Calligraphy exhibition and classes at Kennaway House, Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 October 2019

Simon Gray of Exeter Letterers at the Exhibition in Kennaway House, Sidmouth. Ref shs 40 19TI 2064. Picture: Terry Ife

Simon Gray of Exeter Letterers at the Exhibition in Kennaway House, Sidmouth. Ref shs 40 19TI 2064. Picture: Terry Ife

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An exhibition of calligraphy is on display at Kennaway House in Sidmouth until the end of this week.

Calligraphy Exhibition at Kennaway House in Sidmouth. Ref shs 40 19TI 2089. Picture: Terry IfeCalligraphy Exhibition at Kennaway House in Sidmouth. Ref shs 40 19TI 2089. Picture: Terry Ife

The Exeter Letterers Calligraphy Group is showing a wide variety of its members' work.

It comes as a series of calligraphy classes begins, also at Kennaway House, on Thursday, October 3.

The ancient art form is enjoying a revival lately.

Researchers have found that the practice of slow, controlled handwriting can combat anxiety and improve mental wellbeing.

Simon Gray of Exeter Letterers at the Exhibition in Kennaway House, Sidmouth. Ref shs 40 19TI 2064. Picture: Terry IfeSimon Gray of Exeter Letterers at the Exhibition in Kennaway House, Sidmouth. Ref shs 40 19TI 2064. Picture: Terry Ife

Jill Newton, from Exeter Letterers, said it is surprisingly popular among young people.

"When they get their hands on pen, ink and paper, they are hooked," she said.

"They switch off from checking their electronic devices and focus on the mindfulness of forming letters."

There will be a chance to try calligraphy at the exhibition, which is open 10am-5pm every day until Sunday, October 6, when it will close at 3pm.

Calligraphy Exhibition at Kennaway House in Sidmouth. Ref shs 40 19TI 2097. Picture: Terry IfeCalligraphy Exhibition at Kennaway House in Sidmouth. Ref shs 40 19TI 2097. Picture: Terry Ife

Visit the Kennaway House websitefor details of the calligraphy classes and the exhibition.

For more information about the Exeter Letterers, visit their Facebook page or email membership secretary Simon Gray at spgray1959@gmail.com

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