Fans celebrated the popular writing style online on 15 August for the second World Calligraphy Day, while record numbers of visitors flocked to Birmingham’s Pen Museum, attracted by the activities held there throughout the day.
Well-known calligraphers held workshops that were fully booked weeks in advance. Seven artists displayed their masterful calligraphy work at the museum for visitors to admire.
Outside of World Calligraphy Day’s central hub in Birmingham, Manuscript Pen Company had organised a variety of associated events. John Lewis, Ryman and Cass Art all ran in-store demos of the unique writing style, and plenty more got involved online. The hashtag #WorldCalligraphyDay reached over 100,000 people.
Manuscript had also partnered with Birmingham Children’s Hospital to encourage people from across the globe to put pen to paper to ‘Say Something Special.’ Artwork arrived from around the world, including India, Canada, Belarus and Australia, while local West Midlands celebrities and politicians tried their hand at calligraphy, including Nick Owen, Des Coleman, Joan Armatrading, Andrew Mitchell MP and Andy Street.
Wolverhampton-based school St Edmund’s Academy were drafted in to take part. A Manuscript staff member headed to the school to run a calligraphy lesson for the youngsters, and sent their letters to the hospital.
Charlie Stockbridge, managing director of Manuscript Pen Company said: “Manuscript and World Calligraphy Day has come a long way since the event’s debut in 2017.
“This year saw more people get involved, more events taking place and the message of putting pen to paper spreading further than ever.
“We won’t be resting on our laurels – we’re already planning to make 2019 World Calligraphy Day bigger and better!”