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With a compelling cast of characters on the stage and workshop leaders imparting wisdom, ATypI is a haven for those seeking typographic enlightenment and community. But the conference also offers a vast array of visual delights and experimentation on the fly. Venture into our typographic wonderland of the past and present, with a glimpse or two into the future. Throughout the Arenberg Theater, you’ll find exhibits of type and design from around the world. Save room in your luggage for treasures offered by booksellers, letterpress printers, designers, and more. There are multiple exhibitions and other wonderful things of interest to ATypI attendees throughout the city. Follow us online for news and events about everything awesome in Antwerp.


Granshan Non-Latin Type Exhibition

Where? Arenberg Theater

Granshan is an exceptional channel for identifying outstanding typefaces for global audiences, serving as a reference point for innovation in multiscript design. By celebrating the diversity and richness of the typographic scripts underpinnig global communication, empowering communities, and enabling identity, the Granshan Competition covers a growing range of scripts for communities on a global scale—from the most widely used scripts to those in use by small communities and scripts under threat of extinction. In exhibiting the annual winners’ typefaces around the world, the idea of Granshan spreads widely.


64th Annual Exhibition of the Type Directors Club

Where? Arenberg Theater

A snapshot of the world’s best typography will be on display at the Arenberg Theater in an exhibition featuring the winning work of the Type Director Club’s 64th Annual Communications Design and 2018 Typeface Design competitions. This year’s juried exhibition includes hundreds of works that feature typography in a wide range of categories, including books, posters, corporate branding, logos, web graphics, film and TV titles, products, and magazines. Professional and student communications design work from many countries will be showcased, including the United States, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the People’s Republic of China, South Korea, and others. 


Rite de Passage'

Where? Hofstraat 15, Antwerp.

When? Opening Thursday 13th September at 20.30h. Wvery day 10:00-17:00

READSEARCH — PXL-MAD (Media, Arts, Design) School of Arts / Hasselt University — cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition Rite de Passage', Thursday 13th September at 20.30h, as part of the ‘Gast Programme’ at ‘Fameus’. Hofstraat 15, Antwerp.

‘Rite de Passage' features typographic work from students who are following or followed (typo)graphic education in Hasselt. The exhibition shows: a) typefaces designed by bachelor and master students from the past 12 years at PXL-MAD School of Arts (under the supervision of Ann Bessemans and her READSEARCH colleagues); b) a set of splendid typographical artifacts created by students under the supervision of the Graphic teachers.
Beside, Rite de passage is also offering a platform to: a) alumni who would like to exhibit more of their typographic work; b) our student Kenneth Vanoverbeke who received a TDC scholarship (2018); c) the work of Jos Geusens (former student of Kristoffel Boudens) a Belgian stone letter-carver who gives workshops in Hoepertingen.

On the 13th of September READSEARCH gives you the opportunity to experience a legibility study from 21:00 – 22:30.
We look forward to meeting you during ‘Rite de Passage’.
(Typo)Graphic Teachers: Ann Bessemans, Geoffrey Brusatto, Tom Lambeens, María Pérez, Maarten Renckens, Luc Rerren, Monique Rutten, Johan Vandebosch en Katleen Verjans.


In Plantin’s footsteps: Exhibition of the Expert class Type design

Where? Kruiswegkapel, Sint-Pauluskerk, corner of Veemarkt and Zwartzustersstraat, Antwerp.

When? Opening ExhibitionThursday, September 13, at 8:00 pm

Timing: September 10 through October 26, 2018

Daily from 14:00 to 17:00 pm

You are invited to join us and have a drink to celebrate the opening of this exhibition.

Please rsvp the number of guests by email to:

The Expert class Type design is an intensive one year course in type design and typography, taking place at the Plantin Institute of Typography in Antwerp. The most recent Expert class Type design was held November 2017–July 2018.

The collective student work featured in this exhibition is the result of in-depth research on Renaissance type design, utilizing the invaluable collection of the Museum Plantin-Moretus. The original steel punches and copper matrices of the Flemish punchcutter Hendrik van den Keere (1540–1580) were analyzed during the course. This collective effort resulted in a new digital typeface—a revival—which required an extensive exchange of ideas, opinions, and technical know-how between the students, often through closed groups on social media.


Helmut Salden (1910–1996): A Prolific Lettering Artist

Where? Catapult, Project Space Kades Kaden Rubenslei 10, 2018 Antwerp (B).

When? September 10 through December 11, 2018

Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sign up for free tours at the registration desk. See special events page for details.

As a designer of book covers and a typographer, Helmut Salden worked for more than 70 publishing houses. His books received many awards—more than 100 of them were amongst the best-designed books in the Netherlands. Later in his life, Salden concentrated on designing monograms and experimented with hundreds of letter combinations. The completion of the conservation of the archive of this prolific artist earlier this year serves as an excellent opportunity to show many original drawings of lettering, book covers, and monograms spanning a period of more than 50 years.

This exhibition is a cooperation between House of the book (a joint initiative of KB | National Library of the Netherlands and Museum Meermanno) and Catapult.