Letterspace is a celebration of letterform in everyday spaces, founded and curated by designer and educator, Lucy Biggs, senior lecturer at Manchester School of Art.
26 designers are currently working to create the inaugural Letterspace alphabet informed by each of their own spaces throughout the UK, America, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. The alphabet will be first presented at The Whitworth on 19th April 2018.
The alphabet will form the basis of a workshop day for 40 Key Stage 3 students from schools in the Manchester area, with the aim of inspiring the next generation to study art and design at a higher level.
Each of the 26 letters will be screen printed as a limited edition of 26 by Dan Mather Screenprint in London, with each designer selecting a bespoke ink and paper. This has been made possible by the kind and generous support of Slater Harrison, in partnership with Debbie Wigglesworth of The Paper Collaborative.
In addition, a full Letterspace alphabet, made up of 26 posters, will be auctioned at The Whitworth, with proceeds gifted to two charities; Mustard Tree in Manchester and Printed by Us in Sheffield. Remaining posters will be available to buy at The Whitworth event and online.
Letterspace has also been kindly supported by Manchester School of Art, Blush, Alphabet Brewing Company and Dalton Maag who have gifted the use of their typeface, Effra, which is present throughout the Letterspace identity.