26 Words

26 Words brings together two creative groups to explore the verbal and visual representation of language. Writers from 26 and lettering artists from Letter Exchange have collaborated to bring to life an eclectic selection of words. The works are as varied as the imaginations of the writers and artists involved: in turns thought-provoking, profound, exciting and exuberant.

The project
Writers were paired with visual artists to form 26 collaborative partnerships. Each pair randomly chose a word to represent each letter of the alphabet, by inserting a knife in a dictionary.

The result was an extraordinary collection of words from acidulate to zaffre. It’s been an exhilarating and enlightening journey in words, exploring their power to inspire our imaginations. Along the way many serendipitous discoveries have been made, leading to beautiful words and exciting visual interpretations in two and three dimensions.

You can take a glimpse behind the scenes on our creation stories page. We’ll post some of the artworks here as we get closer to the exhibition, then the full set once we’re up and running.

Latest 26 images

Disused pub in Hoxton by Andy York
Photo by Lucy Beevor
Image by Tony Linkson
Found on the island of Giglio, Italy by Chris Bird.
26 Screenshot by Lara Muth
I live at number 26, and this is my bin!  Rebecca Thomas
Captured in Venice by Elen Lewis
26-jane
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Spotted by Marin Lee at the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Spotted in Copenhagen by Helen MacKinven.
Spotted on the airfield of Tivat airport in Montenegro by Martin Lee
I took this picture in a fabulous vegan and raw food restaurant in Turin - Ezri Carlebach
Spotted in Capri by Laura Hunter
Woods near Jouqueviel, Midi-Pyrenees, 10 minutes after I had told my walking group about 26. They gave me a funny look. By David Mathews
Image by Ed Pritchard
Image by Lydia Thornley in Krakow
Spotted in Belfast by Jonathan Holt
From Christmas travels in Krakow by Lydia Thornley
Night time lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley