The Calligraphy Society of South Australia (CSSA) has been active since
1983 and aims to promote calligraphy and related arts such as book binding, illumination, lettering, flourishing and much
more to the Adelaidiean community.
On December 16, 1983 a meeting was held in the library of the South Australian Collage of Advanced Education. The meeting was attended by about a dozen people who being of like mind resolved to "form the Calligraphy Society of South Australia" with Frank Caspers elected as Chairman, Roland Eime as Secretary/Treasurer and Ruth Venner, Don Hatcher, and Kevin Keeler as Committee Members.
The general tone of the Society was set by the last item on the agenda of our inaugural meeting "conversation and coffee", a tradition which continues to this day and does much to preserve and promote the friendly character of the Society.
Here are some examples of the works on display at our recent exhibition
In addition, some of our members gave demonstrations to interested onlookers.
PORT ADELAIDE ENFIELD COUNCIL GRANT
In January 2021 The Calligraphy Society of South Australia received a COVID 19 Response Grant to enable the purchase of a Document Camera and Data Projector. These items have made it possible for the Society to meet face to face for the Annual General Meeting in February and for subsequent monthly meetings and workshops. Social distancing is ensured through tutors teaching via the camera, computer, and projection onto a wall screen. A booking system for meetings has been introduced and is successfully supporting COVID appropriate attendance at workshops. Remote members can join us via Zoom.
The Calligraphy Society thanks the Port Adelaide Enfield Council for their generous support.
And now a word from our sponsors...
Port Adelaide Enfield Council kindly sponsored the Calligraphy Society of South Australia with a COVID Safe Response Grant. As you are all aware we received $2000 towards our new technology of Document Camera and Data Projector to enable us to meet this year.
We meet within the Council District of Port Adelaide Enfield and quite a number of you live in this area.
But did you know a lot happens in this council area? Visit the Port Adelaide Enfield website to find out more,, – or just go exploring.
There are an amazing number of events that happen in Port Adelaide Enfield as well. Lots for history buffs and classes on various subjects, including the arts. Visitto find out more.
And then there’s the SA Maritime Museum, National Railway Museum, SA Aviation Museum and the Port Adelaide Historical Museum.
Just in case you don’t have enough art gear there is also an Art Shop with a range of things that you might not find elsewhere.
The sign on the Masonic Building in Port Adelaide shows someone has a sense of lettering!
Our next meeting is coming up soon - Sunday 22nd August at North East Community House, 1:15-4pm. It will be a general meeting followed by several different activities, including a BOOK SALE of library items that will no longer be included in our collection. We'll also be looking at:
Calligraphy Materials: How long will your work last?
A discussion about the lightfastness of some of the media we use.
The Australian Society of Calligraphers New Certificate Course
Anne Taylor will present information about this new Australian venture.
Your time for Show and Tell – warts and all!
This is your opportunity to bring along some of your current work and/or practice sheets to
show each other. We will have tables set up for everyone to put their work on and we will all
be able to walk around and admire each others’ achievements. You will have the opportunity
to ask for advice if you wish to or just enjoy positive comments from your fellow calligraphers.
We all need a bit of encouragement at times so don’t be shy about your work and we all love
to see and learn from each other.
Bookings will open Monday 9th through Vanessa as usual. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please note that due to current Covid regulations masks must be worn for our meetings, thanks.