Our objective is to bring the lettering arts to a wider public. We’re now established as the leading gallery dedicated to showing exemplar lettering works.
Our exhibitions in 2016 have presented a full range of lettering forms and disciplines. You can read some of the reviews of exhibitions in the ‘press articles’ section in the ‘about’ tab. We opened this season with the retrospective of Michael Harvey, a major figure in the lettering world who started his career carving letters in stone and ended it designing digital fonts for Adobe.
The work of the master of letterpress, Alan Kitching, transformed our gallery into a blaze of colours and designs that reflected the importance of Alan’s work over his sixty-year career, showing his talents in using hand-set type to design anything from postage stamps to work for Penguin publishing.
From hand-set type to hand-carved stone, ‘Making It’ was our third major exhibition of 2016, showcasing the incredible talent that is being nurtured at the Historic Carving Department at City & Guilds of London Art School, one of only a few places to offer lettering as part of its curriculum. Works on display by alumni of the Art School included ornamental friezes and lettered panels.
We were delighted to curate an exhibition in the Concert Hall Gallery during Aldeburgh Music’s Snape Proms festival. It proved very popular with visitors, many unaware of the scope and beauty of the contemporary art form.
We also took the lettering arts to major arts events this year – we participated in Art for Cure which drew 8,000 visitors and organised a lettering tour and lecture as part of the prestigious London Craft Week.