Please join us today in the galley at 12:30 as guest curator Peter Vangioni and Ilam School of Fine Arts design lecturer Luke Wood discuss our current exhibition Leo Bensemann: Illustrator, designer and printer . A key figure in Christchurch’s cultural life from the 1930s to the 1980s, Leo Bensemann was an exceptional graphic artist, designer and a demon with the letterpress printing technology associated with his era. Throughout the mid-20th century Bensemann, Denis Glover and others working at the Caxton Press were instrumental in introducing modern typographical design and typefaces to New Zealand’s printed culture. The exhibition includes a wide selection of Leo’s original drawings, wood engravings, book designs and letterpress printing. . Peter Vangioni is a curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and a letterpress printer running his own studio, The Kowhai Press. He has long been interested in Leo Bensemann’s work as a painter but more importantly as a graphic artist, book designer and letterpress printer. In 2013 Peter curated A Caxton Miscellany: The Caxton press 1933 – 1958 for Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and Christchurch City Libraries. . @ilamcampusgallery @uclibrary @ilamfinearts @kowhaipress @shakinlukewood #ilamcampusgallery #ilamschooloffinearts