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About


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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 around the body, and more specifically, his own. Recurring themes of self, identity, sexuality and memory, are emotive features in much of his work, displayed as a complex set of body dialogues. Cos haunts his works and the places his works inhabit, with ghostly repeating features such as casts of hands, and the mask cast from the artist's own face, something that have become constant companions appearing throughout his work.

Shaped by his use of metaphors, the body becomes symbolised through various interlinks – these 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.

"My interest in using the textile medium as a form of exploration into self & body, uses traditional methods to discern a metaphor, representing these as: thread as thought, warp as skeleton, weft as flesh or skin, & weave as body. I implement my knowledge of weaving, tapestry and other textile techniques, onto materials such as paper, printed matter, found and appropriated imagery, whilst exploring these recurring themes and motifs, tying them into my own projections, but also inserting my identity into other methods and disciplines that occupy my practice, hinting at my textile background, contributing to my ongoing dialogue. "



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Born in London, 1973, Currently live and work in the North West of England



Education
 
2006 ___Printmaking For Artists, Kensington & Chelsea College, London
1999 ___Public Art & Project Management HNC, Barnet College, London
1996 ___BA Hons Constructed Textiles, Middlesex University, London
1993 ___Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Barnet College, London




Awards

2018 ___AIR Gallery Fe/Male Exhibition AIR Gallery Award for High Commendation
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
2015 ___Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries Finalist, Australian Tapestry Workshop
2012 ___London Metropolitan Archive Bursary, Keats House Museum Artist in Residence
2009 ___Lauderdale House & Gallery, One-Man Exhibition Award, Bodylogues, London
2006 ___Kensington & Chelsea College, Award for High Achievement in Printmaking
1995 ___The Simon Jersey Tapestry Award, Finalist, Award of High Commendation




Projects / Residencies

2017 ___The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin by Helen Clarke & Sharon Kivland
2016 ___Balaclava.Q International visual art project, presenting a Queer aesthetic
2015 ___Fabric Residency Artist in Residence, Ardwick Mill, Manchester
2013 ___Cover Artist in Residence Yuck 'n Yum Magazine, Dundee
2012 ___Book Week Scotland with Yuck 'n Yum, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 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, (touring) Various Venues, London, Dublin, Harrogate
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, Waterloo Gallery, London




Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 ___Chromophobia, Sloe Gallery, Mirabel Studios, Manchester
2018 ___Liverpool Art Fair 2018, part of the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
2018 ___International Tapestry Project (touring), Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum, Germany
2018 ___Yuck 'n Yum Compendium Launch, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, US
2018 ___Yuck 'n Yum Compendium Launch, Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland
2018 ___International Tapestry Project (touring), Tuchmacher Museum, Germany
2018 ___Fe/Male: An Exhibition about Gender, AIR Gallery, The Warehouse, Altrincham, Chesire
2018 ___International Postcard Show 2018, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
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 ___International Tapestry Project (touring), part of World Textile Art Biennial, Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry, Uruguay
2017 ___International Tapestry Project (touring), Centre D'Action Culturelles de la MRC de Papineau
2017 ___Heallreaf 2 (touring), Part Two, curated by Margaret Jones, The Brick Lane Gallery, London
2017 ___International Tapestry Project (touring), San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, California, US
2017 ___Heallreaf 2 (touring),, curated by Margaret Jones, West Dean College, Chichester
2016 ___International Tapestry Project (touring), part of From Lausanne to Beijing. Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, China
2016 ___International Tapestry Project (touring), part of World of Threads, Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural Centre, Canada
2016 ___Crafts Council Directory Makers, London Design Fair, British Craft Pavilion, London
2016 ___International Tapestry Project, Craft Council of British Columbia, Canada
2016 ___Crafts Council Directory Makers, Design Days Dubai, The Venue, Dubai
2016 ___DEBASER, Curated by Cultivate, Basement Space (BSMT), London
2015 ___International Tapestry Project (touring), Doyle & Margaret Hartman Gallery, Denver, US
2015 ___Kate Derum Award & Exhibition, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2014 ___International Tapestry Project (touring), Craft Ontario, Canada
2015 ___Heallreaf, The Edward James Studios, West Dean College, Chichester
2014 ___PLAN.OPEN. Neo Craft, Curators Nimrod Vardi, Caroline Jane Harris, Arebyte, London
2013 ___Hot One Hundred, Curators Ismail Erbil, Patrick Michalopoulos, Schwartz 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, Curated by Sean Worrall, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London
2013 ___The Wing Assignment: Final Flight, William Road Gallery, London
2013 ___The Wing Assignment: Wing Asylum, The Asylum Chapel, London
2012 ___MM1 Project: Question.Reaction.Examination.Reaction, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2012 ___MM1 Project: De-Construct/Re-Construct/We-Construct, Arbeit 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, Leytonstone Arts Trail, Norlington Road Studios, London
2012 ___Three x Three, Curated by Sean Worrall, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London
2011 ___Drawing Crowds, An Exhibition of Exploratory Drawing, The Stone Space, London
2011 ___Altered State, 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, Stirling Castle and The Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling, Scotland
2009 ___Drench/Absorb, Curated by Amelia Francis and Simone Wallace, Oblong Gallery, London




