Lettering & Commemorative Arts

The Lettering and Commemorative Arts Trust is encouraging Britain’s long tradition of lettercarving to flourish through our Apprenticeship and Journeyman Schemes, Lettercarving Workshops, The Art & Memory Collection, and various illustrated publications. We have also helped and advised over four and a half thousand people across the British Isles and also overseas, with the commissioning of commemorative works and well designed, unique memorials for churchyard, cemetery, private garden or public space. Please see our commissioning website www.memorialsbyartists.co.uk


The Lettering Arts Centre Gallery & Shop is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, including bank holidays 11am – 5pm


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 Major retrospective spanning six decades
 Alan Kitching to transport part of his studio to exhibition for letterpress workshops
 Special edition publication available at the gallery
The timeless designs of a world renowned typographer and printmaker will be celebrated by a new exhibition, opening at the Lettering Arts Centre this summer. Alan Kitching – A Life in Letterpress is a retrospective of the life and work of an artist and craftsman who has spent fifty years using hand-set type to create countless, beautifully expressive, designs.

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Open 2pm until the end of each evening performance (closed 15th August)

The Lettering Arts Centre in association with Snape Proms presents a vibrant display of lettering arts today – from cast bronze and rusting steel to carved slate, wood block prints and pen-cased calligraphy.

MAKING IT… City & Guilds of London Art School at the Lettering Arts Centre – 26th August – 6th November   

An exhibition of Carving & Lettering from the Historic Carving Department of City & Guilds of London Art School

This exciting exhibition features the carving and letter cutting of recent students and alumni from the Art School, and demonstrates the exceptional range and quality of their work.

TALKS  at the Lettering Arts Centre 2016

Charlotte Howarth  talks about her Winston Churchill Memorial Travelling Fellowship Award – Tuesday, 27th September 6pm

‘I have been working with letters for all of my adult life. I was introduced to letter carving by my stepfather, David Baker, through him and his gentle enthusiasm, my interest in lettering was sparked and from this my career has grown.  Understanding how letters work, how to draw their shapes, the spaces between them and how they fit together, how the whole fits on the page (or stone), and the messages they convey have been a constant source of interest and quest for understanding for all of my adult life’.

Charlotte’s lettering journey began in Athens and took her to Delphi and then onto Italy visiting Naples and Florence before finally arriving in Rome. Charlotte visited a varied range of ancient sites, monuments and museums and saw a broad spectrum of lettering – incised into stone, engraved into lead and other metals, lettering in mosaics, painted onto pottery, stamped into clay and frescoed.

Please let us know if you would like to hear Charlotte’s talk and enjoy a free glass of wine. Tickets are £10 but free to Friends of The Lettering & Commemorative Arts Trust,the talk starts at 5.30pm

Martin Cook & Gary Breeze talk about their RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden – Antithesis of Sarcophagi – 12th October 5.30pm

In March this year, Martin Cook and Gary Breeze, who both work closely with the Trust on many projects, gave an informative and wonderfully animated talk about the Felix Dennis Shard Garden which they had designed and begun to install before Felix sadly died in 2014.  At the end of their talk, they briefly spoke about their collaboration in designing and creating a stunning garden for the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Antithesis of Sarcophagi. The concept was new and exciting – a 10 tonne granite block with a secret garden/woodland inside – only visible through tiny slits in the granite. Martin & Gary won a GOLD at Chelsea and were awarded Best Fresh Garden  Martin has recently become a Trustee of the Trust.

On 12th October, Gary and Martin are returning the the Lettering Arts Centre to present a talk about their RHS Chelsea journey, the sleepless nights, the worry and the triumph. If you would like to come along and listen to these two incredibly talented artists please let us know. Tickets are £10 but free to Friends of The Lettering & Commemorative Arts Trust, the talk starts at 5.30pm. There will also be a free glass of wine.

Friends of The Lettering & Commemorative Arts Trust

Become a Friend of the Lettering Arts Trust an enjoy private view invitations, free entry to exhibition talks by some of the UK’s leading lettering artists and special events for Friends only. This August, Charlotte Howarth will talk about the trip she was awarded by the Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. In October, Martin Cook & Gary Breeze will give a talk about winning GOLD at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as well as Best Fresh Garden with their Antithesis of Sarcophagi granite cube. Tickets are £10 but free to Friends.Please contact Sarah Harrison for more details.

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Lino Cut Workshops at Lettering Arts Centre

LINO CUT WORKSHOP with Louise Tiplady: 2nd & 16th November: Two fantastic one day workshops with Louise who will guide you through making your own lettered print from start to finish.No prior experience is necessary and a range of skill levels can be catered for. £75 per workshop.

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Exhibition Virtual Tour

Masters & Apprentices – The Transfer of Passion Exhibition. Take a virtual tour of our 2014 exhibition and enjoy the craftsmanship and skill of the UK’s leading lettercarving Masters and their apprentices.


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