World Calligraphy Day was heralded a success after Manuscript Pen Company celebrated the art of beautiful writing at The Pen Museum in Birmingham. The British stationery experts ran the event for the second consecutive year and saw record numbers of visitors flock to the attraction to get creative on the 15th August.
A trio of workshops by popular calligraphers were fully booked weeks in advance whilst a selection of seven artists were displaying their creativity. Throughout the day, Manuscript were joined by local BBC Radio and Television stations which saw the celebrations bookended by an hour’s radio phone-in and a news segment on Midlands Today.
Whilst a selection of keen Midlands’ creatives were flocking to the second city, further events were happening throughout the United Kingdom – organised by Manuscript.
John Lewis, Ryman and Cass Art all ran in-store demos of the unique writing style whilst plenty more got involved online – seeing the hashtag #WorldCalligraphyDay reach over 100,000 people.
Alongside people putting to pen on the day, Manuscript partnered with Birmingham Children’s Hospital to encourage people from across the globe to put pen to paper to Say Something Special.
Artwork was sent from all corners of the globe including India, Canada, Belarus, and Australia whilst 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 with a representative of Manuscript heading to the school to run a calligraphy lesson for the youngsters, with their letters heading 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.”