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Signs of the Seaside: Curator Talk with Justin Burns  

Thu 13 July 2023
6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm

The Talk

Justin Burns, Guest Curator of Signs of the Seaside will examine the origins of the familiar seafront vernacular in this illustrated talk.

He will explore archival examples from the museum’s collection and new works commissioned for the exhibition to evidence the impact of typography in the development of the English seaside resort.

The talk will explore the early foundries to the use of letterforms typefaces on transport posters, guidebooks, and resort advertising in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Justin will explore the work from artists and designers in the fields of lettering, typography, graphic design, and Illustration Signs of the Seaside.

Tickets include entry to Signs of the Seaside and a glass of wine. Also available to watch live via Zoom for £8.

The Speaker

Justin Burns is Head of School of Arts at the University of Derby. His research, through his PhD at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, explores lettering and typography at the English seaside: a study of resort identity, development, and experience.

His practice-based research investigates how lettering, typography and the discipline of graphic design contribute to the development and experience of English seaside resorts. He explores how inscribed, painted, and fabricated letterforms form part of the expected ‘image’ of the seaside and are integral to the visual packaging of our trip to the seaside.

Signs of the Seaside runs from 29 April – 3 September 2023

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