Full Art Prize 2012
Contemporary Art in Turkey lacks public sponsorship, which means it is shaped by corporate support and investments of industrial families. These businesses have their own interests and thus threaten the independence of the supported artists and their projects. While more and more artists live and work in Turkey and galleries are popping up everywhere in Istanbul, there is still a strong need for independent support of artists producing substantial art works, which might not sell well at commercial galleries.
Spotting this need, AR Corporate Group launched FULL Art Prize in 2012 as the nation’s first ever privately funded contemporary art prize to encourage promising new artists in their quest to reach wider audiences. Contemporary artists under the age of 40 and citizens of the Republic of Turkey or other country citizens residing in Turkey for over two years are eligible for the annual competition.
FULL Art Prize was announced with an open call and artists submitted applications comprised of a maximum 10 works/projects created in the past five years through a website over a three month submission period from January 2012 onwards.
This years jury consisted of well-known figures from various fields of the arts: Evrim Altuğ (journalist, critic), Gülsün Karamustafa (artist), Vasıf Kortun (SALT, Research and Programs Director), Bige Örer (İKSV, İstanbul Biennial Director), Agah Uğur (collector, Borusan Holding CEO) and Hüseyin Arslan (FULL, AR Group Chair of Executive Board).
Due to the high amount of brilliant projects submitted, the jury chose to exceed the award protocol during the evaluation meeting and selected 13 rather than 10 finalists for the prize. The selected artists were Alper Aydın, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Burak Delier, Elmas Deniz, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Özgür Erkök, Mehmet Fahracı, Zeren Göktan, Borga Kantürk, Tayfun Serttaş, Cengiz Tekin, Serkan Taycan and Gözde Türkkan.
Artists Işıl Eğrikavuk and Aslı Çavuşoğlu were awarded the inaugural FULL Art Prize in a ceremony held in İstanbul on 7 November 2012 at the Hasköy Yarn Factory. The prize, which carries a 25,000 TL award, was split between the two artists.
For three months, the public was able to vote for one of the 13 finalists on a website showing their portfolios. The artist selected through public vote was Cengiz Tekin, who received the 5,000 TL Public Jury Award.
The exhibition titled "sevennovembertwothousandtwelve", curated by Öykü Özsoy, featuring the works of the 2012 competition’s finalists, was exhibited until 28 November at the Hasköy Yarn Factory.
FULL Art Prize is also creating a visual online database including the participating artists to make their work accessible to an international public. Furthermore, the prize committee prepared a book presenting the 13 semi-finalists’ works. Contributors of the book are Evrim Altuğ, Öykü Özsoy, Zeynep Öz, Özge Ersoy and Azra Tüzünoğlu.