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Public commissions

 
 
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Commissioning public works

Let us help bring your ideas to life

From WW1 memorials to the Bali Bombings Memorial, the art of the letter carver has been an integral part of permanent public memorials. Tracing the name of a lost one cut deep into stone is a source of immense solace to many. Public memorials do not need to be constrained by the limits that can be set on memorials in church yards. We have helped in the creation of many significant public memorials, and can help you in the process of creating one. From selecting a letter carving artist from our register of 75 master letter carver-approved artists, to helping managing your project, we are happy to help.

The possibilities of keeping memories alive in public are infinite. Most public memorials are made of stone, but many letter carving artists are happy to work in paper, lead, iron, bronze, silver, wood, ceramic, glass or even living landscapes.

 
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Bali Bombings Memorial, London

Letter carvers Gary Breeze and Martin Cook have worked with Memorials by Artists (now the Lettering Arts Trust) for many years. In 2005 the commissioners of the Bali Bombings Memorial selected these wonderful artists from our artists register. This highly emotive project involved the extensive re-landscaping and design of an architecturally sensitive site in London. The Bali Bombing Memorial features a wall of names carved into Portland stone with a sphere of granite covered in 200 individual doves, representing the spirits of those who were killed. 

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Christ Church Cloister Fountain, Oxford

In 2010 Memorials by Artists (now The Lettering Arts Trust) arranged the commission of a new fountain at Christ Church Cloister. Letter carver Gary Breeze worked with Norfolk leadwork craftsman Brian Turner to create a fountain cast in lead and a lead container for a new olive tree.

 

Donor Window Lettering, Westminster Abbey

Charlotte Howarth, working closely with Westminster Abbey studios, helped create the lettering on the cathedral’s donor windows. Studio artists painted over Charlotte’s letter forms onto the glass, and Charlotte oversaw the letters before they were fired.

The Silver Darlings, Great Yarmouth Library

Charlotte Howarth is a letter carver with a long association with Memorials by Artists (now The Lettering Arts Trust). When Norfolk Library Services wanted a public memorial for its building, we discussed with them what they wanted, and suggested Charlotte. She consulted with the local community to create something local people would want. The six beautiful plaques that are sited on the side of the library wall are testament to this local involvement.

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Meet our artists

WE HAVE 75 OF THE VERY BEST LETTER-CARVING ARTISTS IN THE UK ON OUR REGISTER

All of whom are members of The Lettering Arts Trust. Some of these artists are featured here, but please call or email if you would like to see more. Our letter carvers are true lettering artists who invest much thought and consideration into every lettered commission they receive. It’s a great pleasure for us to promote their work, which has given, and continues to give, people such immense pleasure. Their beautiful pieces are sited throughout the UK, and at the Lettering Arts Centre.

 
 
 

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If you would like a free consultation or chat, we are here to guide you through your decision making and advise on which artists would suit your requirements.

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01728 688 393 / 01728 688 934.

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Commissioning advice

Our experienced advisers are always here during working hours to talk through your requirements. Feel free to get in touch on 01728 688 393 or 01728 688 934. 
 

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browse our artists

We work with over 75 independent letter carvers around the country, all of whom have been approved by a selection panel of master letter carvers. Take a look at their wonderful work

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about the tradition

The centuries-old art of letter carving on stone has long been used to commemorate people and events. Discover more about this wonderful heritage craft here.
 


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