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EXHIBITION: Art in Letters

Exhibition duration: 8 November - 8 December

Opening Times: Mon-Thur: 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-6pm

Venue: 10 Maple Street W1T 5HA

Admission: Free

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The Yunus Emre Enstitüsü - London and the Turkish Culture & Tourism Office are pleased to announce a new art exhibition called Art in Letters, which is being hosted at Yunus Emre Enstitüsü-London. The exhibition will feature 22 works of calligraphy by Ömer Kasım Kahya (a fine arts lecturer originally from Iraq), and Sir Terence Clark (a retired British diplomat).

The art of calligraphy (Hüsnühat) – the artistic practice of beautiful writing of letters and phrases in the Qur’an – has been a source of inspiration for Islamic arts for centuries, and is now finding new admirers and practitioners worldwide.

Ömer Kasım Kahya is calligrapher, author, artist and lecturer. He was born and raised in Mosul, Iraq, graduating in Fine Arts from the University of Baghdad in 2006. He moved to Turkey in 2007 to pursue his studies, gaining his doctorate from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University last year. For the past decade, he has lectured on Islamic art history and calligraphy, while also receiving instruction in calligraphy from some of the most notable figures in the Middle East, such as Nabeel al Shareefy and Davut Bektaş. Dr Kahya has quickly become established as a respected authority on calligraphy, publishing several papers and a book, The Empire of Arabic Calligraphy in the Ottoman Era (2015), which has become one of the definitive works on Ottoman calligraphy. Increasingly sought-after for his academic insights and artistry, he regularly travels across Turkey and abroad, including to Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait and Japan, to give talks and display his work.

Sir Terence Clark is a former British diplomat and respected Arabist. While serving as Ambassador to Iraq (1985–1989) he took a course in calligraphy at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad. Later, in retirement in the UK, he continued to study both calligraphy and Islamic design, and exhibited some of his work at the Iraqi Cultural Centre in London. Fluent in Arabic and Russian, he has served in Bahrain, Amman, Casablanca, Dubai, Belgrade, Muscat, Tripoli and Bonn. He left the Diplomatic Service in 1994, working as a consultant to private business and as a director of the International Crisis Group’s Bosnia Project. He has written several books, including Dogs in Antiquity: Anubis to Cerberus; The Origins of the Domestic Dog (2001) and British missions around the Gulf, 1575-2005: Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman (co-authored with Hugh Arbuthnott and Richard Muir, 2008).

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