Gallery Apel opened its doors with the "Palate" exhibition in 1998, and since then it has been known for its thematic exhibitions inspired by the everyday life experiences. Balcony (2016), Mines and Ores (2015), An Ad Break (2014), On 'the Kitchen' (2013), Clothing (2011), Vitrine (2010), Fountains and Culture Physique (2009), Reading Corner (2008), Newroz and Neighbours are a few examples of these thematic exhibitions.
Gallery Apel is on the Hayriye Caddesi (Avenue), which takes its name from Şirket-i Hayriye, a firm founded in 1850 in order to carry passengers in the Bosporus. The avenue is directly connected to Salı Pazarı Port right at the bottom of the street. The "Harbour" exhibition aims to underline the gallery's social and cultural ties with its environment