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CLAS Festival 2021


CLAS Festival of Calligraphy is an unforgettable week of new calligraphic experiences. This is a yearly event, usually held in August, with 80 spaces on up to 5 simultaneous workshops. 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 have secured an exciting group of national and international tutors for 2021, and a great new venue which promises a suitable level of hospitality and comfort for us.

The event will now take place from the 15th– 21st August 2021 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 there, as this is the first time they have experienced close contact with the world’s finest calligraphers!

We are bringing you Marina Soria from Argentina, an experimental calligrapher who blends many art forms challenging the limits of concept and technique. Monica Dengo from Italy will be concentrating on the art of writing with various instruments. We have Mark L’Argent teaching us cut lettering and embossing along with inventive letters and Rachel Yallop, another home grown calligrapher who takes us through abstract design and the art of the ruling pen and its family of instruments.

Marina Soria – www.marinasoria.com.ar

Monica Dengo – www.monicadengo.com  www.scritturacorsiva.it

Mark L’Argent – www.largent-art.co.uk

Rachel Yallop – www.rachelyallop.co.uk 

Please take a look at the websites and enjoy what’s in store for us this year.

CLAS Festival 27 The Arden Conference Centre, University of Warwick, Kirby Corner Road, Coventry CV4 8AH

Download a Brochure 

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.

2021 Festival of Calligraphy Application Form 

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 2021.


Covid 19

We are planning to go ahead with the Festival as stated, but please note that information given about Festival may change.

We appreciate your patience in these unprecedented times as it is difficult to judge what the social landscape will look like later this  year. We aim to retain the stated venue, and the price stated. Further information will be given as soon as it is finalised.

You are requested to register your interest as usual so that planning can conclude on what we are very hopeful will be a great Festival. Full refunds will be given for deposits made if at a later stage a change is proposed to location or price that isn’t acceptable to any individual who has booked a place.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you.

Lou Goolnik and Clare Ruck.

CLAS Festival 2021 Directors