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Covid 19 – Changes to CLAS Festival 2021

Due to the UK Government Regulations concerning international travel, we are no longer able to welcome Monica Dengo from Italy and Marina Soria from Argentina to CLAS Festival 2021. This is a great sadness for delegates and fellow tutors who were so looking forward to meeting and working with these two world renown calligraphers.

We are very fortunate to have two top UK calligraphers stepping up as replacements.

Firstly, Mary Noble, a Fellow of CLAS and SSI. Mary trained as a graphic designer and loves teaching. She has written several calligraphy books and will be testing us with Riotous Rustics and Capital Offences.


Secondly, Cherrell Avery, another Fellow of CLAS and SSI. Cherrell was Calligrapher in Residence at the V&A and also worked for the British Library and Royal Academy. Her themes are around Gustav Klimt’s “Art is a line around your thoughts” and Paul Klee’s “Colour and I are one”. The workshops are outlined by Cherrell below: 

Inspiration & Distillation                                                                         

Explore the world of the artist and distill some design magic into your calligraphy.

Where do we get inspiration from in our designs? Manuscripts or contemporary calligraphy perhaps? But what if we start from a different perspective altogether?  What if we delve into the world of the artist and see what we can learn? After all, we all make ‘pictures’ with words or letters in our work.

These experimental workshops, taken together or separately, will guide you on a gallery tour with a difference, leading to new creative options to enrich your calligraphy. With an open approach and a sense of adventure, discover what inspires you personally and distil this into new ways of working with text.


We still have places available in all workshops and plenty of time to apply!

Click Here to download more information on the new sessions available. 

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 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.

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