2017 will be another important year in our work to raise awareness of the art of lettering. We open our exhibition season on Friday March 24 with ‘Masters of Invention’, which looks at the evolution of graffiti from the tombs of Egypt to the walls and subways of the modern metropolis. The exhibition has already caught the interest of the media with features planned in Elle Decoration, the Guardian and BBC’s The Radio 2 Arts Show with Jonathan Ross.
In June, we’re presenting the most important collection of new works by the UK’s foremost lettering artists in many years. ‘Orchestra of Letters’ takes its inspiration from the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. 35 artists will explore the symbiosis between music and lettering, creating works across the full spectrum of the art form. Pieces include Britten’s 1942 statement to the War Board printed by letterpress and interactive three-dimensional letter sculptures. Accompanying this, in September we’ll present a second exhibition in Aldeburgh Music’s concert hall gallery. ‘In Concert’ will show the work of another 30 artists, including our former apprentices and students of our Lettering Arts Trust Training.
London Craft Week is an inspirational event, showcasing exceptional British craftsmanship. The Lettering Arts Trust will again be taking part this year, with an ‘In conversation’ and open studio event on Saturday May 6 at the Islington studio of artist Lois Anderson, with leading letter carvers affiliated to the charity.