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CLAS Festival 2023

CLAS Festival of Calligraphy is an unforgettable week of new calligraphic experiences. This is a yearly event, usually held in August, with 80 spaces and 5 simultaneous workshops running daily.

World class tutors teach a variety of courses in lettering and associated arts.

It is a joy to spend the week immersed in this special world with such wonderful practitioners as fellow delegates; some with lifelong knowledge, others coming for the first time but able to dive in and soak it all up in a great atmosphere. It is also a place to meet like-minded people and make new friends. And, it is FUN!

We are especially pleased to bring you an exciting group of national and international tutors for 2023, and a great venue which gives us a really good level of hospitality and comfort.

The event will take place from the 13th– 19th August 2023 at the Scarman Conference Centre at Warwick University.

This location is easy to get to by private and public transport and is close to Birmingham Airport for our international delegates. The Scarman Centre is looking forward to hosting CLAS again in 2023 and to continuing their experience of close contact with the world’s finest calligraphers!

Gemma Black, the Australian lettering artist, will show us how to expand on our comfortable ideas of what we do as calligraphers to react, respond, flow, as well as moving forward to develop your own hand based on “O” and the tools to achieve that.

Josie Brown our own British calligrapher will be show us the lovely Cross Structure Binding using gorgeous paper and also Minuskilian a recently developed lower case script based on a set of Hermann Kilian’s uniquely tensioned capitals.  

Lieve Cornil from Belgium who we met last year will bring Square Capitals with a Twist using this beautiful historical script to make variations by turning and twisting the pen while Rivers and Tides will develop new ways of line and letter making. 

Marina Soria from Argentina brings her beautiful Calligraphy in Blossom with a cola pen, and Inner Garden Letters creating original and unique alphabets from the study of nature.

Monica Dengo from Italy will explore Mark Making: Art as a Necessity exploring the scribble within or basic marks made spontaneously as children then exploring Shapes for the Imagination and combining them into a lovely book. 

Please take a look at the websites and links and enjoy what’s in store for us in 2023






CLAS Festival 28. Scarman Conference Centre, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry CV4 7SH

Download the Brochure –

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For information on available spaces – contact festival@clas.co.uk

Please email your completed form with your payment to festival@clas.co.uk

CLAS members’ fees are discounted by £40.

Festival of Calligraphy payment page

Please note, we cannot process applications without the deposit, and the full payment where a late application is made after 1 May 2023.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you.

Lou Goolnik and Charm Brown

CLAS Festival 2023 Directors