Keynote Speaker

Every year Write On Calligraphers invites an accomplished calligrapher to be the keynote speaker at Letters of Joy. The keynote speaker gives a lecture Friday night and teaches a class on Saturday in all three sessions for most of the attendees to learn his or her style.

Letters of Joy 2019

Gemma Black was our featured speaker for LOJ2019.

Gemma is an artist, teacher and calligraphic-designer from Tasmania, Australia. She received a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to study in Europe and is an Honoured Fellow and Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, UK.

Gemma runs a successful studio practice and teaches for art, calligraphy, bookbinding and craft organizations across Australia. Gemma has also joined the faculty at international lettering-art conferences in Italy, Germany, the USA, Canada, Sweden and the UK. Her work is housed in private and public collections and is also represented in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, the European Parliament, Letterform Archive San Francisco and Parliament House Canberra. Her major works for the Commonwealth Government include the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous People, the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians, the Former Child Migrants and the National Apology for Forced Adoption. A fourth manuscript, National Apology to Victims & Survivors of Institutional Sexual Abuse, has just been completed.

Gemma is a dynamic and informative teacher.