Art as an extension of giving form to thought
The Department of Plastic Arts offers a specialist program that combines traditional techniques with innovative approaches to making art.
The Plastic Arts Program is built on the triadic bond between technical training, critical thinking and historical perspective, where students are encouraged to develop their artistic practice as part of intellectual and critical enquiry.
A wide range of practice-led studio and workshops offer collaborative strategies for creative thinking, complemented by lecture and seminars where the visual arts and history meet across the fields of philosophy, psychology, architecture, design, technology and the natural sciences.
Students will gain an opportunity to make a tangible difference on a local, national, and international scale with guidance from an exceptional staff and access to incomparable technical and studio resources. Studios and lectures are led by a core team, as well as cross-faculty staff members, exposing students to instructors who have expertise and specialisms in a variety of areas.
ARUCAD’s Kyrenia campus is a creative environment where students will be encouraged to practice critical, open and exploratory thinking while being equipped with the confidence, experience and skill needed to launch their career as professional artists and makers.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Ayşenur Ceren Asmaz
Head of Plastic Arts
She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Anadolu University in Glass Art and her Proficiency in Art degree in Ceramics from Dokuz Eylül University. Besides various symposiums, biennials and exhibitions, the artist has two solo glass exhibitions named “İnsanın kanadı; gayretidir” and “Inner Monsters Glass Edition”, a solo ceramics exhibition named “Recipe for Disaster”; also she has an illustration exhibition of her illustrations for the poetry book named “Two Rivers”. The artist has three awards, one for sculpture and two for ceramics and her works are featured in the collections of South Korean International Macsabal Museum and Applied Art Museum at the Stieglitz Academy.
Prof. Dr. Turan Aksoy
Born in 1964, M. Turan Aksoy is a graduate of Gazi University (1986) in Ankara. He received his M.A from Hacettepe University. He then completed his Ph.D at University of Central England. He has worked at Hacettepe University, Yıldız Technical University and Yeditepe University as an instructor. He has been in Stuttgart Art Academy as a visiting professor.
His latest selected works: 2015 A Portrait; Restless, Pi Art Gallery, İstanbul. 2015 Manageable Heaven, Milli Reasürans Art Gallery, İstanbul. 2013 A Portrait; Restless, Pi Art Gallery, İstanbul. 2011 Dust and Fuss, Pi Art Gallery, İstanbul. 2010 Shining Thing, Pi Art Gallery, İstanbul.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Esra Plümer (Art Historian)
Plumer completed her PhD in Art history at the University of Nottingham in 2012 and has lectured in several institutions since, including European University Lefke, Nottingham University, the Courtauld Institute of Art and Girne American University. She is an active member of NGO art associations, namely EMAA, and carries out independent research alongside collaborative projects as cultural manager and curator. Most recent publications include the monographic book “Unica Zurn: Art, Writing and Post-war Surrealism” (IB Tauris, 2016) and “From narration to dialogue? Thinking about the way we talk about contemporary visual art in the Turkish Cypriot Community”, in the upcoming book Contemporary art from Cyprus: Politics, identity and transcultural artistic production (IB Tauris Publishers, 2019).
Lecturer Mümine Özdemirağ Yağlı
She is graduate of Ceramics Department of Fine Arts Faculty at Hacettepe University. She got her master's degree in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University between the years of 2003-2005. She has been working on her artworks in her atelier in Cyprus since 2005. She has participated in various national and international exhibitions and symposiums.