Current Exhibition​

A Show of Hands


Norman Rea Gallery presents ‘A Show of Hands’

Preview night: 18th November 2019, 

Running: 18th November 2019 – 6th January 2020



A Show of Hands’ celebrates one of printing’s most famous visual icons: the printer’s fist. The exhibition, curated by Tim Jollands of Bath Spa Albion, features more than 90 posters, books and related ephemera from letterpress printers from across the UK, most of which have been produced especially for this exhibition.


Each item offers a unique interpretation of the printer’s fist – humorous, colourful, playful, serious, thoughtful, or surprising.


Our launch event, on Monday 18th November, will feature talks from Graham Moss (Incline Press), Dr Holly James-Maddocks (University of York) and Professor Helen Smith (York / Thin Ice Press), and a chance to view Thin Ice Press. Refreshments will be available.


17.30 Welcome from Tim Jollands, followed by Talks from Graham Moss, Holly James-Maddocks and Helen Smith


18.30-20.00 Exhibition view, and Thin Ice Press open studio