VI. International Architecture, Civil Engineering and Graphic Design Project Festival which hosted by the Near East University in Turkish Republic of North Cyprus this year started.
The opening ceremony of the Festival through which graduation projects in line with international standards will compete realized with participation of local and foreign scientists, academicians and students at Hall 4 of Grand Library of Near East University.
According to a press info released by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of Near East University, the festival throughout which the students from civil engineering, architecture and graphic design departments will compete with their graduation projects. At the end of the Festival, the jury of the Festival will decide on the projects to be awarded and the owners of the winning projects will be awarded.
Scientists and academicians specializing on architecture, civil engineering and design, whose majority coming from 15 countries, including Russia, Bulgaria, Holland, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Turkey and Ukraine, are taking place at the Festival.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel: “We are proud to host the festival which will lead to future of the architectural discipline…”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Near East University, delivered the opening speech of the Festival in Hall 4 and in his speech said that the International Festival of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Graphic Design will contribute much to the qualifications of students and shed light on the future of architectural discipline. Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel said “The conference held in form of a festival in order to evaluate the projects of the students from faculties of architecture and determine whether they are in line with the international standards will definitely shed light on development of graduation projects in future. The awards that will be given at the end of the conference will promote the competitions amongst the students and enhance them in focusing on their objectives”. Assoc. Prof. Günsel also emphasized that the Near East University gives the utmost importance in line with her wide line of vision and perspective and will continue to support such organizations in order to help and promote our students to gain the identity of a researcher and raise professional awareness.
Prof. Amirlan Kussainov, Rector of KazGASA, said in his speech that the Festival hosted by Near East University has created a precious opportunity to bring new projects together.
Prof. Ducen Kasseniov, General Secretary of TURKSOY, said in his speech that the Festival would be a new step in establishment of future and building up of peace in future.
Yılmaz Batıbey, General Secretary of Turkic World Architects and Engineers Union, said in his speech that they are very proud of becoming a part of such a precious event held by the Near East University in designing the future of the world.
Following the opening speeches, memorial plaques and presents were handed in.
Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts and Design held the 7th Graduation Exhibition and displayed the artworks created by graduates of the academic year 2015-2016.
According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, the opening ceremony of the exhibition was held at the faculty’s reorganized exhibition hall with participation of academics including Faculty’s Acting Dean Prof. Dr. Uğurcan AKYÜZ, departments’ chairpersons, teaching staff, guests, graduates and their parents and Inci KANSU as guest of honor.
In order to embrace art lovers and underline the creative and aesthetic value as well as the unifying and integrative power of art, the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design holds graduation exhibition on a traditional basis. This year, the artworks created by students, who graduated from the Department of Plastic Arts and Department of Graphic Design, have been crowned with a catalogue and presented to art lovers. Artworks covering painting, sculpture, ceramics that created and finalized through a variety of applications including illustration, stop motion, printmaking, and animation, photographic and graphic techniques set a model for its counterparts.
The exhibition is open till the beginning of September; art lovers and enthusiasts can visit the exhibition within working hours.
It was revealed that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Office of Culture had organised the 8th Young Artists Competition and as a result of the evaluations of the jury, which included İnci KANSU, Emel SAMİOĞLU and Güner PİR, 68 pieces of 25 participants were found appropriate to exhibit. It was also pointed out that for the first time, a digital print had been awarded due to the contemporary visions of the jury; emphasising that the use of digital technologies were of same significance as using traditional methods in arts. This approach was expressed to be a first in the TRNC and it was well regarded.
According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, five awards were given at the competition; four of which were: Success Award- Raif KIZIL’s “İçimdeki Çığlık-I” (the scream inside of me); Success Award- Mehmet SARİLER’s “Horoz Dövüşü-III”(cock fight-III); Honourable Mention- Tamer EKENDAL, “I”; and Jury Special Award- Rahme MANASTIRLI, “Göç-IV” (migration-IV).
