Writing 2019 International Calligraphy Symposium

exploring the linear graphic

We are delighted to announce our next international symposium will be held in the beautiful city of Vienna in Austria from Monday 15th to Friday 19th July 2019.

The Global Calligraphy Vienna (GCV) and International Research Centre for Calligraphy (IRCC, Sunderland, UK) are collaborating jointly to deliver this symposium to you.

The theme this year is the exploration of the ‘linear graphic’ or the gestures of lines. We have arranged a team of renowned calligraphers and artists.

Sigrid Artmann, Ewan Clayton, Denise Lach, Yves Leterme, Abd A. Masoud

We have also devised a range of workshops that would enlighten your approach to calligraphy. No matter what your skill level or experiences are, each workshop is tailored to enrich your calligraphic development.

Classes will finish by early afternoon to allow participants to work on their own in the calligraphy studio.

Vienna was voted recently as the most liveable city in the world. It is also the cultural centre of Austria celebrated with its numerous museums, art galleries and historic opera houses. The relaxing environment and friendly atmosphere will certainly make this symposium a memorable experience.

Abd A Mosoud, Director of GCV

Dr Manny Ling, Director of IRCC

February 2019

From the Symposium Team

Writing 2019 International Calligraphy Symposium -

The workshop fee is £530 (550 Euros).

The fee is for one person and includes the tuition of one workshop, symposium lectures, tea & coffee and lunch.

Please make your own arrangement for accommodation (see below for recommendation).

Class Size

The class size is limited to 15 students per class.

Summary of the Week

Registration Sunday 14th July 2019 at the Vienna Calligraphy Centre (see opposite)

Workshop Monday 15th July 2019 at the VHS

Workshop Tuesday 16th July 2019

Workshop Wednesday 17th July 2019 until lunch time

*Conference Wednesday 17th July 2019 from 2 to 6pm

Workshop Thursday 16th July 2019

Workshop Friday 17th July 2019

**Exhibiton Friday 17th July 2019 from 6 to 8 pm at the Vienna Calligraphy Centre

Depart Saturday 18th July 2019

* The conference will consists of a series of talks by the tutors

** The Exhibtion will consists of delegates’ work produced during the week. There will also be a

drink’s reception followed by a closing ceramony.

Level of Participants

The workshops are suitable for all levels.

Symposium Venue

The Symposium venue is called the VHS in Meidling, which is a local Adult Education Centre. The venue is situated very near to the Centre of Vienna which is only four metro stations away and the journey takes no more than 10 mins.

The workshops will take place in individual classrooms and the Symposium lectures will take place in the conference room.

In addition to the tea and coffeee provided, there are various vending machines for snacks and drinks and there is a local supermarket near by.

There is free Wi-Fi available at the venue.

We will occupy the entire building during the Symposium week. Unfortunately, due to local council regulations, the building is only available during weekdays from 9am to 6pm. We must vacate the building by 6pm each evening.

Symposium Venue Address

The full address for the Symposium venue is:

VHS Meidling, Längenfeldgasse 13-15, A -1120 Vienna – Austria

Website: To access the VHS website (in German only), please click here: https://www.vhs.at/de/e/meidling


Vienna Calligraphy Centre (VCC)

The VCC building is situated approximately 5 to 10 mins walk from the Symposium Venue

VHS. We will use this as a base for Registration on Sunday 14th July 2019 and to meet up for

light refreshments and social gatherings after the workshops in the evenings before dinner.

Spiesshammergasse 4, A112- Vienna Austria


Hotel Accommodation

There are numerous hotels near the Symposium Venue. However, we have made a special

arrangement with a good local hotel (The Sun Inn Hotel) and they have offered us a special

symposium rates, which include full Continental Buffet Breakfast.

76 Euros for a single room

97 Euros for a double room

140 Euros for a trible room

The Sun Inn Hotel is situated about 5 to 10 minutes walk to the Symposium venue. There is

a small supermarket adjacent to the hotel and the Metro station is just across the road. The

metro station name is Längenfeldgasse.

For Reservation

Please contact Ms Barbara Schützenhöfer directly at resa.schoenbrunn@starinnhotels.com

She is the hotel manager, and can make the room reservation with you. Please mention the

Symposium to get your special rates.

Sun Inn Hotel Wien Schönbrunn, by Comfort

Star Inn Hotelbetriebs GmbH

Linke Wienzeile 224/A-1150 Wien

Telephone +43(0) 1 33 66 222 - 12 207

For images of the hotel, please click here:


Getting to Vienna


For most international travellers, the nearest major airport for the Symposium is Vienna Airport.

There are taxis that could take your directly to the venue or your hotel accommodation.

A typical taxi journey will take about 20 to 30 mins and costs about 35 Euros.

There is also a direct train service available at the airport called ÖBB railjet train. Regular train tickets cost just 4,10€ and the journey takes only 15 minutes, which will take you to the Centre of Vienna.

Vienna Central Station

This major station in Vienna is located in the Favoriten district. It has links to major railway lines from the north, east, south and west.

Local Train and Subway

From the Centre of Vienna, you can take the subway to Längenfeldgasse train station (U4, Green Line). The symposium venue is about 5 to 10 mins walk from there. The Sun Hotel is situated directly across the street from the metro station.



Setting up a symposium like this is a huge undertaking both practically and financially.

There is a remote chance that we might have to cancel the symposium if we do not reach

our minimum target of delegates attending. Therefore, you should not make any travel

arrangements until after you have received the final confirmation from us by 1st May

  1. If we can reach our minimum numer of delegates earlier, we will notify you sooner.

Please follow this schedule:

  • Stage One. 9th Feb 2017

Registration for the symposium will commence on 9th February 2019 at 12:00 UK time.

All payment for bookings are made payable in British Sterling only (£).

A non-refundable deposit of £100.00 is to be paid during registration to secure your place.

Each workshop will have 15 places only and the availability will be on a first come first

served basis.

  • Stage Two. 1st April 2019

The remainder of the fees are to be paid in full by 1st May 2019 or sooner.

  • Stage Three. 1st May 2019

The symposium will only go ahead if we reach our minimum target of delegates by 1st May

2019, in the event of cancellation at that date we will refund all course fees and deposits.




How to Register

From 1st February 2019—Initial

Depost Payment

To make your initial deposit payment, please go to:

www.sunderland.ac.uk/onlone store/writing 2019

 Once we have received your deposit payment, we will notify you via email to confirm which workshop you have been allocated.

Before 1st April 2019—Final Payment

Please make payment for the remainder of the fees.

By 1st May 2019—Final Confirmation

We will confirm if the symposium is to go ahead or not. However, if we have reached our minimum target before then, we will notify you sooner.

All payments are made in British Sterling (£) only. Major Credit and Debit Cards are accepted.

For general symposium queries, please contact the Symposium Administrator, Dr Manny Ling

Email: manny.ling@sunderland.ac.uk

 For the symposium Facebook page, please click here:


 To access the Global Calligraphy Vienna website, please click here: http://www.calligraphy-vienna.org/en/


This symposium is kindly supported by:

The International Research Centre for Calligraphy

The University of Sunderland

The Global Calligraphy Vienna

The Vienna Calligraphy Centre

VHS Meidling