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Cultural Exchanges 2017

6th March 2017

We were delighted to work with De Montfort University on two of their Cultural Exchanges Lectures this year.

On Monday 27 February we welcomed acclaimed artist and printmaker Emma Stibbon to Leicester to talk about her beautiful prints and drawings. In a lecture organised by Ruth Sumner, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at DMU and held at the Clephan Building on campus, Emma spoke about her about her fascinating field trips including visits to Antartica, the US and Berlin. Emma was interviewed by LPW Studio Worker Theo Miller and together they explored her practice, how she approached making work and how her extensive travels inspire her.

Emma is represented by the Alan Cristea Gallery in London and has a solo show opening later this year. She is also an active Royal Academician and a member of Spike Print Studio in Bristol.

On Tuesday 28 February we welcomed author, broadcaster and journalist Mark Ovenden to our studio to talk about his new book Johnston and Gill, Very British Types. Mark’s run through of 20th century sans serif types provided an entertaining review of the development of type and its commercial use through the development of the Underground, overground railway services and through two World Wars. Mark was invited to Leicester by Ben Archer, Course Leader for the BA(Hons) in Communication Arts at DMU. Ben also sourced some wonderful goody bags from Monotype.

Mark was filmed by Splitpea Productions who are making a documentary for BBC 4 about type that will be screened in the Autumn.

This is the fourth year we have worked with DMU on their Cultural Exchanges lecture series and we would like to thank everyone involved, Ruth and Ben as well as Kezia, Jenny, Mia and Tony from the Cultural Exchanges team.

Top: Theo Miller and Emma Stibbon at DMU
Left: Mark Ovenden at LPW, photographed by David Weight