Wednesday 16 January 2019 - 16:00

Initiated for the first time in 2017, we have created the ‘Museum without Walls’ digital arts platform; an exhibition experience independent of time and space. The third exhibition of the platform entitled ‘Dancing with Witches’ will be launched with an event at the Pera Museum on 16 January. Register for the event. 

Event details

Date: 16 January 2019, Wednesday
Location: Pera Museum Auditorium

  • 16.00-16.15 – Opening Speech– Cherry Gough, Director, British Council Turkey
  • 16.15-16.30 – Presentation of ‘Dancing with Witches’ by Mine Kaplangı, Curator
  • 16.35-17.35 – Panel: The Digital as an Arts Space
                           Moderator: Ryan Nelson, Arts Marketing Director, British Council
                           Speakers: Elif Kamışlı, Ulya Soley, Mine Kaplangı
    In this session moderated by Ryan Nelson, Director Arts Marketing, British Council, the three curators of the Museum without Walls will discuss the potentials the digital creates for visual arts, new exhibition practices and they will share the problem they faced and their experiences while curating a show for the platform.
  • 17.35-17.50 – Break
  • 17.50-18.50 – Panel: Accessibility and the Arts 
                           Moderator: Su Başbuğu, Arts Manager, British Council Turkey 
                           Speaker: Jo Verrent, Senior Producer, Unlimited
    In this session, British Council Art Manager Su Başbuğu will be joined by British producer, educator and disability rights advocate Jo Verrent and will try to find answers to what does it mean to be accessible, can digital platforms be a tool to make art accessible, what steps should institutions take to provide more accessible content focusing on artistic examples from the UK and Turkey.

Participants information

Mine Kaplangı

Born in 1987 in Istanbul, Turkey, Mine Kaplangı lives and works in Istanbul. Kaplangı is the co-founder of Collective Çukurcuma, a curatorial collective from Istanbul, Turkey. She recently completed a residency at Basis Frankfurt and will be curating their summer show in 2019. Kaplangı worked as an artist representative and curator at BLOK art Space Contemporary Art Space, Istanbul between 2014-2018. She studied philosophy at Istanbul University and received an MA degree in Philosophy of Arts & Aesthetics in Bologna University, DAMS Faculty. Currently working as a freelance editor for contemporary art platforms such as Artunlimited (Istanbul) and Artfridge (Berlin) Kaplangı has curated various exhibitions such as; House of Wisdom (Nottingham, 2018, Public program of the 15th Istanbul Biennial and Framer Framed, Amsterdam, 2017), Asymmetric Kin (Coop Gallery, Nashville, 2016) and Detail (BLOK art space, 2016).

Ulya Soley 

She works at Pera Museum as a project manager and contributes to the Museum’s exhibitions and publications as a curator and editor. She completed her MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins, and her BA in Art History and Psychology at McGill University. Recently, she curated the digital exhibition You Look Familiar as part of the British Council’s Curatorial Residency Program. Her past curatorial projects include Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry and Bring Your Own Beamer at Pera Museum, Waiting Room at South London Gallery, and Stereo-Reality as part of Proto5533’s emerging curators program. Her writing appeared in publications such as Pine Magazine, UQ, The Believer Logger, Istanbul Art News, Art unlimited and Sanatatak. She is an AICA member, and co-founder of the publication project Stimuli.

Elif Kamışlı 

Elif Kamışlı (1981, Eskişehir) received her master's degree on Cultural Studies after studying Political Science and International Relations. Working as a teaching assistant at the Cultural Management Department at Istanbul Bilgi University from 2004 to 2008, she also took part in many international projects regarding culture and arts. Kamışlı worked at the 53rd Venice Biennial in 2009 and acted as the assistant curator for the opening exhibition of MAXXI, Rome in 2010. She has worked for Galeri Mana and Egeran Galeri in Istanbul from 2011 to 2014. In 2013, she edited the book 'Co-Action Device: A Study' by Inci Eviner as part of the 13. Istanbul Biennial and she also contributes to several publications with her writings, mostly to 'Sanat Dünyamız'. She isworking as the exhibition manager of the Istanbul Biennial since 2014.

Jo Verrent

Jo Verrent believes that ‘different’ is delicious not divergent. She works in arts and culture at strategic levels, embedding the belief that diversity adds texture, turning policy into real action.

While she is the senior producer for Unlimited ( the world’s largest commissions programme for disabled artists; working with Sarah Pickthall, she created SYNC - examining the interplay between disability and leadership which has run in UK, Australia and Korea.

She created a video installation -Take Me to Bed ( - with Luke Pell, which won Best Work in Festival in Limerick Light Moves and tours internationally.

She has won both Cosmopolitan’s woman of achievement award and her village’s cup for making jam. She is on the Northern Advisory Panel for ACE and regularly advises on access. She is a Clore Fellow.