Chelsea Physic Garden hosts “An Elixir of Letters,” a unique collaboration between the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Lettering Arts Trust. This wonderful exhibition celebrates the theme of drink, and features works in stone, slate, and metal inspired by plants that are the ingredients in teas, tisanes, wines, cordials, beers, and herbal brews. It is a show that will slake the thirst of art lovers and gardening enthusiasts alike.
“An Elixir of Letters” features standing stones and sculptures, sundials and ornaments created by 15 leading letter carving artists who took inspiration from the historic Chelsea Physic Garden to create works for this enchanting exhibition. The works featured celebrate the theme of Drink with inscriptions of poetry, drinking songs, and recipes.
The artists showing their inspiring works at this beautiful garden in the heart of Chelsea include Martin Cook, Annet Stirling, Karim Lahham, Alyosha Moeran, and Charlotte Howarth.
Lois Anderson, Gin & Tonic bench £2,240
Harry Brockway, Tea for Two £1,260
Mark Brooks, Divine Chocolate £1,200
Martin Cook, Enjoy Life £4,450
Iain Cotton, Message in a Bottle £5,600
Ayako Furuno, The Mead of Poetry £420
Rachel Gundry, Apple Bird Bath £2,720
Rachel Gundry, A Laughing Pomegranate £4,536
Wayne Hart, Olive Branch £2,345
Joe Hickey, Thank God for Tea £1,400
Charlotte Howarth, Haw Gin £4,200
Karim Lahham, White Peony Not for sale, please enquire to commission
Alyosha Moeran, Fern Bowl £1,680
Tom Sargeant, Cedar Seed £3,140
Annet Stirling, Pluck small £91, large £630
Louise Tiplady, Good Cups & Saucers £2,524
Teucer Wilson, Fill Each Other's Cup £4,200
Telephone: 020 7352 5646
The Alphabet Museum will present a collection of work, much of it newly commissioned, that reaches back to the ancient beginnings of the alphabet and illustrates the connections between symbols and sounds, the roundabout routes from hieroglyphs to the letters we use today and the myriad ways in which skilled letter carvers work with and manipulate the ’other’ tools of their trade – the letters of the alphabet. The exhibition includes carvings, drawings, glass and wood work, systems of codes, Greek, Roman and Hebrew alphabets and axe work.
Opening times: Friday-Monday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Further information: 01728 688393
Join our curator, Eric Marland, for a behind-the-scenes look at the Alphabet Museum exhibition. Eric will share the story of the inspiration for the collection, talk about the significance of the works on display and give an overview of the development of our alphabet - perhaps humankind's greatest invention.
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The Lettering Arts Trust Friends
This talk is free for friends but please reserve your place here.
For all other guests it is a £10 to reserve your place.
Opening times: Friday-Monday: 11.00am – 5.00pm.
Further information: 01728 688393
Tolpuddle Manor dates from 1656 and is the home of Julian Francis, a long-term supporter of the charity.
It boasts one of the most important private collections of lettering on stone. Join us for a private tour of the garden with its 1.5 acres arranged on three levels with substantial yew hedges, large borders and trees including a large copper beech and a Judas Tree. You will encounter lettering on stone dotted around the garden, including work by David Kindersley, Gary Breeze, Tom Perkins, and Teucer Wilson. Julian’s collection also includes sculptures by Peter Randall-Page and Mary Spencer Watson.
Artist Ayako Furano, who has taken up a Journeyman Scheme through the Lettering Arts Trust and is a recipient of a Harriet Frazer bursary, will demonstrate the timeless craft of carving throughout the day.
Tea, coffee, wine and light refreshments will be served.
Tickets are £8 to Friends of the Lettering Arts Trust, and £10 to other guests. For further information telephone 01728 688 393
Our London Craft Week event: Alan Kitching’s Life in Letterpress
Alan Kitching demonstrates his letterpress skill as a compositor and printer, an artistry for which he has achieved world-wide renown.
London Craft Week, event at Chelsea Physic Garden
In conversation, Tom Sargeant, our seventh apprentice with Karoline Newman, followed by a guided tour of the 'Elixir of Letters' artworks.
£10.50 entry fee to the garden. 30 places
Tickets Available at www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk | Tel: 020 7352 5646
Professor Phil Cleaver & Deborah Hopson Wolpe
In conversation, Professor Phil Cleaver, Curator of ‘Berthold Wolpe – The Total Man’ and Deborah Hopson Wolpe, daughter of Berthold.
Tickets free to Friends of LAT, £10 to other guests. Pay at Door.
Places must be booked in advance as seats are limited. To reserve a seat, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here you’ll be able to see a series of demonstrations by letter carving artists:
- 21 April: Joe Hickey, our formerJourneyman
- 22 April: Joe Hickey
- 23 April: Joe Hickey
- 24 April: Joe Hickey
- 28 April: Jackie Perkins, our eighth apprentice, 2016-2018
- 29 April: Jackie Perkins
- 5 May: Ayako Furuno, our former Journeyman
- 6 May: Ayako Furuno, our former Journeyman
- 19 May: Fiona Flack, our fifth apprentice
- 20 May: Fiona Flack, our fifth apprentice
For all details and opening hours visit the Festival website www.aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk.