Wayne Hart is an award-winning lettercutter, lettering artist and typographer based in Manchester. As one of only a handful of young carvers working in this specialist area, he is focused on maintaining this traditional craft while seeking to drive it forward with innovative ideas and modern technologies. Hart’s work is drawn and carved by hand in both stone and wood. He also works with other materials including metals, plastic and glass. His work to date includes commemorative gifts, public art projects, memorials, signage, sculpture and artwork for exhibition. The award from QEST allowed Hart to complete his formal training and without it he would have struggled to continue.
Hart set up his own studio in October 2012 following the end of his apprenticeship. His commissions to date have included the memorial to C S Lewis for Westminster Abbey, a public art project for the Maison de la Culture in Amiens, France, various private commissions and he runs a workshop for the MA Type Design students at the University of Reading. He partakes in a number of craft events and exhibitions across the country, including the recent Masters & Apprentices exhibition hosted by the Lettering Arts Centre in Snape Maltings, Suffolk. In 2013 he was awarded two prestigious awards from Craft & Design Magazine’s Selected awards: the Gold Award in Specialist Media and Craft Maker of the Year. Hart constantly develops his work and intends to grow his studio substantially to the point of international recognition.