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The launch of the “Exchange of Painters” project took place on 1 September at Akanat gallery. This project is aimed at promoting art relations between Armenia and Turkey; as part of the project a group of four artists mentored by Gagik Charchyan from Armenia and Serdar Yilmaz from Turkey were selected to participate in the exchange.

During the 7-day exchange participants will visit different sites in Yerevan and around the country – Garni temple, Geghard monastery, and Gyumri, the cultural capital of Armenia. The visit will include interactive workshops, joint flash-mob painting sessions, open-air studios, and public space exhibitions where the works of artists can be viewed by guests and passers-by. Additionally, a series of masterclasses by renowned artists from Armenia will be held. The final stage of the exchange project will involve the two groups cooperating on a selected wall in Yerevan using street art concepts and technologies to reflect their impressions and perceptions of the time spent together during the stay.
The Charge d’affaires at the EU Delegation in Armenia, Dirk Lorenz, said: ‘The EU strongly believes in the success of this project. I am happy to see that we managed to create a group of such professionals from both countries. The dialogue between Armenia and Turkey is crucial for citizens on both sides of the border. Art is a perfect tool to blur borders and establish constructive dialogue – art does not need translation, it is an international language’. He added that the Delegation was hopeful that similar projects would lead to greater friendship and solidarity between the two peoples.

This first part of the exchange will be followed by a return visit of the Armenian team to Turkey in late September. The paintings produced during the exchange visits will be later be placed in a 2015 calendar.

The current exchange programme is being carried out within the framework of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process” programme, implemented by a consortium of eight civil society organisations from both countries with financial support from the European Union. The objective of the programme is to promote civil society efforts towards the normalisation of relations between Turkey and Armenia.