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World Calligraphy Day 2018


After the success of the inaugural World Calligraphy Day, its back for its 2nd year. Join Manuscript Pen Company to celebrate the art of calligraphy and hand lettering in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Hosting the event, the Pen Museum welcomes Manuscript and a whole host of world renowned creative artists to celebrate calligraphy and hand lettering trends.

Explore the Pen Museum and learn about the many pen companies of Birmingham and the history of the trade starting from quills and dip pens to the modern day fountain pen. Step back in time and try your hand at creating your very own steel pen nib using traditional machinery!

Whether you are an expert, a beginner who’s just getting started or simply an admirer of beautiful writing, come and join Manuscript and your favourite artists including Modern Calligrapher Joyce Lee of Artsynibs, Lettering artist phenomenon James L Lewis, Arabic Calligraphy School, Ottoman Calligraphy, Founder of Calligraphy Arts, Jane Lappage and many more at The Pen Museum from 11am – 4pm.

Workshop Agenda: 12.30pm – 1.15pm – Modern Calligraphy for Beginners with Artsynibs

Are you inspired by the art of Modern Calligraphy and creating beautiful writing? Then join Joyce Lee of Artsynibs for this 45 minute workshop to get you started. Start with the key basics like sitting correctly and assembling your pen through to creating beautiful strokes, letters and words. By the end of the workshop you will have acquired all the skills to get started on a calligraphy journey of your own!

The Artsynibs story began when Joyce Lee left her job as an English teacher in Singapore and moved to the United Kingdom. Relocation spelt new experiences and challenges, hence beginning a journey of learning to adapt to a different environment.

Inspired by her love for calligraphy and the creative scene in Manchester, Artsynibs was conceived. To realise the dream of bringing back the beautiful art of writing, Artsynibs relies on traditions to navigate through the twenty-first century.

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1.30pm – 2.15pm – Hand Lettering Work Shop with James Lewis From street signs to movie posters and chalk boards to menus, hand lettering is everywhere and this form of art is taking the typography world by storm. Are you inspired by typography and lettering then learn from the master himself. Join James Lewis as he takes you through the basics of hand lettering exploring Sans Serif and Serif typography based on a calligraphy skeleton James uses himself!

James understands that words are your strongest communication asset. This is why he combines his love for letterforms with his graphic design skillset to craft bespoke lettering which is famous for standing out. A social media star, James’s creations are inspiring and creative and will have you picking up a pen or pencil to have a go yourself!

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2.30pm – 3.15pm – Arabic Calligraphy Workshop with Ottoman Calligraphy

Bringing you the unique opportunity to enjoy the rare experience of writing in classical 18th century Arabic ‘Islamic’ Calligraphy with Ottoman Calligraphy. The workshop will cover the basics of the ‘Naskh’ script; the technical dimensions, the sheer elegance and the amazing writing style whilst using Manuscript’s calligraphy pens and ink. Jahangir Rashid is a Graphic Designer & Artist working in London who has been studying calligraphy since 2013. His journey started with his teacher Shaykh Sulaiman Desai (Leicester) and now has taken him to Istanbul, under the personal tuition of Master, Efdaluddin Kilich, an authorised senior teacher by Hasan Celebi (Arabic Calligrapher and IRCICA lead judge). He is always active at calligraphy events, and collaborations with other artists and co-hosts the workshop on the day.

Joining Jahangir will be Ustadh’ (Teacher) Shaikh Sulaiman. Having graduated from Lahore, Pakistan, under the expert tutelage of the late Shah Sayyid Nafees, who was an Islamic calligrapher of international repute, he is now living in Leicester. Shaikh Sulaiman has been teaching Arabic Calligraphy for over 30 years and is a passionate and expert user of Manuscript’s Calligraphy Pens. Shaikh Sulaiman, is a master in Naskh, Thuluth and Ta’liq and will be leading the workshop on the day.

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Say Something Special

As part of World Calligraphy Day, Manuscript Pen Company is partnering with Birmingham Children’s Hospital to launch the ‘Say Something Special’ campaign. This will initially be a part of World Calligraphy Day but will hopefully branch into something much bigger!

The campaign encourages celebrities, journalists and business people to write a special letter to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. These can be sent to Say Something Special c/o Small Man Media, 2nd Floor, 6 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4BL.

Each individual letter will then be forwarded on to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital alongside some Manuscript product for the hospital to use for their art classes and play sessions.

If enough letters are sent, these will be on display during World Calligraphy Day at the Pen Museum.

More information is available by emailing

Get Involved Through Social Media! Stay tuned from now until World Calligraphy Day on the @ManuscriptPenCo social media feeds across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for exclusive #WCD content including top tips, video reviews and much more.

For budding calligraphers, there will be competitions and activities running across all our social media – watch out for all your favourite artists and calligraphers sharing their work!

Don’t forget to use the WCD #Hashtags!




Plus, tune into our feeds on 15th August 2018 for live coverage of our World Calligraphy Day event at The Pen Museum, Birmingham! Even if you can’t be in the West Midland’s, you can certainly stay logged-on to everything that happens on #WorldCalligraphyDay.

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The Pen Museum

The Argent Centre
60 Frederick Street

B1 3HS Birmingham GB

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