Exhibition tour - ‘Lettering: objects, examples, practice’.
Thursday 10th April 2014
Central Saint Martins
Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA
Join designer and CSM Professor Phil Baines and Judy Willcocks, Head of the Museum and Study Collection, for an exhibition tour to mark the final week of ‘Lettering: objects, examples, practice’ at Central Saint Martins.
Gather in Luminous Books at 1pm for an introduction to the collection and browse our specially sourced range of new and vintage typography books, including examples of cover work by Phil Baines for Penguin’s Great Ideas series, followed by a guided tour of the exhibition and opportunity to hear insights from the people who curate, build, maintain and interact with this unique collection.
Lettering: objects, examples, practice is an exhibition exploring the rich history of lettering through a selection of key historic books and manuscripts from the College’s Museum & Study Collection and Central Lettering Record. The Museum at Central Saint Martins grew out of a teaching collection that was begun in 1896 when the College was set up. During the late 1800s and early 1900s the College continued to purchase (among other things) rare books, early printed books, illuminated manuscripts and incunabula. Since then the collection has continued to grow but now the emphasis is on collecting work by designers and makers who have a direct connection with the College through teaching or studying there. The Central Lettering Record was begun in the early 1960s as a photographic archive of all kinds of lettering and has grown to include items as diverse as manufacturers publicity material, and examples of public lettering.
Examples of rare and early printed books are on display alongside work by Central Saint Martin’s alumni, showing the influence of the past on emerging practice. Featured designers include Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, Catherine Dixon, Derek Birdsall, Ken Garland, Phil Baines, Jeremy Tankard, Ed Wright and Anthony Froshaug. Examples or more recent student work are also included.
The exhibition is co-curated by Professor Phil Baines and staff from the museum and study collection and has been sponsored by Monotype.