Anish Kapoor in Istanbul

In collaboration with British Council, and sponsored by Akbank, Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) is exhibiting Anish Kapoor’s works for the first time in Turkey between 10 September 2013 and 2 February 2014. The exhibition is curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal and includes several pieces exhibited for the very first time. A series of discussions, workshops and educational activities will accompany the exhibition over the coming months. Please read below for further information about the British Council’s programme for Anish Kapoor in Istanbul.

Have a look at Anish Kapoor’s biography. If you would like more information, please email

Public Discussion and Workshop

Anish Kapoor in Istanbul, Why Does Sculpture Matter?

As part of Anish Kapoor in Istanbul, we are excited to bring to Sakip Sabanci Museum Turner Prize winning sculptor Richard Deacon and art expert Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute. Anish Kapoor’s piece For Richard Deacon (1999) is among the works on display at Anish Kapoor in Istanbul.

Richard and Lisa will lead a public discussion under the theme of Why Does Sculpture Matter?. They will explore ideas on the role of sculpture and look at innovation in the art form. The event will take place at the SSM Gallery Conference Hall at 18.00 on 12 December and is open to the public. Admission is free and simultaneous translation will be available.

Richard and Lisa will also lead a one-day sculpture workshop for a limited group of young artists and art students and provide personal feedback on their work to help them develop their talents. The workshop will be held on 13 December at Sakıp Sabancı Museum. To apply please complete the application form.

You can read the biographies of Richard Deacon ve Lisa Le Feuvre.

Virtual Tour

You can take a look around the first ever exhibition in Turkey by leading British sculptor Anish Kapoor. Through our virtual tour, you can view his art works and learn more about the artist and the exhibition.

Watch Anish Kapoor

World famous sculptor Anish Kapoor met art lovers on September 10 in Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Watch livestream records and videos from the exhibition via our Vimeo channel.

Exhibition Reviews

Develop your writing and art reviewing skills. Send your reviews of Anish Kapoor in Istanbul to between 1 October – 31 December. The articles will be read by Merve Ünsal, artist & editor of, and the best ones will be published on our blog.

  • Due date: 31 December 2013
  • Recommended length: 250-500 words
  • Language: Turkish or English
  • Format: Please use a standard word-processing programme, using paragraphs.

Please submit the completed review at

Creative Cameras

Budding photographers, turn your Instagram photos into art installations inspired by Anish Kapoor in Istanbul. To be part of this exciting project, visit Anish Kapoor’s exhibition at Sakıp Sabancı Museum and take creative pictures of your favourite works.

Share your photos on Instagram between 1 October – 31 December using the hashtags#britishcouncilturkey and #anishkapooristanbulda. The owner of the photo that receives the most likes at the end of each month will win special exhibition catalogues. The Instagram photos will also be exhibited on British Council Turkey Facebook page.

October’s winner is thedeepred. The winner should contact us via to claim the prize. Have a look at our Flickr album to see the photos uploaded in October.

November’s winner is sekerlik. The winner should contact us via to claim the prize. Have a look at our Flickr album to see the photos uploaded in November.

December’s winner is haticedilek. The winner should contact us via to claim the prize. Have a look at our Flickr album to see the photos uploaded in December.

Terms and conditions

Senses Poems

* Winners of the Senses Poems are now selected. Congratulations!

1)      Zeynep Gürsoy

2)      Kübra Bodur

3)      Ümit Çalışıcı

You can view the whole set of poems through our Facebook album

Inspired by the art, join our English poetry challenge and practice your English. Select a work from Anish Kapoor’s exhibition in Istanbul and write a five-line poem in the following format. If you can’t visit the exhibition, check out our virtual tour.

Line 1: It looks like…………….
Line 2: It sounds like…………..
Line 3: It smells like…………..
Line 4: It tastes like……………
Line 5: It makes me feel like…………..

Send your poem to between 1 October – 31 December. Selected poems will be published on British Council Turkey Facebook page. The three poems that receive the most Likes will win special exhibition catalogues.

Terms and conditions

Information about school visits

If you are a teacher and would like your students to attend any of the activities, you can visit Sakıp Sabancı Museum free of charge. Please contact Şirin Soyöz for further information: or 0212 355 56 11.

For more information about the exhibition and the artist, visit: