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The artist working during his artist-in-residence post with Fabric Residency, in Manchester, 2015. Photograph: John Lynch, © 2015

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The core of Cos Ahmet’s work is centred on the body. Recurring themes of self, identity, sexuality, gender and memory, are emotive features in much of his work, displayed as a complex set of body dialogues. Shaped by his use of metaphors, the body becomes symbolised through various interlinks – points of juncture, where body and material respond or react with each other. These responses come to light in the diverse processes and characteristics of his practice, that range from woven tapestry, works on paper, to sculpture and objects, as he makes loose connections with their attributes to represent parts of the human form.

“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.“

Cos Ahmet studied his BA Honours in Constructed Textiles at Middlesex University, where woven tapestry became his specialism. What attracted him to this way of weaving was how an ancient form of weaving was open to the possibility of being molded and sculpted, taking it out of its craft context and becoming art.

Ahmet’s approach to making, takes the traditional and practical methods of weaving, and combines and intertwines the other disciplines that occupy his practice, to turn this quiet and meditative medium, typically associated with the domestic, and the subtlety of a craft reserved for intimate detailed work, into challenging, visceral and thought provoking works.




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Born London, 1973.
Currently living and working in the North West of England



Education
 
1996 ___BA Hons Constructed Textiles, Middlesex University, London
1993 ___Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Barnet College, London




Awards

2017 ___Arts Council England Commission of work for Points of Juncture, Forty Hall Estate
2016 ___Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers Award New body of work, Thread Is A Thought
2016 ___Weavers Bazaar Sponsorship Award New body of work, Thread Is A Thought
2015 ___Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries Finalist, Australian Tapestry Workshop
2015 ___Weavers Bazaar Sponsorship Award Fabric Residency, Ardwick Mill, Manchester
2012 ___London Metropolitan Archive Bursary Keats House Museum Artist in Residence
2009 ___Lauderdale House & Gallery One-Man Exhibition Award, Bodylogues, London
1995 ___The Simon Jersey Tapestry Award & Exhibition Finalist, Award of Commendation



Projects / Residencies

2017 ___The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin by Helen Clarke & Sharon Kivland
2017 ___Process: Visualising DNA by Gillian McFarland & Ruth Singer
2016 ___Balaclava.Q International visual art project, presenting a Queer aesthetic
2016 ___Selfies on Slow Project about self portraits in woven tapestry medium
2015 ___Fabric Residency Artist in Residence, Ardwick Mill, Manchester
2014 ___le sort, destin et l’auto-détermination Collaborative Woven Tapestry Project
2013 ___Cover Artist in Residence Yuck 'n Yum Magazine, Dundee
2012 ___The Wing Assignment Project & Exhibitions curated by &Agency, London
2012 ___MM1 Project: Part Two, Tel Aviv Curators, Sharon Toval & Nimrod Vardi
2012 ___MM1 Project: Part One, London Curators, Sharon Toval & Nimrod Vardi
2012 ___Artist in Residence Keats House Museum, London Metropolitan Archive




One-Man Exhibitions
 
2017 ___Points of Juncture: An Exhibition by Cos Ahmet, Forty Hall Estate, London
2016 ___Thread Is A Thought, Various Venues, London, Dublin, Harrogate, touring
2015 ___When Cotton Was King, Fabric Residency, Ardwick Mill, Manchester
2011 ___Self Seeing, The Stone Space, London
2010 ___Bodylogues, Lauderdale House, London
2008 ___My Shadow Sits & Waits for Me, Waterloo Gallery, London
2007 ___Life Force, (First One-Man) Waterloo Gallery, London




Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 ___Forthcoming: le sort, le destin et l’auto-détermination, Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum Neumünster, Germany (touring)
2018 ___Forthcoming: le sort, le destin et l’auto-détermination, Tuchmacher Museum, Bramsche, Germany (touring)
2018 ___Forthcoming: Process: Visualising DNA, by McFarland & Singer, 44AD Artspace, Bath
2017 ___The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin, UK Book Launch, Small Publishers' Fair, Conway Hall, London
2017 ___Process: Visualising DNA, by McFarland & Singer, Leicester University, Leicester
2017 ___le sort, le destin et l’auto-détermination, World Textile Art Biennial, Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry, Uruguay (touring)
2017 ___MISS READ: Berlin Art Book Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
2017 ___Small World: PS Mirabel Gallery, Part of MANIFEST Arts Festival, Manchester
2017 ___Heallreaf 2: Part Two, curated by Margaret Jones, The Brick Lane Gallery, London (touring)
2017 ___Heallreaf 2, curated by Margaret Jones, West Dean College, Chichester (touring)
2017 ___le sort, le destin et l’auto-détermination, Centre D'Action Culturelles de la MRC de Papineau (touring)
2017 ___le sort, le destin et l’auto-détermination, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, California (touring)
2016 ___Thread Is A Thought, touring with Twisted Thread, Various Venues, London, Dublin, Harrogate
2016 ___le sort, le destin et l’auto-détermination, From Lausanne to Beijing. Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, China (touring)
2016 ___le sort, le destin et l’auto-détermination, World of Threads, Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural Centre, Canada (touring)
2016 ___Crafts Council Directory Makers at London Design Fair, British Craft Pavilion, London
2016 ___Crafts Council Directory Makers at DDD16, Design Days Dubai, The Venue, Dubai
2016 ___DEBASER, Curated by Cultivate, Basement Space (BSMT), London
2016 ___le sort, le destin et l’auto-détermination, Craft Council of British Columbia, Canada (touring)
2015 ___le sort, le destin et l’auto-détermination, Doyle & Margaret Hartman Gallery, Denver (touring)
2015 ___Kate Derum Award & Exhibition, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2015 ___Heallreaf, The Edward James Studios, West Dean College, Chichester
2015 ___le sort, le destin et l’auto-détermination, Centre des Textiles Contemporains de Montréal (touring)
2015 ___Woven Tapestry, A Group Show, Handweaver's Studio & Gallery, London
2014 ___PLAN.OPEN. Neo Craft, Curators Nimrod Vardi, Caroline Jane Harris, Arebyte Gallery, London
2014 ___le sort, le destin et l’auto-détermination, Craft Ontario, Canada (touring)
2014 ___Woven Art 14, Curated by Hillu Liebelt, Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate (touring)
2014 ___Woven Art 14, Curated by Hillu Liebelt, Alexandra Palace, London (touring)
2013 ___Hot One Hundred, Curators Ismail Erbil, Patrick Michalopoulos, Schwartz Gallery, London.
2013 ___Summer Exhibition, Zeitgeist Arts Project, Bond House Gallery, London
2013 ___Punk Salon, Curators Ismail Erbil, Patrick Michalopoulos, Schwartz Gallery, London.
2013 ___Creekside Open 2013, selected & curated by Paul Noble, A.P.T Gallery, London
2013 ___TEN #2, Group Show, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London
2013 ___The Wing Assignment: Final Flight, William Road Gallery, London
2013 ___The Wing Assignment: Wing Asylum, Asylum Gallery, The Chapel, London
2013 ___Share & Exchange, Zeitgeist Arts Project, Bond House Gallery, London
2012 ___MM1 Project: Question.Reaction.Examination.Reaction, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2012 ___MM1 Project: De-Construct/Re-Construct/We-Construct, Arebyte Gallery, London
2012 ___Artists' Books, Book Week Scotland, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
2012 ___Wandering Rocks, Curated by Stephen Snoddy, The Stone Space, London
2012 ___The Wing Assignment: First Flight, Red Bull Studios Gallery, London
2012 ___Figure/Form/Self, Part of Leytonstone Arts Trail, Norlington Road Studios, London
2012 ___Rejected, Curated by Catherine Magnani, A-Side B-Side Gallery, London
2012 ___Three x Three, Group Show, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London
2011 ___Drawing Crowds, An Exhibition of Exploratory Drawing, The Stone Space, London
2011 ___Altered State, Part of Leytonstone Arts Trail, Norlington Road Studios, London
2011 ___Printmakers Council, Untitled, Vyner Street Gallery, London
2011 ___Roofraiser // Ten Tracks Event, Various Venues, Edinburgh
2011 ___International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2011 ___Drawing With Thread, Curated by Kim Gould, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
2011 ___The Printmakers Council, Group Show, The M.P Birla Gallery, London
2010 ___6by4 Secret Postcard Show, Art Space Portsmouth, Portsmouth
2010 ___Out of Print, curated by Outi Remes, South Hill Park Arts, Berkshire
2010 ___Holding Time, Curated by Darshana Vora, The M.P. Birla Gallery, London
2009 ___Weaving Within, The Tapestry Studios, Stirling Castle, Stirling, Scotland
2009 ___Weaving Within, The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling, Scotland
2009 ___Drench/Absorb, Curated by Amelia Francis and Simone Wallace, Oblong Gallery, London




