This year, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü - London joined 250 makers, designers, brand and galleries from around the world to celebrate British and international creativity. In partnership with London Craft Week 2020, the Institute hosted online workshops focusing on the art of Islamic illumination. The workshops which were open to all saw great interest from those from the design sector and the general public.
London Craft Week aims to attract a broad audience of whom which are united in their appreciation of imagination, individuality, passion and skill. A curated programme of online and in-house events which were spread across different areas of London has allowed visitors to create their own itinerary, meet the artists and gain access to exclusive exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops.
Yunus Emre Enstitüsü - London offered 10 online workshops in 4 different patterns throughout the festival that took place from 30 September – 10 October. Each workshop covered a different traditional motif which included Stylized flowers, İznik flowers, Münhani and Negative technique style. The illumination workshops were held by Turkish illumination artist Nagihan Seymour, trained and authorized by Grand Master Hanifi Dursun.
London Craft Week is an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and emerging makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands. This year for its sixth edition, LCW launched its first ever “Create Day” in which a line-up of artists from around the world opened their studios online to the general public for twenty-four hours.
The institute has welcomed over 250 attendees over the three years. Participants who joined the workshops by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü - London not only experienced the process of creating an artwork but was also able to create their own master pieces to display at home at the end of the study.
Yunus Emre Enstitüsü - London
Yunus Emre Institute (Turkish: Yunus Emre Enstitüsü) is the Republic of Turkey’s cultural institute. Established in 2007, the organisation has over 60 branches worldwide. Through cultural diplomacy, the Institute aims to increase awareness of Turkish culture, support the learning of the Turkish language and to stimulate greater exchange in the fields of arts, culture, science, education. Since opening its doors in London in 2010, Yunus Emre Institute has become an improving the bonds of friendship between Turkey and the United Kingdom.