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Women at Work

Margaret Calvert (1936 - )

Screenprint

2018

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: storage
    Margaret Calvert (born 1936) is best known for designing – together with Jock Kinneir (1917–1994) – the UK road signage system, which came into effect on 1 January 1965 and is still in place today. Calvert's iconic ‘Man at Work’ road sign provided the starting point for her painting ‘Woman at Work’, created in 2008. This 16-colour screen print, Woman at Work’, 2018, is a meticulous translation of the painting in collaboration with Jealous Print Studio.

    Prior to Calvert and Kinneir’s designs, there was no unified signage system in the UK, which could lead to confusion for road users. The pair also designed the Transport font used on the designs, which later was further developed into the New Transport typeface for gov.uk. Their work has become one of the largest and most-recognised public design projects in Britain.
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    shovel/spade, woman
    Materials & Techniques
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  • Details
    Title
    Women at Work
    Edition
    15/25
    Date
    2018
    Medium
    Screenprint
    Dimensions
    height: 152.2 cm, width: 102.5 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Jealous Gallery, July 2018
    Inscription
    bl: 15/25 ; br: Margaret Calvert 2017
    Provenance
    Jealous Gallery; purchased by GAC 2018
    GAC number
    18767