Typography as art exhibition opens in Shoreditch district of Hackney

Andy Dewhurst
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For those that see fonts as more than just newsprint, a new exhibition has opened in the Shoreditch district of Hackney, Greater London.

Trapped in Zone One is presenting the exhibition, which is titled Just Type, and describes it as “a showcase for all things type”.

The exhibition features new works from

six artists— Mr. Cenz, Boogie SML, Tarwane, Aches, Millsnic, and Mr. Christa—all of which have a long-standing relationship with various forms of custom lettering.

Of the work on display, some are clearly artistic renditions of custom lettering, while others are more inclined towards street art and not so clearly recognisable as lettering. If you find the artwork a little expensive to buy, you’ll find affordable coffee at the street-front café, as well as pastries, sandwiches, slices, and other hot drinks. Event organiser Trapped in Zone One is also launching a time-limited range of T-shirts based on typography designs from some of the artists.

The exhibition is set to run until the 9th of June. Entry is free and the exhibition is open weekdays from 8am to 5pm and weekends from 11am to 6pm. It can be found not far from Brick Lane at the upper section of Hanbury Hall, which has a history dating back to 1719. It was originally built as a chapel, but it has hosted various congregations of East London over the years. It was also frequently used by Dickens for public readings of his work in the nineteenth century.

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