South London Letter Association regularly hosts events for its members. From social events, exhibitions, and other outings, to workshops and courses our events are a great opportunity to get together and share creative ideas about lettering. Most events are free for members, so join SLLA today.

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September 2019

Mount Cutting with Joy Daniels

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aspire Centre, Southfields Community Centre
337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU United Kingdom
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£30

In this workshop, Joy discusses the processes of choosing the right colour mount card for a piece of work, how to gauge the right amount of space to leave around the artwork and then cut the aperture out. You will learn the basics and then move onto cutting double mounts and multi aperture mounts - great for grouping a collection of small images together. Even the small pieces of 'waste' card are put to good use, making tiny frames to…

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October 2019

SLLA Annual Calligraphy Exhibition 2019

October 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - October 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
St Bride’s Foundation, Bride Lane
London, EC4Y 8EE United Kingdom
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St Bride Foundation Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ 15th - 25th Oct  2019 11 am - 6 pm Mon - Fri  Except Mon 21st Oct 2.30 pm - 9 pm   Also exhibiting this year will be Gillian Barlow an outstanding botanical artist and highly respected member of the RHS. Find out more about her:  http://gillianbarlow.com On show will be a variety of of members’ work including pieces from SLLA workshops. There will be a selection of SLLA Calligraphic…

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November 2019

‘Inspired by David Jones’ Drawing and Painting Letters with Mark L’Argent

November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aspire Centre, Southfields Community Centre
337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU United Kingdom
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£30

Created mainly for friends and family, the distinctive lettering art of David Jones is based on naive letterforms and early christian inscriptions. This workshop explores these characteristic and quirky letterforms, looks at their origins for inspiration, and their ‘Jones’ arrangements, using either pencils, or crayons, or gouache, (or all three) to create these and some new forms of our own. A opportunity to be inspired and have fun creating and using informal letterforms. Workshop Fee £25: SLLA/NLLA members £30: non-members…

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David Simons, “Better with Letters – A Way of Life”

November 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St Bride’s Foundation, Bride Lane
London, EC4Y 8EE United Kingdom
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£3

David Simons is a Calligrapher, Artist and Teacher with a passion for the pointed pen. With examples of his work, David will talk about his artistic journey from Graphic Design to a career in Calligraphy...how hand lettering has taken him from the straight and narrow to a flourishing world of creative expression. Members free Non-members £3

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January 2020

The Gothic page: Blackletter, variations and Lombardic Versals with Attilio Medda

January 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aspire Centre, Southfields Community Centre
337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU United Kingdom
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£30

A workshop dedicated to the various elements that defined the layout of north-European Book of Hours between the XIV & XV century and their use: the different alphabets, their modern evolution and the Lombardic versals. Workshop Fee £25: SLLA/NLLA members £30: non-members We welcome everyone to join our workshops, but offer priority booking for our members until 8 weeks prior to the event. If you are a non-member, you can register your interest for the workshop and your place will…

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John Freestone: Letters From Foreign Parts

January 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation, The Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation
London, EC4Y 8EQ United Kingdom
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£3

John, a member of SLLA, spent his career in the Merchant Navy and in The Port of London Pilotage. During his time as Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, he was Captain of the Queen's Barge during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

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John Freestone: Letters from Foreign Parts.

January 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation, The Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation
London, EC4Y 8EQ United Kingdom
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£3

John, a member of SLLA, spent his career in the Merchant Navy and in The Port of London Pilotage. During his time as Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, he was Captain of the Queen's Barge during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. 

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February 2020

AGM & Travelling Books – Talk and Display

February 25 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation, The Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation
London, EC4Y 8EQ United Kingdom
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£3
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March 2020

Toni Watts: Gilding (two day workshop)

March 13 @ 10:00 am - March 14 @ 4:30 pm
St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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£70

During this two day workshop we will explore a variety of ways of adding gold leaf to a design, using both simple and more challenging techniques. Starting with the application of gold leaf flat to the page using a variety of traditional and modern gilding sizes, we will progress to reconstituting and laying manuscript gesso, gilding with loose leaf gold and burnishing to a high shine. Participants can expect to produce a reference page of gilding trials, discovering which method…

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Rosella Garavaglia: “Not on Paper” C A N C E L L E D

March 24 @ 7:00 pm
Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation, The Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation
London, EC4Y 8EQ United Kingdom
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£3

The social evening has been cancelled due to spread of corona virus. When approaching a passage, quotation or poem, calligraphers are faced with a number of questions, many in relation to the nature of the text and how to best express it visually. There are so many ways, many possibilities, but we know some are more appropriate than others. We start to explore techniques, different tools and materials following an idea or concept dictated by the nature of the text…

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