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When In Rome


WHEN IN ROME ...” Exhibition at Corinium Museum, Cirencester

From 14 February – 15 March 2015

Gloucestershire Lettering Arts are presenting a calligraphy exhibition “When in Rome ...” at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester. The museum itself is devoted to things Roman and the calligraphers will take this theme and add a twist of personal interpretation.

During the exhibition we are delighted to also display contemporary work done in response to the Lindisfarne Gospels in 2013 by just over 200 contributors from around the UK, including 6 from GLA, and some from Japan and Portugal.

The calligraphers were asked by the International Research Centre for Calligraphy at the University of Sunderland to contribute original work in a fusion of styles to bring together old and new, with a balance of planned direction and freedom to use their own skills and enjoy making the book together. And this was achieved in a remarkably short period.

The finished pages were displayed in the Cathedral during the Writing 2013 Calligraphy Symposium at Durham while the original Lindisfarne Gospels were exhibited there. These pages were later bound in 4 volumes, called “Letters after Lindisfarne”, and presented to Durham Cathedral Library to be used as a lasting educational resource alongside their medieval manuscripts.

The 4 volumes are loaned out from time to time and they are coming to Cirencester, to the Corinium Museum at the request of Gloucestershire Lettering Arts. GLA will display these during their exhibition “When in Rome...” from St Valentine's Day (14 Feb) to the Ides of March (15 Mar). The volumes will be out of the display case for closer viewing on the Mondays, Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays and Saturdays during the exhibition period.

Come and see what the modern calligraphers have achieved, taking the medieval manuscripts of the Lindisfarne Gospels as their inspiration for the books and the Roman theme for the exhibition.