Inscribed: the craft of cutting letters, an exhibition at the Goldsmiths’ Centre
“A Way with Words”is a major touring exhibition celebrating the 25thAnniversary of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, with almost 100 selected pieces of calligraphic and lettering work, in a variety of media, to show the huge range of ways to express words visually and beautifully.
This exhibition travels to venues in the north, south, east and west of the country, and the vast majority of work will be on display at the final stage of its journey at The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings
In an increasingly visual society, calligraphy has gained popularity as people appreciate the skilful demonstration of scripts and styles. It is also a thriving and popular craft skill that encourages anyone with a love of words to express themselves.
Traditional manuscript painting and gilding can be seen alongside many other techniques, such as writing on metals or glass, work with nibs, brushes and other tools, paints, inks and engraving, linocuts and digitally manipulated images.
The Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) is one of the largest western lettering societies in the world. It is based in the United Kingdom and has an extensive membership in Europe as well as many other countries. CLAS is a registered charity that aims to provide educational support for its members and the wider public, as well as raising standards in calligraphy and lettering. It holds a variety of national and international events such as the annual week-long Festival of Calligraphy, day and weekend workshops and touring exhibitions.
The Lettering Arts Centre is open 11am - 5pm daily
Admission is free
The office is open Mon - Friday 9am - 5pm 01728 688 393
Artist Talk by Mary Noble: A Living Legacy of Letters - lettering today
Presented as part of our exhibition ‘A Way with Words’, join us to hear artist Mary Noble sharing her knowledge of historical letter forms, revealing how they inform contemporary letter design.
Influence, experimentation, and play in contemporary lettering
Curated by Mark Noad
The history of lettering and design has been driven by developments in technology from the earliest clay tablets to the latest tablet computers. Different mediums, tools, materials, cultures all contribute to the creation of innovative letterforms and layouts. This is as true today as it’s ever been with constant developments in the way we communicate.
The aim of this exhibition is to demonstrate that an enquiring mind and a fertile imagination are essential ingredients to producing new, innovative, and inspiring work in all fields of the lettering arts. While crafts skills and a knowledge of the history of lettering and design are essential to good practice, if all we do with them is replicate established conventions then little or no progress is made and creativity becomes stagnant.
A willingness to not be constrained by convention, to look outside ones own field using different media and production methods, using imagination and not being afraid to occasionally make mistakes are key to creating truly original work.
This exhibition will bring together an eclectic and diverse selection of artists and designers who all demonstrate that they are willing to try something new. In doing so, the exhibition sets up a dialogue between the different lettering disciplines encouraging the visitor (and the participants) to consider how the cross-pollination of ideas can benefit the continuing development of lettering and design.
The exhibition will feel active rather than passive with visitors encouraged to interact with some of the exhibits and to share their experiences on social media.
Creative Inspiration Workshop - Classic Calligraphy - the essence of the alphabet
Free form calligraphy workshop at the Geffrye Museum, London
Letter Carving Demonstration at the Geffrye Museum of the Home
London Craft Week - letter carving demonstration with Thomas Sargeant at the Goldsmiths’ Centre
Inscribed: The Craft of Cutting Letters - Building and Exhibition Tours
Inscribed: The Craft of Cutting Letters - guided tours
'Thoughts on Mourning' audio walk at the Geffrye Museum of the Home
As part of our London Craft Week programme at the Geffrye Museum, visit our exhibition celebrating the craft of the letter carver and the power of the hand-made memorial.
Artist Talk at the Lettering Arts Centre: The Village Gravestone Maker
Come to the Make Festival to discover art skills and ideas. Join letter carver Tom Sargeant as he demonstrates the timeless skill of designing and carving of letters into stone.
We are drawn to capture a memory. For centuries, we have commemorated and mourned the passing of lives through memorials. Presenting a time capsule of beautiful memorials drawn and carved by hand by leading letter carvers, this exhibition will show how individual lives can be celebrated with sensitive design and beautiful lettering. The exhibition is designed to uplift and to prompt us to consider how we would like to be remembered.
We will present the working drawings and designs of lettering artists, as well as original works from our Art & Memory collection. Among the exhibits on display will be the memorial artwork created with the running vest of Stephen Lawrence, kindly loaned by the Lawrence family.
Opening times: Friday-Monday: 11.00am – 5.00pm.
Further information: 01728 688393
Behind the scenes of the 'Alphabet Museum' exhibition
THIS TALK IS NOW FULL
Join our curator, Eric Marland, who 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 £10 to reserve your place.
Join Rachel at the Chelsea Physic Garden for a talk and demonstration of her work designing and carving artworks such as her 'A Laughing Pomegranate' created for our exhibition 'An Elixir of Letters'. She will take guests on a guided tour of all the works on display in the Garden. While the talk is free on entry to the Garden, please reserve your place here www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/Event/an-elixir-of-letters-talk-and-tour-with-rachel-gundry .
Join Martin Cook for a talk about his work and a tour of the garden artworks in our ‘An Elixir of Letters’ exhibition at Chelsea Physic Garden.
The Alphabet Museum presents 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 woodwork, systems of codes, Greek, Roman and Hebrew alphabets and axe work.
Visit our newsletter page to read the artists' statements about their work.
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
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 £980
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
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 email@example.com
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.