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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 work across several disciplines - including textiles, printmaking and object making - taken from the artist’s 2016 show ‘Thread is Thought’ and two specially-commissioned pieces that draw inspiration from Forty Hall’s rich textile history.

The nature of Cos Ahmet’s work is centred around the body. Some of his works are displayed as embodiments, in the form of casts of his body. Other times, there is an absence of the body, and is either implied or related to a specific space.


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.


The new works take inspiration from Forty Hall the building, and the success of its former owner, Sir Nicholas Rainton, who made his fortune trading textiles across Europe.


‘Building a Legacy’ (2017) references Ranton’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 ships that imported the fabrics (the mercer), whilst the spools makes a reference to the weaving process.


“My starting point for the new works was inspired by and references Forty Hall’s very existence – a place built upon a textile legacy. What emerged for me was a certain dialogue, a notion that the fabric, or material, had become the Hall’s symbol, forging itself a ‘material identity’. It also presented its own metaphor, which draws parallels with how I see the processes in my own practice; where metaphors (such as ‘thread as thought’ or ‘warp as the skeleton’) to represent the body, self and identity.’ Cos Ahmet. The Artist.


“Audiences responded well to last year’s craft exhibition ‘What Do I Need to do to Make it OK?’ and Points of Juncture builds upon that ongoing interest in contemporary crafts, reflecting Forty Hall’s commitment to championing contemporary arts within a heritage setting. We hope that people will enjoy exploring the artworks in the period rooms and that their experience of the artworks adds value to their understanding of the Hall’s history”. Hatice Abdullah, Forty Hall Manager.


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.

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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