Other than the pieces which received awards, 41 pieces of the NEU Faculty of Fine Arts and Design were found to be worthy to exhibit. The pieces of the following students and graduates of the Faculty were exhibited as a result of the competition: Bekir RUSO, Deren KALFAOĞLU, Dicle ÖZLÜSES, Fatma N. ÖZOĞUL, Hakan RÜŞLÜ, Hascan İLERİ, Kemal BORAK, Kemal B. CAYMAZ, Necla Ecem ÖZOĞUL, and Neriman ŞABAN.
According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, NEU Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, which traditionally organizes the international art exhibition yearly, has held the Akademiada-7 exhibition on Near East Campus on 25th April-3rd, 2016. Considered to be one of the most valued art exhibition which is held in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and the Akademiada-7 exhibition will be opened on Tuesday, 3rd May at 11:00 and the pieces produced will be displayed at Foyer of Near East University Grand Library. The exhibition is expressed to include sculptures, ceramic work, photographs and graphic designs.
The exibition of PROJECTION-S organized by the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design of Near East University was opened at Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Mirvad Kuric, Minister of Culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina,Soner Şahin, Sarajevo Cultural Attaché of Turkey, Marina Finci, Dean of Sarajevo Fine Arts Academy, Vice Dean Nusret Pasic, Enver Hadziomerspahic, Director of Sarajevo Museum of Contemporary Art, and Edin Numankadic, Director of Olimpijski Muzej, and several officers, directors, artists and art lovers attended to opening ceremony. Prof. Dr. Uğurcan Akyüz, Mustafa Hastürk and Hasan Zeybek attended to opening ceremony in representation of participant artists.
According to a press statement released by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of Near East University, the PROJECTION-S exhibition opened at Galerija Preporod in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, is the third of the exhibitions planned to be opened at five capitals (Ankara-Turkey, Baku-Azerbaijan, Sarajevo-Bosnia-Herzegovina, Tallin-Estonia, Nicosia-TRNC) within the scope of FIVE CAPITAL FIVE EXHIBITION PROJECT prepared by the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design of Near East University for 2015-2016 academic year.
According to the press release from the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, Prof. Dr. Uğurcan Akyüz, Acting Dean of NEU Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, and Çetin Özen, Acting Dean of NEU Faculty of Performing Arts, delivered the following common message regarding the World Art Day.
“With a solid commitment to ensuring permanence and continuity of the objectives of World Art Day, we believe that the aesthetic and transformative value of art can bring a gratifying solution for mankind for issues such as war, exploitation, hunger, poverty, discrimination and environment.
On such a significant day, it is our greatest wish that the integrative and unifying power of art will pave the way for all dissociated forces to work together and away from all conflicts of interest to lay a claim on the universal values that created by mankind throughout history.
As long as the creative activity of art keeps its efforts towards embracing wider populations with a special focus on the happiness of mankind, we hope that policies and practices, which are carried out against civilization in spite of communal sensitivity, will come to an end.
With this very important historical responsibility that we lay a claim on, in this challenging era in which even the right to life is threatened, we celebrate the World Art Day of our colleagues and our society. May the freedom and art, which is a field of originality, fill the life of artists and art lovers to eternity”.
3rd year students of the Department of Graphical Design of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design of Near East University have opened a new exhibition, exhibiting their work produced at the Fall Term of Academic Year of 2015-2016.
According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, third year students are exhibiting their typographic printed bags. At the exhibition, it is possible to see the work of: Berkiye Saif,Atakan Hacikadiroğlu, Berk Özsöz, Deniz Aksoy, Tılsım Demiroğlu, Ayten Erses, Bekir Ruso, Burak Eyigün, Raci Ulutaş, Emre Türk, Deniz Gezmiş Yeşilada, Güner Özyay and Burak Ercan.
Making a short speech at the opening of the exhibition, Deniz Aksoy spoke on behalf of all contributing students and said: “We have added to the knowledge and experiences on Basic Art Education module with our Typography module. We have scrutinised dots, lines, stains and similar elements with the light of typography. We have printed onto clothing with relief printing technique and later, we used these to make bags. Obtaining a final product of a design, observing and experiencing the whole process from beginning to the end was a significant gain for us all.”
