The Artist-in-Residence Program provides local and visiting artists, curators, and researchers with accomodation and studio facilities at the Tile Factory, providing a unique space for the creation, development and exchange of creative ideas and projects. The program serves most of all as a meeting place for artists: facilitating creative encounters, discussions and the exchange of experiences, and then opening these up to the public, acting as a conduit to the outside world.

In a sense, the residency acts as an incubator for the creation and exchange of ideas, experiences and representations. In the course of residency, our public - both within the region and further afield - are encouraged to engage with activities planned to help create awareness of one's own cultural difference and uniqueness. Each artist is given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project while in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region. Opportunities to work with local artists and the local community during the residencies will be plentiful and strongly encouraged.  

Applications are currently closed.

Ayse Erkmen

Ayse Erkman proposed to work with the Qalqilya Zoo, particularly with the stuffed/taxidermist animals there. What interested her, was the transformation of the Zoo into a natural history museum by freezing and saving life along with stories that are unfortunately/ sadly funny; "Brownie the giraffe dying while fleeing from the sounds of a gunfire, falling down and breaking his neck and ten days later his pregnant partner Rudi having a miscarriage because of sorrow and Brownie and his unborn giraffe son being stuffed to stand together in a special exhibition space inside the zoo."

Unfortunately, due to the political situation at the time and the impossibility of entering Qalqilya in 2004 because of seizures and imposed curfews on Qalqilya by the Israeli army, Erkman could not realize this project. The project was therefore postponed to a later date.


Ayse Erkmen was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1949. She lives and works in Istanbul and Berlin.

Solo exhibitions include Itself, Magazine 4, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz (2011 – 2012); La Biennale di Venezia, 54th International Art Exhibition, Turkish Pavilion, Venice (2011); 15-5519, Between You and I – Intervention 4, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2010); Doppelhaushalfte, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, (2010)

Group exhibitions include Dream and reality, Modern Museum, Istanbul (2011 - 2012); BMW Guggenheim Lab, Berlin (2012); Nodern Times, Kettle’s Yard, London (2012); Archive III / Animated Movements, Sekerbank/ New Media Art Gallery, Istanbul (2011)