space, Mixer organizes solo and group projects of all art disciplines in its performance and open studio space.
Gün said Mixer aimed to support the sustainability of artistic production and bring the artists and those who are interested in art together. It organizes events to make art accessible to everyone, creates a space for artists where they focus on producing their art and enhances the dialogue between the artist and anyone who wants to experience the production phase.
The artists in Mixer’s portfolio are able to exhibit and sell their artworks on the website and the venue, located at Tophane-Boğazkesen, without any limitations of time or location.
The style of Mixer
However, the venue is not working as a gallery and the artists are not dependant on the venue. Mixer leaves the artists on their own and free, which is not common in the Istanbul art scene. Gün said this was because Mixer, with the mission to reach all social groups, aimed to make art accessible and affordable. This policy provides the required support for the production of the artist while allowing anyone interested the chance to create his or her own collection.
More info at http://www.mixerarts.com/