Lettering & Commemorative Arts

The Lettering & Commemorative  Arts Trust is encouraging Britain’s long tradition of lettercarving in stone, slate and wood to flourish through our Apprenticeship and Journeyman Schemes, our programme of exhibitions at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, national Lettercarving workshops, The  Art & Memory Collection, and various illustrated publications. We have helped and advised over five thousand people across the British Isles and also overseas, with the commissioning of commemorative works and well designed, unique memorials for churchyard, cemetery, private garden or public space. Please see our commissioning website  www.memorialsbyartists.co.uk

The Lettering Arts Centre GALLERY & SHOP at Snape Maltings  is  open Fridays – Mondays, including bank holidays 11am – 5pm for   innovative works of art and unique items for the home or special occasions.

Talk at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings Wednesday, 21st June: 6pm

Join us for a behind the scenes look at the transfer of letter carving skills from Master to apprentice.

Jackie Perkins joined master lettercarver, Eric Marland in March 2016 for a two-year journey into the world of lettercarving. They will share insights into their training and standout moments of a journey that passes on a tradition stretching back across the centuries.

Spaces are limited so please reserve your seat by emailing Natasha or calling 01728 688 393. Tickets are £10 which includes a glass of wine. Free to Friends of the Lettering Arts Trust.


2 June until 2 October

Calligraphy by Rosella Garavaglia


  • A virtuoso performance in lettering by thirty-six of the UK’s leading lettering artists.
  • Orchestra of Letters from 2 June to 2 October 2017

Opening at the Lettering Arts Centre as part of Snape Maltings’ 50th anniversary celebrations for its world famous concert hall, the Letterimg Arts Trust presents “Orchestra of Letters” bringing together a remarkable ensemble of all the disciplines associated with the art of lettering. Thirty-six of the UK’s foremost lettering artists, curated by master letterer Mark Frith, present original works for sale.

The objective is for the exhibition to provide a rich narrative, which celebrates the relationship between lettering, music and the beautiful location at Snape Maltings.

As with an orchestra, the lettering artists’ instruments that create the collective effect are varied and technically different. Here they feature calligraphy, typography, letterpress, laser, oxidation, ceramics, glass, wood and stone letter carving. All artists have been invited to interpret the theme of “Orchestra of Letters” resulting in diverse pieces of work that range from limited edition prints to individual sculptures.  Taking the comparison with the exhibition’s theme, some works are pianissimo (quiet and reflective), others display the maker’s elaborate coloratura.

Visit the Workshop page for dates for Calligraphy & Lino cut at the Lettering Arts Centre. The Cambridge and Cumbria Lettercarving in stone workshop dates are also available.

Apprentice's Blog

Follow our eighth apprentice, Jackie Perkins on her lettercarving journey with Master Lettercarver, Eric Marland  Jackie’s Blog

Friends of The Lettering & Commemorative Arts Trust

Become a Friend of the Lettering Arts Trust an enjoy private view invitations, free entry to exhibition talks by some of the UK’s leading lettering artists and special events for Friends only. Please contact the Trust for more information.

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Exhibition Virtual Tour

Masters & Apprentices – The Transfer of Passion Exhibition. Take a virtual tour of our 2014 exhibition and enjoy the craftsmanship and skill of the UK’s leading lettercarving Masters and their apprentices.


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