Calligraphy exhibition at Crafts Study Centre

Calligraphy exhibition at Crafts Study Centre

Two internationally recognised calligraphers have drawn inspiration from the archives of UCA Farnham's Crafts Study Centre for a new exhibition at the university museum.

Ann Hechle and Ewan Clayton used the ground-breaking work of Edward Johnston CBE and his protégé Irene Wellington to create Head, Hand, Heart: reflections on a practice.

The exhibition, which includes work from all four artists, runs from 12 March to 18 May 2013 at the Crafts Study Centre.

Curator, Jean Vacher, said: "We are seeking to reveal some elements of the creative process and how the work of Johnston and Wellington influence today's leading calligraphers.

"As such, the exhibition has a deeply personal context as well as act as meditation on the creative relationship between makers in the development of contemporary calligraphy."

Hechle and Clayton used the Crafts Study Centre's collections as a point of reference to reflect on the lives and work of the pioneering calligraphers to discover how various aspects of their practice are present within their own work today.

Ewan Clayton said: "The exhibition is a great opportunity to explore how things are passed on from one generation to another in a way that gives life, rather than carrying a burden of expectations."

Calligraphy by Ewan Clayton Ann Hechle said: "What Ewan and I have noticed is the importance of process in the work of Johnston and Wellington. The work has a hinterland so that the finished piece is a result not an aim."

A conversation with the two artists will take place at the Crafts Study Centre on Wednesday 10 April 2013 from 5.30 to 7.00 p.m. Tickets are £5, early booking by phone (01252 891450) recommended due to limited seating.

An illustrated catalogue will be published by the Crafts Study Centre with the generous support of The International Calligraphy Centre at the University of Sunderland.

For more information contact:

David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939

Twitter: @UniCreativeArts

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