For centuries, Turkish culture has encompassed a wide range of art forms, such as calligraphy (hüsn-i hat), paper marbling (ebru), illumination (tezhip), miniature, Turkish ceramic (çini) and batik.
A new month-long London exhibition, The Noble, will showcase these traditional Turkish arts, displaying the works of eleven contemporary artists regarded as masters in their respective field.
The Noble features artworks produced by Ahmet Sacit Açıkgözoğlu, Berna Vahapoğlu, Elif Yurdakul, Emsele Bal, Gulnaz Fatima Mahboob, Gülcan Acar, Mürvet Bilgin, Nagihan Seymour, Nimet Koç, Sema Yekeler Yurtseven, and Songül Ergün.
Each artist draws on cultural traditions, customs, legends, and beliefs dating back thousands of years, reflected in their choice of colours, themes and sometimes in a seemingly simple motif.
Yet, as the exhibition will show, these diverse Turkish art forms continue to evolve, reflecting the aesthetic values of the ever-changing world of the artist without losing their traditional qualities.
The Noble will open at the Yunus Emre Institute in Fitzrovia, central London, on 28 November and run until 21 December 2022. All the artworks on display will be available for sale – click here for more details.
The exhibition s being produced in collaboration with the Traditional Turkish Arts (TTA) Platform and supported by the Bağcılar Municipality and Turkish Airlines, as part of a drive to support emerging and established artists in traditional Turkish arts.
Since opening its doors in London in 2010, Yunus Emre Institute has featured talks, workshops, exhibitions, and courses in traditional Turkish arts such as calligraphy and marbling, attracting widespread interest from diverse people curious to learn more about these traditional arts.
Title: The Noble: Traditional Turkish Arts Exhibition
Date: Monday 28 November 2022 to Wednesday 21 December 2022
Time: the exhibition is available for viewing from 10am to 6pm
Venue: 10 Maple Street, W1T 5HA
Admission: free, but registration is required via Eventbrite. Click here to register.
Main image, top (L-R): The Bird in Myth by Mürvet Bilgin, and Oxford by Berna Vahapoğlu