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A Letterpress Legacy: Book Arts Workshop Exhibition


Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:30am–5:00pm
Tue 29 Nov 2016, 8:30am–5:00pm
Wed 30 Nov 2016, 8:30am–5:00pm
Thu 1 Dec 2016, 8:30am–5:00pm
Fri 2 Dec 2016, 8:30am–5:00pm

Where: University of Otago Library, 65 Albany St, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

To celebrate the University of Otago’s association with Dartmouth College through the Matariki Network, this Otago-based exhibition: A Letterpress Legacy. The Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop highlights a small selection of materials borrowed from Dartmouth’s Books Arts Workshop and Rauner Special Collections Library.

In 2015, Dartmouth College celebrated the 25th anniversary of their Book Arts Workshop with an exhibition entitled: ‘The Secret Revealed. The Books Arts Workshop at 25 Years’. This exhibition showcased a selection of print and book arts materials produced by students and staff at Dartmouth over the years.

In 1936, Ray Nash (1905-1982), an American graphic-arts historian and calligraphy expert, established a hand press in the Baker Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. The Graphic Arts Workshop, as it was called, with the imprint of The Baker Library Press, ran for some 25 years. Teaching, instruction and discussion were all part of the print programme.

In 1989, three Nash students - Mark Lansburgh, Roderick D. Stinehour, and Edward Connery Lathem, re-established the Workshop, which continues today. This initiative was aided by the kindness of the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment which not only provided funding to re-establish the workshop in the Baker Library but also the support for a Fellow in the Book Arts. Today the workshop provides students with access to a letterpress studio and a bookbinding studio.

There they can mix inks, create posters and cards, and learn how to set type and binding. In the spirit of Nash and his students, the Workshop is open to all Dartmouth students after they complete an orientation session. Sarah M. Smith, Manager, and Instructors Won K. Chung, Robert Metzler, and Deborah Howe are all available to assist the learning process.

The Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) is an international group of seven universities that focuses on strong links between research and undergraduate teaching. Alongside the University of Otago, the other six are Durham University; Queen’s University; University of Tübingen; University of Western Australia; Uppsala University; and Dartmouth College.

Image caption: Woodblock from the Dartmouth Book Arts Workshop, showing one of the buildings from the College.

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