I have to mention this event, in which some very good friends will be participating and may be one of the first of its kind to highlight women calligraphers. Pretty amazing that the Prime Minister of Turkey will attend, especially in the midst of all the insanity these days. SYMPOSIUM \ EXHIBITION \ WORKSHOP: FEMALE CALLIGRAPHERS 5-20 June 2010 Cemal Resit Rey Cultural Center, Istanbul This event combines the first international female calligraphers’ symposium with a diploma (icazet) ceremony, a calligraphy exhibition, and a workshop. 45 female calligraphers from Turkey, Iran, Spain, England, Syria and the UAE will participate; 26 female calligraphers will receive their icazet during the event. The book ‘Dünden Bugüne Kad?n Hattatlar / Female Calligraphers Past and Present’ (in both Turkish and English), authored by Dr. Hilal Kazan, will also go on sale at the opening. The volume contains not only images of the works of 163 female calligraphers whose work spans from the first years of Islam to today, but also their biographies, where available their photographs, and images of their gravestones and relevant archival documents. The event is sponsored by the Turkish Prime Ministry, IRCICA (Research Center for Islamic History Art and Culture), and the Greater Municipality of Istanbul. Project + Project Coordination: Dr. Hilal Kazan (Calligrapher & Art Historian) For more information please contact: femalecalligraphers at gmail dot com or hllkzn at yahoo dot com