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Ayşe Takı Gallery

Şakayık Sokak No. 53, Tuna Palas, Teşvikiye

Mon–Sat: 11.00–19.00

Near the Sait Ciftci Primary School.

A gallery located in Teşvikiye, Nişantaşı, founded by jewellery designer Ayşe Ünaydın in 1989. It closed a decade later and then re-opened in 2004. There is also a retail shop selling jewellery and other decorative items.

The gallery has a permanent jewellery collection (takı means jewellery in Turkish) – including Ünaydın’s own gold, silver and bronze creations – and it also hosts the occasional exhibition in another field of art such as photography, painting, ceramics, glass art and textiles. Since 1989, over 150 exhibitions have been staged.

The gallery represents over 30 local and international jewellery designers, whose pieces make up the permanent collection. Some notable names include Emine Nur, Nelli, Sezgin Sander, James Thurman and Umut Demirgüç Thurman, Şeyma Üstüner Uzunöz and Takashi Wada.

Another interesting feature is the ‘Drawing Wall’. When launching the gallery, Ünaydın asked some important artists, including Gülsün Karamustafa and Ragıp Buluç to design a piece of jewellery with the intention of producing them in the future. So far, she has produced four out of 14 works by the artists Ömer Uluç, Yalçın Gökçebağ, Komet and Aydın Ülken, which she displays on the Drawing Wall.

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