Artists in Conversation: Adam Williamson

Yunus Emre Institute in London is delighted to restart their fascinating “Artists in Conversations” series of talks featuring notable contemporary artists, exploring the classical and traditional arts and crafts of Turkey.

The sixth talk of the series, we are joined by Adam Williamson an award-winning calligrapher and sculptor who has undertaken a long list of prestigious commissions and exhibited internationally. The talk was moderated by Zeynep Iqbal and delved into his artistic journey and the art of Islamic patterns.

Williamson began his talk the way Keith Critchlow, his mentor and renowned artist, began his sessions, with an intention – “May we always be guided by truth. May we have beauty revealed to us. And may it result in good.”

Starting at the beginning of his artistic journey, Williamson recounted the places his interest in carving and calligraphy had taken him. Overwhelmed in the presence of the fine buildings found scattered across the world, including the Hagia Sophia and the Suleimaniye Mosque, he was hooked and needed to know more.

Williamson felt he owed much to his mentors, whom he spoke of with great fondness. He pressed the importance and honour it was to train both spiritually and practically in the grace of masters. He spends much of his time now spreading the knowledge he feels so privileged to receive. This talk was no different, as he took us on a journey through the meaning of his various projects and commissions.

The talk stayed true to the prayer it began with, imparting knowledge and beauty on all those that watched.

The talk was held virtually online at 6 PM on Monday 23rd November 2020 via Zoom.

The event was live stream on the institute social media accounts @yeelondra, and the recording is now available to watch on the Institute’s YouTube channel.


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