SALT is an innovative institution that made its debut on Istanbul’s arts scene in the beginning of 2011. A non-profit organization funded by Garanti Bank, SALT has ambitions of becoming Turkey’s largest cultural institution. SALT is not a museum, art or architectural institution, research facility or gallery, but a venue that stands for innovation. Working in conjunction with the greater changes that are currently taking place in Istanbul’s arts scene, SALT hosts exhibitions and conferences, engages in interdisciplinary research projects, and has a library and archives for public use.
A new research area, the SALT Research Ferit F. Şahenk Hall, opened on the basement floor in March 2017. This space is open for use by Masters and Doctorate students, as well as academics and independent researchers. Those wanting to use the space and its publications should fill out a registration form. This space is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm.
SALT's second branch (after the first on İstiklal Caddesi), SALT Galata, is located in the historic Ottoman Bank on Bankalar Caddesi (formerly known as Voyvoda Caddesi) in Karaköy. SALT Galata houses the Ottoman Bank Museum; an exhibition space on its sub-ground-floor level; a research library (SALT Research); an auditorium seating over 200 people; an Open Archive; a cafe and a restaurant; workshop spaces; and a bookstore run by well-known Beyoğlu bookseller Robinson Crusoe.
Note that SALT Galata is closed on Mondays, and the opening hours on Sunday change to 12pm-6pm.
From Karaköy tram stop walk inland a little, then (rather than walking up the hill towards Galata tower) turn left down Bankalar Caddesi. SALT Galata is located on the left hand side.
The Best Art Galleries in Galata; by Rhiannon Davies
The Rise and Rise of Istanbul's Contemporary Art Scene; by Rhiannon Davies
SALT: Going Post Paper; by Rhiannon Davies
SALT Beyoğlu and SALT Galata's "Long Thursdays"; by Maria Eliades
SALT: The Newest Addition to Istanbul’s Arts Scene; by Yeşim Yemni
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