Wednesday, 24 April 2024

Konya Embraces Seljuk Heritage: Motifs Transformed into Art

The "Motifs Transformed into Art" project, supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and realized through the collaboration of Selçuklu Municipality and Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa School of Social Sciences, has been completed with the Konya stage following Istanbul.



The project, which aims to pass down Turkish cultural heritage to future generations, involved theoretical and practical training on Seljuk motifs and designs in ceramic applications, conducted by expert instructors at the Ahmet Keleşoğlu Cultural Center ceramic workshop. The artworks created during the training were exhibited.



A total of 30 people benefited from the project, including 14 students aged between 18 and 25, and 16 project coordinators. The project concluded with an exhibition showcasing the traces of the Seljuk civilization in Konya and various excursion activities aimed at young people. It is expected that the project will contribute to the increase in tourism potential in the Seljuk district, which is home to some of the most important examples of Seljuk artifacts.




After the training, the participants showcased their own artworks at the Selçuklu Municipality Social Facilities. The tangible form of their creations delighted the participants. During the exhibition, Ali Düz, the Deputy Mayor of Selçuklu Municipality, expressed his gratitude to the participants for successfully completing the project and awarded them certificates of achievement.




Prof. Dr. Hülya Aşkın Balcı, the Project Coordinator and Director of Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa School of Social Sciences, stated that they carried out wonderful activities in Konya for three days. She mentioned, "The project provided an opportunity for students from Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa School of Social Sciences to engage in cultural and social activities together. I would like to express my gratitude to all stakeholders for their support."