Interviews / Reviews / Text

2018 ___A Tender Concern for Past & Present Essay by Liz Cooper
2018 ___Inspirational Issue 17 Review & Interview by John Hopper
2018 ___Inspirational Issue 15 Interview by John Hopper
2017 ___Textile Artist From Conception to Creation
2017 ___Textile Curator Artist Feature & Interview by Helen Adams
2017 ___Points of Juncture Exhibition The Londonist Review
2017 ___Points of Juncture, Top 7 Exhibitions Featured in FAD Magazine
2017 ___Cos talks about the making process Crafts Council Interview
2016 ___Textile Artist Interview Something made by Hand
2016 ___Thoughts On Thread Essay by Nigel St. Clair Morgan
2016 ___Inspiration Plus - Man/Body/Fiber Interview by John Hopper
2016 ___Inspirational Issue 9 Written by John Hopper
2015 ___Design & Artists Copyright Society talk to Cos Ahmet DACS interview
2015 ___Art as Archaeology Gnome Magazine, Bezalel7 Image Room
2015 ___The Plinth in Art Gnome Magazine, Bezalel7 Image Room
2015 ___Returning to the Material Object The Tapestry Weaver, Issue 16
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 ___Staffordshire Life Magazine, Drawing With Thread 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 ___Points of Juncture: An Exhibition by Cos Ahmet, Forty Hall Estate Publishing
2018 ___The Yuck 'n Yum Compendium, Yuck 'n Yum Collective Publishing
2017 ___The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin Ma Bibliothèque Publishing
2017 ___Heallreaf 2, International Woven Tapestry, Exhibition Catalogue
2017 ___Artist Feature, The Journal for Weavers, Spinner & Dyers, Issue 263
2016 ___Thread Is A Thought Exhibition Book Blurb Books UK
2015 ___Kate Derum Award For Small Tapestries Exhibition Catalogue
2015 ___Heallreaf, International Woven Tapestry, Exhibition Catalogue
2013 ___Creekside Open 2013, selected by Paul Noble, Exhibition Catalogue
2013 ___Cover Artist in Residence Yuck 'n Yum Magazine
2013 ___Keats Anthology, Keats House Museum, London Metropolitan Archive Publishing
2012 ___MM1 Question.Reaction.Examination.Reaction. Exhibition Catalogue
2012 ___MM1 De-Construct/Re-Construct/We-Construct Exhibition Catalogue
2012 ___Stitching Pictures, A&C Black Books Bloomsbury Publishing
2012 ___The Wing Assignment, &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, Exhibition Catalogue
2010 ___Holding Time, curated by Darshana Vora Exhibition Catalogue
2010 ___Bodylogues One-Man Exhibition preview feature, Gay Times Magazine
2009 ___Artist Feature, a-n Magazine September Issue



Member

AN + AIR Member
Crafts Council Directory
DACS for Artists Member




Collections
 
Harwood Bauhofer Apex Collection (UK)
Wellhouse Trust Arts Projects (UK)
ArtBeat Public Art Collection (UK)
Private Collections in the UK, America, Greece, Israel & The Netherlands