Our new online exhibition, Word as Art: Beauty in the Margins, is now open!
Writing is an essential part of everyday communication. It permeates every element of our society so that it is easy to forget its prevalence. Yet every time we put words down on a page or type them on a screen, we are creating a piece of art unique to us.
Our new online exhibition, Word as Art: Beauty in the Margins, explores the permeable borders between art and writing. We examine manuscripts, printing, textiles and objects that celebrate the way in which we have embellished the word, making it far more than just a means of communication.
In addition to items from the Library collections, the exhibition includes three pieces of art by students from the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL. Their interpretations of writing and communication demonstrate that the books, manuscripts, and letters of the past continue to inform and inspire creative practices of the present.
The inspiration for the exhibition is the Slade 150 anniversary year, celebrating fine art teaching and research since 1871.
The exhibition runs from October 2021-July 2022, with plans for a physical presence in the UCL Main Library from December 2021.
To view ‘Word as Art: Beauty in the Margins’ visit our exhibitions webpage.