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Points of Juncture - An Exhibition by Cos Ahmet

27 July - 22 October, Thursdays to Sundays, 11am - 5pm
Free

Forty Hall Estate announces a new contemporary art exhibition by multi-disciplinary fine artist Cos Ahmet.

‘Points of Juncture’ comprises recent works, and specially commissioned pieces that draw inspiration from Forty Hall’s textile history. The title ‘Points of Juncture’stands for the thread of ideas and the connections of the works that are presented in this exhibition. They look at self and identity, linking both the artist's work, with the ‘material identity’ of Forty Hall– a place built upon a textile legacy, by its former owner, Sir Nicholas Rainton who traded textiles across Europe.

The nature of Cos Ahmet’s work is centred on the body. Some of his works are displayed as embodiments, in the form of casts. Other times, there is an absence of the body, and are implied by bodily organic forms.For Ahmet, his artistic practice represents parts of a body making references to human activity and the human condition that are ever-present in the way he uses metaphors to shape his work, be it object based, two-dimensional or something in between. This use of metaphors are most evident in his recent works taken from the artist’s 2016 exhibition ‘Thread Is A Thought’, presented in this exhibition, and continues in to the new works.

“I am interested in the idea of the body as a container that communicates memory, emotions and gestures, where ‘body’ and ‘material’ react with each other. These reactions stand as metaphors, representing the body and self as: ‘thread' as the thought, ‘warp' as the skeleton, ‘weft' as flesh or skin, and the ‘weave’ as the body or soul.“

‘Building a Legacy’ (2017) makes particular reference to Rainton’s role as a mercer, through a series of casts of hands upon which spools or pirns of yarns rest.These casts symbolise the hands in various ways: the hands that make the cloth (the weaver) and the hands of the creator; they also allude to the ships that imported the fabrics (the mercer), whilst the spools and the threads attached to them, suggest the weaving process, and the ‘boat shuttles’ used on the looms to produce the cloth.

“My starting point for the new works was inspired by and references Forty Hall’s very existence – a place built upon a textile legacy. I wanted to take a very different approach and not be literal or obvious, but less representational, abstracting the information the way I see it. What emerged for me was a certain dialogue, a notion that the fabric, had become the Hall’s symbol, forging itself a ‘material identity’, and presenting its own metaphor, which draws parallels with how I see the processes in my own work and practice, creating a new discourse where these two identities meet.“


Cos Ahmet is a fine artist who studied Constructed Textiles at Middlesex University, specialising in woven tapestry. Ahmet combines tapestry with a range of disciplines in his practice that include works on paper, sculpture and object making. He has exhibited internationally, and received the Theo Moorman Award for Weavers in 2016.

‘Points of Juncture’ is commissioned by Forty Hall Estate with support from the Arts Council of England.

For further information about Cos Ahmet visit his website. Read full exhibition press release here.

A number of workshops support the exhibition and offer you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the exhibition and Ahmet's process. Find out more by visiting the below links:

Weaving workshop and Identity Looms

Tuesday 15 August, 10.30am – 12pm & 2.30pm – 4pm

Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door

Cos Ahmet uses different sculpture and textile techniques to explore themes such as self, identity and memory. Take a closer look at his exhibition at Forty Hall then learn different weaving techniques and create your own “Identity Loom” inspired by your visit. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 4 – 11.

Sculptural Hand Casts

Thursday 17 August, 10.30am – 12pm

Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door

Cos Ahmet’s work features casts of his own body. Explore his fascinating exhibition and examine his sculpture works closely. Design and create a hand cast to express the theme of identity using plaster of Paris and paints. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 4 – 11.

Body Cast Sculpture and Textile Workshop

Thursday 17 August, 2.30pm – 4pm (for ages 11+)

Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door

Cos Ahmet’s work is centred around the body with recurring themes of self, identity, gender and memory. Explore this thought provoking exhibition which features varied processes and characteristics ranging from woven tapestry and works on paper to sculpture and objects. Use this inspiration to produce your own art work using body style casts in plaster of Paris and incorporating textile and weaving techniques.

Points of Juncture: Guided Exhibition Tour

Saturday 16 September, 1pm (signed) & 3pm

Free admission (Booking essential)

See the exhibition ‘Points of Juncture’ and delve a little deeper on this guided tour led by the artist, Cos Ahmet. This is a unique opportunity to meet Cos and gain a greater understanding of his inspirations, meaning behind the works and the processes used.

Tapestry Weaving Workshop

Sunday 17 September, 11am – 4pm

£35

Explore a selection of woven tapestry techniques with artist Cos Ahmet. Learn the basic techniques and create flat weave with simple shapes and lines, before moving onto the more unusual textures and surfaces such as, knotting, wrapping and tufting. Basic equipment and yarns will be provided. No previous weaving experience needed. Please bring along some of your own materials that you may like to experiment with.

Cover image: 'Drawboy' (detail) by Cos Ahmet (2016), woven tapestry and plaster resin cast of artist


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