Meet the Signwriters! Saturday 8 December, 2–5pm, FREE, drop in

Meet the Signwriters!
Saturday 8 December
2–5pm, FREE, drop in

To celebrate the launch of PLACE’s Signs of our Times exhibition and website, we’re inviting you to meet our project participants and some of the master signwriters we’ve been working with throughout the programme.

Come on down, whether you’d like to create your own Christmas cards, try your hand at some small-scale signwriting or watch demonstrations by members of our group. We’ll have mince pies and warming drinks on the go!

This project is made possible through funding from Heritage Lottery Fund.​

Exhibition launch: Signs of our Time, Thursday 6 December, ​6-8pm

‘Hello’, John McCandless, September 2018


Exhibition launch: Signs of our Time
Thursday 6 December

Join us for the launch of an exhibition celebrating our most recent project, Signs of our Time. Tracing the history of signwriting in Belfast over its venerable history, we’ll be viewing the medium through a lens of class, community and commerce. Project participants will display a range of material gathered and produced over the 12-week programme, including sketches, photographs and examples of handpainted signage that they have produced. Time-lapse film and audio recordings featuring master signpainters will also chart the development, decline and subsequent resurgence of the medium in recent years. Join us for mince pies and liquid refreshment for Late Night Art from 6pm.

You can also follow the project and submit images via Instagram and Twitter. You can read more about the project on the PLACE website here. ​This project is made possible through funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and support from Ulster University.

Typeface & Tradition – The History of Belfast’s Handwritten Signage

Wednesday 12 September 2018, 6pm – 7pm

Marking the launch of PLACE’s new Signs of our Time programme, this illustrated talk by Jill Spratt (Course Director of BDes Hons Graphic Design and Illustration, Ulster University) shares her research on the historic, theoretical and practical development of the medium in the city.

Jill was joined in conversation by John McCandless, a traditional signwriter, who will introduce his craft and how the context and demand for it have changed through the years. 

You can view Jill’s presentation by clicking HERE.