Join our amazing patrons

Our Patrons help us continue to grow

Become a Patron and enjoy a strong, close relationship with us. Not only will you have behind-the-scenes access to our exhibitions, and invitations to exclusive events with artists and curators, you’ll also be helping a vital part of our cultural heritage thrive.

We couldn’t be the organisation we are today without the generosity of our wonderful patrons. Quite simply, it is their support that has enabled us to develop into the UK’s only centre of excellence for the lettering arts. The Lettering Arts Centre is unique in that it is the only dedicated space where the different disciplines within the lettering arts of calligraphy, letter press, graphic design, font design, and typography converge. Mirabel Cecil, a regular large donor, has just endowed us with our current apprenticeship 2018 -2020 and has left a legacy for two further apprenticeships. 

Patrons are vital to us, and to letter carving

The writer Mirabel Cecil has been a Patron since 2000. She has generously funded our 2018 apprentice scheme, which will run for two years. It is called the Lettering Arts Trust Sebastian Walker Apprenticeship in remembrance of her beloved brother Sebastian Walker, pioneering publisher of children’s books, Walker Books. Mirabel has also endowed the Lettering Arts Trust with a legacy to finance two further apprenticeships. It’s a wonderful gift which will help safeguard the future of this art.

It seems only fitting that this charity which supports the longstanding art of lettering and encourages new talent in this field, should themselves be generously supported in order to do so. It is vital that this art should flourish into future generations.
— Mirabel Cecil, Patron

We can’t thank our Patrons enough

But here are a few ways we do


your name in the gallery

Patrons have their name brush-painted on the wall of the Lettering Art Centre gallery.


Exclusive Invitations

Private views and exclusive Patrons-only lunches and curator-led events.


Artists Studios

Exclusive access to artists’ studios across the UK.


Exhibition Catalogue

Two copies of each annual exhibition catalogue the Lettering Arts Trust produces.


LAT Discount

Reduced price tickets on all Lettering Arts Trust events nationwide.


Patron-only Letters

Regular news and updates by letter from the Executive Director.

The art of lettering, like the origins of our alphabet, can be traced back to the dawn of civilisation.  The Lettering Arts Trust is the only organisation to champion this art form.  Its work to create the opportunities to train tomorrow’s artists is vital to ensure that Britain’s tradition of beautiful letters carved in stone continues to inspire future generations.
— Gyles Brandreth, Patron