About Us

The Lettering and Commemorative Arts Trust provides training in letter design and lettercarving and exists to widen people’s awareness and appreciation of the lettering and commemorative arts, including memorials. We play a critical role in ensuring that Britain’s long tradition of fine lettering, commemorative and memorial art continues to flourish.

I know few other organisations which, from such a simple base, have had so beneficent an effect simultaneously on the furtherance of art and of understanding.

Libby Purves June 2010

Lettercarving Workshops

We run an annual programme of short lettercarving courses, in stone at workshops in Cambridge, Scotland and Cumbria, lettercarving in wood in Kent and also calligraphy workshops for beginners and advanced at the Lettering Arts Centre in Snape, Suffolk. We also run a symposium for professional letter carvers bi-annually.

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Lettercarving Apprenticeships

Our apprenticeship scheme was established in 2002 and to date eight apprenticeships have been successfully completed. Tom Sargeant, our  seventh apprentice has completed his apprenticeship and is now working with his former Masters, Chris Elsey and Geoff Aldred in their Sussex studio. Jackie Perkins began her two-year apprenticeship with Eric Marland in March 2016. We are currently receiving applications for our ninth apprentice which will begin in April 2018, please email for details. Closing date 20th December 2017

  • Two year Apprenticeship Scheme fully funded for the first year. In year 2, the apprentice should be proactive in finding funding with the help and support of LCAT.
  • Our Journeyman Scheme for experienced, committed letter carvers, offering expertise and guidance by working for short periods with a variety of letter carvers. A grant of up to £2000 is offered.

For more information, please contact the charity

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The Art & Memory Collection

A National Collection of Contemporary Memorial Art: The Art & Memory exhibition was launched in 2009 at West Dean Gardens and ran for seven months. All 54 of these lettered works, are now permanently sited at seven venues throughout the UK. Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol; Blair Castle, Perthshire; Canterbury Cathedral, Kent; Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire (opens Spring 2012); Monnow Valley Arts Centre, Herefordshire; Winterbourne Botanical Garden, Birmingham. We have recently established a site in Suffolk too – please contact us to make an appointment to view the Snape collection, or for further information.

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