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TPF School of Traditional Arts Lecture: A Conversation Between Calligraphers

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Avielah Barclay and Joumana Medlej are both deeply engaged in the Art of the Book. Their respective practices as Hebrew scribe and Arabic calligrapher require exceptional skill, embracing not only the technical mastery of a script, but a profound understanding of the scribe’s materials.

Their practical skills, as well as extensive knowledge of historical texts, offer unique glimpses into this traditional art. The evening’s presentation will touch on the global nature of the medieval world, the dynamic exchange among scribal cultures, and how their own work is a living extension of this ancient tradition. They will discuss what each tradition learned from its neighbours – how different materials and techniques were incorporated or dismissed as different scribal traditions and religious identities engaged with them. They will also discuss what we can discern about the calligraphers’ and scribes’ state of mind by what is visible on the page.


All are welcome to attend.

You must be aged 18 or over to participate in our online programmes.

This session will take place on Zoom, an online meeting platform.

You will receive your Zoom meeting details and joining instructions once you have completed your booking.



The Prince’s Foundation