Şanlıurfa International Mosaic Workshop and Contest

The kingdom, which was called Seleukos in history, was named "Edessa" in these lands when the geography of Şanlıurfa was established in 301 BC. In the following centuries Edessa managed to change hands, but continued to enjoy glorious days in the fields of culture, art and architecture until about AD 250.

Although the richness of this old richness has not yet been precisely known, Yeni Mahalle Mound right next to Göbeklitepe and Balıklıgöl; It is evident that Şanlıurfa's ancient and rich history stretched to the beginning of the Neolithic era.

The Halepli Bahçe garden mosaics discovered by chance during an infrastructure work carried out in the heart of Şanlıurfa in 2006 carried this culture-art richness, which is rarely seen in the world, to a higher level and turned all eyes back to Şanlıurfa. The mosaic history of Şanlıurfa in the light of archaeological studies until today is defined by the Syriac-style mosaics of the Osrhône Kingdom and examples inspired by the Greek mythology of the Eastern Roman Empire period.

He "Halepli Bahçe Mosaic", which embellishes the base of a building that deserves its interest as the attraction for its period, focuses not only on the technical details but also on the stories which have been the source of inspiration for many works of art throughout history and it offers a journey into the mystery life of the famous hero of the Trojan War, Akhilleus, and the mystery of the "Warrior Amazonian Queens". "Şanlıurfa Mosaic Workshop and Competition" will be organized with the aim of contributing to the artistic and cultural development of our city with Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, Harran University, Provincial Culture and Tourism Directorate, GAP Administration, ŞUTSO (Şanlıurfa Chamber of Commerce and Industry), T-ONE Association and Development Agency.

In addition to the developing industry, With the rise of the cultural heritage, interest in the city has increased and there has been a great increase in the rate of tourists coming to the city. The Şanlıurfa Archaeology Museum, which will contribute art and culture throughout the province, along with important works on renovation and investments of tourist and cultural facilities, and the Mosaic Museum exhibiting mosaic works from the antique period have been instrumental in bringing the city to the fore with the mosaics and also increasing the tourism potential of the city.

The Halepli Bahçe garden mosaics discovered by chance during an infrastructure work carried out in the heart of Şanlıurfa in 2006 carried this culture-art richness, which is rarely seen in the world, to a higher level and turned all eyes back to Şanlıurfa. However, in order for a city to be remembered in the mosaic area and to be able to lead other cities and even countries, it is necessary to construct the areas that can be used today as well as exhibiting only the works left from antiquity in the city. Within this scope, the place where the workshop and the competition are planned to take place will be the occasion where Şanlıurfa is mentioned as a city where both antique and contemporary mosaic works of the past are exhibited and structured.

This project, which was launched for the first time this year at the national level, has been passed on to the international level by expanding it with the scope and vision of 2017. This "Workshop and Competition" is aimed to have a higher participation both at home and abroad. Thanks to this activity, thousands of future guests will be able to tell the characteristics of our city with our own language. With the right information, Şanlıurfa will become a touristic attraction centre visited by millions of people during the year. With close to 50 academicians, 150 artists, over 100 students and NGOs participating, there will be participation from many different Countries for this year.

The "Mosaic Workshop and Competition" will be held from September 26th to September 28th. This contest will also contribute to the promotion of the mosaic museum of our city at the same time, aiming to be an important centre of mosaic work in our glory city. We will exhibit our valuable mosaic artisans who will give international contest and works to be done with mosaic stones in competition. In the city of Şanlıurfa, a culture and art centre in the art street where the delicacies of making mosaics can be told, the works made can be exhibited and the promotion can be done and the creation of foundation for the contemporary mosaic museum, which is supposed to be built in the future, constitutes the specific objective that the project aims for. Within the scope of this aim, university students in other cities come together with Harran University students who are partners of the project and bring mosaic works and ensuring that these artefacts remain in various parts of the city is another added value that the project will create.

The works performed by local and foreign artists during the competition will be exhibited at the Centre of Art and Culture as works of the centre. In this respect, the number of domestic and foreign tourists who came to the city increased and a centre where the modern mosaic works and other activities are organized other than the antique mosaic museum in the city will be constructed and a position leading to other cities and countries will be created. Apart from this, students from Harran University who are partners of the project will continue their mosaics for many years, thanks to the students who devote themselves to the study of mosaics and the cultural value of Şanlıurfa.