Making a short statement on the matter, Academic Member in charge of the Typography Module, Dr. Gökhan Okur, expressed that typography was an applied module and that they wanted to reveal the products of their applications through an exhibition; motivating the students throughout the term to produce products to exhibit at an exhibition. Furthermore, preparing for an exhibition also helped the students to gain the relative skills needed.
Also making a statement Representative Dean of the Faculty of Fine arts and Design, Prof.Dr. Uğurcan Akyüz congratulated the students and the academic member in charge of the module for preparing such a fruitful exhibition and added that this exhibition was exemplary to everyone.
Crocus hartmannianus, which is an endemic species to Cyprus flora, was come upon in North Cyprus after full sixty years. This perennial herb, which was discovered in 1904-1905 by Ernest Hartmann in a few locations on the Troodos Mountains, was last seen on January 30, 1956 by ecologist L.F. H. Merton at 600 meter high stony grounds located in Buffavento Castle region.
As an interesting coincidence, after full sixty years and to the very day on January 30, 2016, this endemic herb was seen by a group of academics from NEU Faculty of Fine Arts and Design. This endemic species was seen at 888m height on the Beşparmak ( Kyrenia) Mountains but in a different location than that of Buffavento Castle region.
According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office, the species was photographed in eco-scientific format and its coordinates were determined by the group of academics consisting of Uğurcan Akyüz, Raif Dimililer, Hasan Zeybek, Başaran C.Akyüz, and Hikmet Uluçam.
After sharing the images on social media, the intensity of interest brought the issue into the agenda of ecologists. The reappearance of this endemic herb has created quite a stir among environmentalists.
After seeing the plant, particularly Hikmet Uluçam searched the relevant publications including “an illustrated flora of North Cyprus by D. E. Viney”, “Koeltz Scientific Books, Koenigstein Germany 1994”, “Flora of Cyprus Volume II by R.D. Meikle”, and “The Bentham-Moxon Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, England, 1985” in order to identify this endemic herb. After a careful research on the relevant literature, it was concluded that the plant was Crocus hartmannianus.
After this conclusion, the group continued to search the region and came upon another endemic species to Cyprus; Crocus veneris that located almost at the same coordinates.
Studies are ongoing on both endemic herbs.
The exhibition of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design of Near East University, named “Projection-B” has been held in Baku, Azerbaijan!
According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the exhibition titled as Projection-B is part of the series of exhibitions to be held at capitals of certain cities (Ankara-Turkey; Baku-Azerbaijan; Bosnia-Sarajevo; Tallinn-Estonia; Nicosia-TRNC) and the last to be held at Nicosia, TRNC, on the tenth anniversary of the NEU Faculty of Fine Arts and Design.
In addition to the above, it was stated that the first of the exhibitions held by the NEU Faculty of Fine Arts and Design; and which was titled as “Projection-A” was held in Ankara on 16-30 October, 2015. Subsequently, Projection-B was held on 18-23 January, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan at an art gallery named ARTVILLA.
It was further added that Academicians from Near East University; some graduates and some students who are still continuing their educations had attended the exhibition. The following names (presented in alphabetical order) were expressed to have attended the exhibition in Baku: AYSEL MİRKASIMOVA, DEREN KALFAOĞLU, DİCLE ÖZLÜSES, ERDOĞAN ERGÜN, GÖKHAN OKUR, HASAN ZEYBEK, HİKMET ULUÇAM, MEHMET SARİLER, MUSTAFA HASTÜRK, OSMAN KETEN, RAİF DİMİLİLER, RAİF KIZIL and UĞURCAN AKYÜZ.
It was pointed out that the total of twenty five art pieces, of which had been created with various techniques, which were exhibited in the exhibition had drawn a lot of interest by art-lovers in Baku.