THE writing is on the wall at the University of Sunderland as nearly £24,000 of calligraphy artwork is on display.

Martin Luther-King, John Steinbeck and Nelson Mandela are just some of those to have inspired more than 20 professional artists whose work is on display as part of the Words Set Free Exhibition, in the University of Sunderland’s Design Centre.

The exhibition’s theme is Freedom of Speech and hopes to highlight how words, stories and opinions can be delivered in numerous ways, including written, carved and drawn and can alter people’s perceptions.

World renowned calligraphy artist, Dr Manny Ling, a senior lecturer and Director of the International Research Centre for Calligraphy at the University, said: “The exciting and eclectic mix of letterforms and materials on display represents a cross-section of the professional lettering artists within the organisation from typographers and font designers to calligraphers and letter cutters. It is great for the University to be able to showcase such a vast array of talent.”

The Exhibition is free and open Monday to Friday between 9:30am and 5pm until Wednesday February 20.