Lettering & Commemorative Arts

The Lettering & Commemorative  Arts Trust is encouraging Britain’s long tradition of lettercarving in stone, slate and wood to flourish through our Apprenticeship and Journeyman Schemes, our programme of exhibitions at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, national Lettercarving workshops, The  Art & Memory Collection, and various illustrated publications. We have helped and advised over five 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


Beautiful new OPEN sign by Alan Kitching.  The Gallery & Shop are open Fridays – Mondays, including bank holidays 11am – 5pm.

Masters of Invention 24 March – 28 May

Masters of Invention – Adventures in Graffiti art and Writing culture, presents visitors to the Lettering Arts Centre with a unique opportunity to explore writing culture within the history of creative mark making, contemporary art and graphic design. The show will feature paintings, photography, previously unseen sketches and theoretical texts from the culture’s pioneers as well as leading artists from today’s art scene.

Highlighting the contributions of those who have taken the art form into new and interesting spaces, Masters of Invention is a unique visual history of a letterform that has evolved from humble beginnings, into a highly complex and sophisticated form of design practice.

Curated by Errol Donald, Lettering Artist, Educator, Full member of Letter Exchange


To accompany the Masters of Invention exhibition, we are delighted to be screening the film Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence at the Britten Pears Auditorium adjacent to the Trask Cafe, Snape Maltings on Saturday, 8 April. 

Wall Writers offers a once-in-a-lifetime look at the origin of graffiti and street art, which continues to capture the imaginations of young people the world over. Most of the artists have given their first ever on-camera interviews for this project. Wall Writers has previously been screened in London and New York.

Screening will begin at 6pm. Please join us after the film for a glass of wine in the Trask Café, where you will be able to meet Errol Donald, the curator of Masters of Invention at the Lettering Arts Centre. Tickets are £10 each and are available by emailing  Natasha  or by telephoning 01728 688 393.


A fantastic film  by Roger Gastman telling the tale of wall writing’s beginning in New York and Philadelphia in the 1960s.

Narrated by John Waters, Wall Writers is a documentary about graffiti in its innocence. Through unprecedented access to TAKI183, CORNBREAD, and other legendary writers, Wall Writers features photographs and archival footage from the late 1960s and early 1970s, a time when underprivileged city kids refused to remain in the shadows.

The Shop also opens on 24 March, with brand new, innovative works of art and unique items for the home or special occasions.

Visit the Workshop page for dates for Calligraphy & Lino cut at the Lettering Arts Centre. The Cambridge and Cumbria Lettercarving in stone workshop dates are also available.

Apprentice's Blog

Follow our eighth apprentice, Jackie Perkins on her lettercarving journey with Master Lettercarver, Eric Marland  Jackie’s Blog

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. Please contact the Trust for more information.

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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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