Exhibition pays tribute to 'giants' of graphic design

Renowned poster designers of the past century will be celebrated in a new exhibition at the Bonington Gallery.

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Celebrating Five Pioneers of the Poster will be at the Bonington Gallery

Renowned poster designers of the past century will be celebrated in a new exhibition at the Bonington Gallery.

Alan Kitching, himself a celebrated typographer, graphic designer and letterpress printmaker, is collaborating with Monotype, a leading provider of typefaces, to exhibit Celebrating Five Pioneers of the Poster.

Works by Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand will be displayed alongside works of Kitching that pay tribute to them.

The exhibition includes a selection of original typeface drawings from the Monotype archive, as well as sketches and wood type from Kitching's workshop, and other materials from the five designers' estates.

It will take place at the gallery, on Shakespeare Street, Nottingham city centre, between Saturday 19 September and Friday 23 October. Opening times are Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays 19 September and 17 October from 10 am to 3 pm.

"These five men created truly memorable posters and are regarded as fathers of modern graphic design," says Kitching. "It's been a great privilege to collaborate with Monotype to celebrate these giants of graphic design."

James Fooks-Bale, creative director at Monotype, said: "Having a living legend like Alan Kitching as a partner for this exhibition will not only bring more public attention to the legacy of these legends, but to the overall discipline of graphic design and typography."

At the same time, a separate exhibition will take place next to the gallery inside the atrium of the University's Bonington building.

Inscription: The Almshouse Tempera Project will present the work of four contemporary artists who have investigated the historical, but still active, form of social housing known as the almshouse, through the early painting medium of egg tempera.

The artists - Derek Hampson, Deborah Harty, Atsuhide Ito and Peter Suchin - will include material fragments from almshouses, inscribing both the image and the physical presence of the almshouse into the gallery.

This exhibition will be open during the same times as Celebrating Five Pioneers of the Poster.

Exhibition pays tribute to 'giants' of graphic design

Published on 14 September 2015
  • Category: Press; School of Art & Design

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