Art in Action PRESS RELEASE April 2009

Calligraphy and Illustration

Calligraphy and Lettering are art forms in which the artists express themselves through the medium of the written word. As old as civilisation itself, these art forms still remain relevant in an increasingly digital world. This section at Art in Action brings together artists from different countries and cultures to show how, no matter which material is chosen, the word, in all its visual glory, has an immediacy and mystery beyond just its form.

This year we are delighted to welcome back Paul Antonio who was so popular in 2008. He will be demonstrating a wide range of calligraphic scripts from historical to modern as well as non-English scripts including ancient Egyptian cursive hieroglyphs. Paul grew up in Trinidad and has worked for a wide range of organisations and companies including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, GUCCI, Yves Saint Laurent and Burberry.

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Paul Antonio

Rosella Garavaglia is an artist who works on a wide range of calligraphy and lettering projects and her main interest is to explore the expressive potential of the written word through various media and writing implements. At Art in Action she will be demonstrating writing with the square edge brush and the pointed brush on cloth or paper using gouache and inks.

Lin Kerr works with a Sacred Geometry theme and builds up layers of fine paper and calligraphic lettering within a mathematical structure. She was born in South Africa and also works with African imagery, more recently developing "an African style of lettering".

Celia Lister lives and works in Cornwall, her personal creative journey is the expressive qualities of text, colour and illustration, from traditional calligraphy to contemporary calligraphic lettering. She will be demonstrating colourful contemporary calligraphy at Art in Action using a variety of pens and inks.

Dr Manny Ling is a world renowned western calligrapher who will be demonstrating his craft as well as assisting in trying their hand on his ‘Calligraphy is Fun!’ table where visitors can have a go at writing calligraphy or to explore the many different writing implements that Manny uses for his work.

Illustration is about communicating ideas visually. It can bring clarity to an idea or text, enliven it, complement and enhance it. At its best, it adds an extra ingredient or magic to the words, showing what the text might imply but not say. The artists in the Illustration section demonstrate this, showing that illustration can take many forms.

We welcome back two illustrators from last year, Paul Cox and Hannah McVicar. Paul Cox studied illustration at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He works as an illustrator and painter and has completed an extraordinary number and variety of projects. He is particularly well known for his work in publications like The Telegraph, Country Life, the Spectator, The Times, Punch, Vanity Fair and Esquire – to name a few.

Hannah grew up on an organic herb farm and has combined this with her passion for drawing to create beautiful floral illustrations that feature regularly in the Guardian. She only graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2004 but has already undertaken assignments for Abercrombie and Fitch, Royal Worcester and The Times. At Art in Action she will be demonstrating how she uses screenprinting to create her decorative illustrations.

Polly Dunbar is a children’s book author and illustrator, who published her first two books when she was sixteen, and who will be drawing and painting her favourite characters.

Jackie Morris will be sketching and painting in watercolour as well as using gold leaf. Jackie worked for a number of magazines and publishers including The New Statesman, New Socialist, Independent, Guardian and Radio Times before ‘falling by accident’ into children’s books. She has also created designs for Ted Hughes, Terry Pratchett, Greenpeace and Amnesty International.

General Information

The first Art in Action took place in 1977, featuring around 50 artists. Since then it has grown significantly and is now an annual pilgrimage for anyone interested in the visual arts. Visitors can learn or buy from the 150 artists and craftsmen who recreate their studios in one of the many Art in Action marquees and demonstrate their expertise in Painting, Sculpture, Drawing and Printmaking, Ceramics, Calligraphy and Illustration, Glass, Metalwork and Jewellery, Nature in Art, Textiles, Woodwork and (new this year) Mexican Arts. At Waterperry, visitors can also learn new creative skills at practical classes set up separately for both children and adults and run by some of the Uk’s most prestigious art colleges including University of the Arts (Wimbledon, Chelsea, & Camberwell Colleges of Art) and the Prince’s School of Traditional Art. Following a class, enthusiasts can purchase art materials and publications to take home and “get started†or just browse the Craft Market where more than 100 designer-makers sell quality goods.

In addition, Art in Action offers fine music, performing artists and storytelling for children. There are lectures organised by NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) in Asian Textiles, Exotic Woods and Furniture, Victorian Art and Glass and Early English pottery. There are guided tours of the beautiful Waterperry gardens and also of the exquisite frescoes on the walls of Waterperry House that were completed in 2006 - a 10-year project. There is also a wide range of refreshments: cream teas from the Pear Tree Restaurant, a good selection of wines, champagne and Pimm’s served on the lawn in front of the house and numerous organic and artisan food stalls throughout the site. Art in Action is truly a celebration of creativity as well as a great day out. People come year after year – often, they say, as much for the atmosphere as for the works on show.


Event details
Venue: Art in Action
Waterperry House, Near Wheatley
Tel: 020 7381 3192
Date/time: 16-19 July 2009, open 10am-5.30pm daily
Tickets: Adults £15 (Booked online £14.00)
Senior citizens £12 (Booked online £11.00)
Concessions £7 (Booked online £6.00)
Child (9-17 years) £5 (Booked online £4.00)
Under-9s free
Family and season tickets available