Clunky, cumbersome typewriters were once commonly referred to as the work-horses of writers and secretaries. So why do some writers still use them today? Contrasted to the sleek, minimalist computers and hand-held devices most people use for typing, the very ‘horsiness’ of the humble typewriter is what makes them so endearing. The illustrations, typographic posters and original works on paper exhibited visually respond to the intimate relationship between writers and their typewriters.

Two workshops allowed participants to reflect on the materiality of the writing process by typing on manual and electronic typewriters, as well as writing with other tools, including pens, pencils, brushes and quills.