In Conversation: Alan Kitching
Panel Discussion and Q&A to launch our Performance Timeline commission, created by internationally renowned tyopgrapher and printmaker Alan Kitching.
Friday 4th February 2022
7pm - 9pm
Hall for Cornwall Green Room Café (Back Quay Entrance)
Join us for an evening blending contemporary design and heritage at Hall for Cornwall.
A Work of Art for Hall for Cornwall
Alan Kitching has created a large scale triptych for the theatre showcasing the dizzying breadth of our building’s performance history and we invite you to hear about the why, how and with what.
In his signature bold, typographic style, over 200 performances are represented from 1912 - 2018, each hand-set, coloured and printed using wooden type from Alan’s studio. The panels measure 1.5 x 1.5m and can be read as a chronological timeline left to right across our Green Room Café.
The three works also invite the viewer in for a closer, more intimate look at the building’s history. We challenge any fan of the theatre NOT to be able to pick out a performance that they remember fondly!
History Repeating Itself
Printed onto wallpaper to represent the layering posters found backstage during the building’s transformation into the Hall for Cornwall during the 1990s, each performance is conveyed with wit and reference to the character of the performance.
What makes Alan’s work for us so special is the wooden type used to create our timeline. Why? Because it has appeared in our theatre before!
Between the 1950s -1960s, City Hall often used G & M Organ Theatrical Printers to create its handbills and posters advertising performances. And who bought up the entirety of the type (The Wrington Press) when the printers sold it in the 1990s? It was Alan, along with his late wife Celia Stothard.
Hear about this incredible link and much more.
Alan Kitching and the panel will discuss highlights from his career which spans more than six decades.
This is an evening for design-lovers, typography buffs and a chance to hear more about creating the Performance Timeline for our theatre.
In addition to the talk, we are lucky enough to have a sneak preview of the forthcoming documentary made to celebrate Alan’s 80th year, showcasing our Performance Timeline being made during Winter 2020 / Spring 2021.
Alan’s clients include the The Guardian, BBC, English Heritage, Transport for London, Royal Mail, National Theatre, Royal College of Art, Kew Gardens, Saatchi & Saatchi, Tate, Clarks and D&AD among a great many others.
Alan Kitching will be joined on the panel by three leading creatives working across the diverse design communities of Cornwall and beyond;
Ed Gill, Associate Professor and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Falmouth University. Ed is a graphic designer, illustrator, artist and writer. Ed has created artwork for Mo Wax Records, produced adverts for IKEA, Sony and Innocent drinks as well as directing videos for The Divine Comedy, VV Brown and The Beta Band.
Dr Amy Goodwin, Signwriter & Fairground Artist. Amy has worked extensively with Giffords Circus and works entirely by hand. She lectures on the BA Illustration courses at University of Plymouth and University of Bournemouth. Amy is a Trustee of the Fairground Heritage Trust.
Emily Juniper is the owner of Juniper Bespoke bindery, typographer, writer and artist. Emily creates work for clients, actors and produces work for theatres as part of The Faction ensemble. Emily will be running a workshop at CAST as part of their Saturday Art Club on 5th February inspired by Alan’s Performance Timeline.
Our In Conversation series has been made possible thanks to a generous award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.