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 is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, including bank holidays 11am – 5pm. The Shop & Gallery close on Friday, 23 December and reopen in the Spring.


Our Christmas Showcase brings together a collection of beautiful pieces from leading designers and makers.  We’ve assembled a range of artworks which demonstrate variety of techniques and media, from limited-edition typography and calligraphy prints, to hand-engraved glassware and hand-carved stone, you’ll find a tempting array of gifts.

Many of the pieces on display are created by artists that have benefited from our training programme  which offers artists a comprehensive portfolio of training opportunities to prepare them to become independent letter carvers.  Journeyman student Joe Hickey has designed and carved letterforms on the initial slate stones and we have a number of sculptural stone artworks by former apprentice Louise Tiplady.

Perhaps the most dramatic piece is ‘Wings’ by Annet Stirling, who has inscribed text from ‘The Almost Perfect State’ by Don Marquis on to wing-shaped scants of Purbeck downsvein. The letter shapes, based on various Spanish manuscripts, reflect the text, which is both grave and amusing.

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The Lettering Arts Centre will close on 23rd December and reopen in late March with a new exciting exhibition programme including; Masters of Invention – a documentation of graffiti, from cave dwellings to present day, curated by Errol Donald and an exhibition  of 4 months duration -Orchestra of Letters, celebrating the music and 50th anniversary of the opening of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

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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Job Vacancy

We need a Shop Manager to develop our retail operation. You’ll be responsible for welcoming and greeting visitors to the Lettering Arts Centre gallery and shop, selecting and managing the purchase of shop stock.
For a full job description email Sarah-at-letteringartstrust.org.uk

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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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