Lettering as Art Competition + Masterclass

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and The Arts Society (Mid Sussex) have teamed up to launch new a competition for budding young calligraphers and creative lettering artists aged 15-18 years old living or studying in Mid Sussex. With support from Cass Art, The Wynkyn de Worde Society and The Edward Johnston Foundation.

Ditchling has an incredible heritage in lettering arts. It was once home to the world-renowned calligrapher and typographer Edward Johnston (1872-1944) who designed the famous London Underground Typeface ‘Johnston Sans’ when he was here. Eric Gill, letter carver and designer of well know typefaces such as Gill Sans, Perpetua and Joanna, lived here for a time as did letter carver Joseph Cribb. John Skelton who was trained by Eric Gill worked just outside the village and his daughter Helen Mary Skelton still runs the letter and stone carving workshop.

You don’t need to be experienced in calligraphy or creative lettering, just keen to learn and interested in taking art or design at A-level or further.

Simply fill out a short application form and send up to three photos of pieces of your art/design that you are most proud of to lucy@ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk by 1 July 2019.

To start the competition off we will be offering applicants a place on a free masterclass in calligraphy and creative lettering with experts in their fields:

Creative lettering with Patrick Knowles: Monday 12 August, 11am-4pm (12 places available)

Calligraphy with Patricia Gidney: Tuesday 13 August, 11am-4pm (12 places available)

After the masterclass, using what you have learnt we will set a competition where the two winners (one in calligraphy and one in creative lettering) will win £50 CASS Art voucher and a CASS Art goodie bag worth £40 and also get their winning designs made into post cards.

The deadline for the competition will be in early September and will be judged by a panel of experts:

Ewan Clayton (calligrapher), Patrick Knowles (calligrapher and creative lettering artist), Patricia Gidney (calligrapher), Steph Fuller (Director at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft), and members of The Arts Society.


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