SIGNWRITING: A thriving profession

A Talk and live demonstration by Wayne Tanswell

6.30pm Thursday 1st May 2014 at The Gallery

Wayne Tanswell became a traditional sign writer the day he left school in 1980, when he accepted a lift from a sign writer who was looking for an apprentice. Plastic signs were just taking off, and he thought he was learning a dying trade. Now, more than 30 years on, he’s never been busier, and attributes his success to the fact that "People don't want the perfection of computers any more. They want to see letters with feathered edges and the texture of brush strokes."

In addition to painting signs for shops, pubs, and even Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Wayne is one of the few people in the country to teach this historic profession, which he does from his Suffolk studio. Wayne has also written three books on the subject and has travelled as far as Zambia where he hand-painted 80 signs for a Safari lodge. Last year he was exhibited at the Cambridge Art Salon, becoming the first traditional sign writer in Britain to have his work shown in a gallery.

We are fortunate and delighted that Wayne has agreed to give a demonstration of his art by using a handful of simple brushstrokes. He welcomes audience participation. He will also be talking about how the history of sign writing has turned full circle in recent years - from the days when letters were painted onto masonry, to a progression through marine plywood, plastic foam board and back to masonry. It should be an enthralling and unique evening!


The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

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