HELIKON ART CENTER was founded in 2010. It is located near Izmit city of Kocaeli province, Başiskele district in Turkey. Helikon Art Center aims to host artists from all over the world in order to exchange ideas, create art works together, open exhibitions and organize art events. In this context, the Center has been organizing art residencies, hosting exhibitions and engaging in several art activities since 2014. The Center was reorganized as an offical association to adress broader audiences.

Helikon has with four bungalov style houses, which can accomodate twelve artists. All houses have  a bathroom. Center has also two tree houses, a big garden, a kitchen, dinner area, an atelier and an office. Helikon Art Center is associated with Helikon Contemporary Art Association.

Helikon Contemporary Art Association was founded in 2017. Association aims to establish of an integrative network of art, embracing not only national artists but also all creative minds across the globe.

President Orhan Özçalık

Vice President Alp Aslan

Board Members Aslıhan Kocabal, Attorney at Law; Özgen Hindistan, Attorney at Law; Ülke Evrim Uysal, Ph. D.


Orhan Özçalık is owner of Helikon Art Center. He is a curator and a sculptor.

Mesut Sadık Hüner is the chief cook of Helikon, he is also a photographer.

Alp Aslan is the director of Helikon. He is a short movie maker, curator and writer.