This year’s ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Saturday, 27th October 2018 at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT
Lunch will be available at the venue from 12.30 pm, and the AGM starts at 1.45 pm. Fellows and Lay Members will receive an invitation in late summer.
We are delighted to announce that our speaker will be Dr Stella Panayotova of the Fitzwilliam Museum, with a talk entitled “Calligraphy at the Fitzwilliam Museum: from the 9th to the 21st century”.
Calligraphy at the Fitzwilliam Museum: from the 9th to the 21st century
Contemporary calligraphy is a dynamic form of art, versatile and omnivorous. It embraces a range of themes – from literature, music, ethics and philosophy to mathematics and astronomy – and responds to modern-day issues, such as faith, politics and ecology. It also draws on its own ancient and esteemed tradition. While experimenting with novel concepts, materials and techniques, modern-day scribes and illuminators are standing proudly on the shoulders of giants.
Created in 2007, the Fitzwilliam’s collection of contemporary calligraphy builds on the museum’s long-standing interest in the arts of the book. Over the last two centuries, Viscount Fitzwilliam’s founding collection of illuminated manuscripts and fine printed books, bequeathed to the University of Cambridge in 1816, has been enriched with subsequent acquisitions of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables, Private Press books, calligraphy by members of the Arts and Crafts Movement, livres d’artiste, and fine examples of contemporary typography and book design.
This lecture will introduce masterpieces by scribes and illuminators created from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and into the nineteenth century, before focusing on the Fitzwilliam’s collection of contemporary calligraphy. Treasured at the heart of an art museum, it makes ample references to the fine and decorative arts. In addition to works on paper, parchment and papyrus, the contemporary calligraphy collection encompasses a range of other media: stone, wood, glass and ceramics. One marvels at the aesthetic vision and technical skill of the contemporary scribes and illuminators who can transform a pebble into a work of art and turn glass into fluid letterforms as well as present the flat page as a 3D object of sophistication and beauty.
The lecture will conclude with an overview of research projects, exhibitions and digital resources that share the Museum’s collections with current and future generations of scribes and illuminators.
Dr Stella Panayotova