Interviews / Reviews / Text

2017 ___TextileArtist.org Feature From Conception to Creation
2017 ___Artist Feature & Interview by Helen Adams Textile Curator
2017 ___Cos Ahmet, talks about the making process Crafts Council Interview
2016 ___TextileArtist.org Interview Something made by Hand
2016 ___Thoughts On Thread Essay by Nigel St. Clair Morgan
2016 ___Man/Body/Fiber, Inspiration Plus Issue Interview by John Hopper
2015 ___Design & Artists Copyright Society talk to Cos Ahmet DACS interview
2015 ___Gnome Magazine, Bezalel7 Image Room Art as Archaeology
2015 ___Gnome Magazine, Bezalel7 Image Room The Plinth in Art
2015 ___The Tapestry Weaver, Issue 16 Returning to the Material Object
2014 ___In Discussion with artist & curator Jane Boyer Point + Line Platform
2012 ___MM1 British-Israeli Collaboration MM1: The project and exhibitions
2012 ___De-Construct/Re-Construct/We-Construct The New Wolf Review
2012 ___De-Construct/Re-Construct/We-Construct a-n Interface Review
2011 ___Drawing With Thread, Staffordshire Life Magazine, Exhibition Review
2008 ___My Shadow Sits and Waits for Me a-n Interface Review
2007 ___Life Force (First One-Man) a-n Interface Review
2007 ___Life Force (First One-Man) a-n Interface Review




Publications / Catalogues

2018 ___Forthcoming Publication: Points of Juncture An Exhibition by Cos Ahmet
2017 ___The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin Ma Bibliothèque Publishing
2017 ___Heallreaf 2, International Woven Tapestry, Exhibition Catalogue
2017 ___The Journal for Weavers, Spinner & Dyers, Issue 263
2016 ___Thread Is A Thought Touring Exhibition Book
2016 ___Artist Feature by John Hopper Inspirational Issue 9
2015 ___Kate Derum Award For Small Tapestries Exhibition Catalogue
2015 ___Heallreaf, International Woven Tapestry, Exhibition Catalogue
2013 ___Cover Artist in Residence Yuck 'n Yum Magazine
2013 ___Keats Anthology 2013, London Metropolitan Archive
2012 ___MM1 Question.Reaction.Examination.Reaction. Exhibition Catalogue
2012 ___MM1 De-Construct/Re-Construct/We-Construct Exhibition Catalogue
2012 ___Stitching Pictures Bloomsbury Publishing
2012 ___The Wing Assignment Project, &Agency Exhibition Book
2012 ___Do Not Open, A Magazine on Collage, Issue 02
2011 ___The State of Being Erased Måg | Issue Three
2011 ___Roofraiser // Ten Tracks Exhibition Catalogue
2011 ___Drawing Crowds, An Exhibition of Exploratory Drawing, Catalogue
2010 ___Holding Time, curated by Darshana Vora Exhibition Catalogue
2010 ___Bodylogues One-Man Exhibition preview feature, GT Magazine
2009 ___Artist Feature, a-n Magazine September Issue



Professional Member
 
AN + AIR Member
Crafts Council Directory
DACS for Artists Member




Collections
 
Harwood Bauhofer Apex Collection (UK)
Art Beat Public Art Collection (UK)
Wellhouse Trust Arts Projects (UK)
Other works in private collections in the UK, America, Greece, Israel & The Netherlands