Keith Armstrong RUHuman?

Our first exhibition of 2024 showcased the work of a Somers Town artist, disability activist and musician: Keith Armstrong, also known by RUHuman. Keith’s typewriter art has brought many into the museum: longtime fans, old friends, typewriter art aficionados, and admirers off the street. Within the museum, curator Professor Esther Leslie has given us a snapshot of Armstrong’s multifaceted life with photographs, LPs, typewriters, newspaper clippings and more.

The launch of Armstrong’s typewriter art exhibition brought together fans, friends and activists to listen to curator Prof Esther Leslie explain her impressions of Keith, her work with Tom Gill and her research at Bishopsgate Archive to put together this thorough overview of Keith’s life and art.

We spent a day immersing ourselves in typewriter art. Artist Robin Tomens led a workshop, where we tried making our very own typewriter art. Our collection of typewriters was dwarfed by his massive model, which he used to great effect, demonstrating how you could use different angles and ink colours in your work.

Barrie Tullett, author of Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology and co-author of RUHUMAN: The Typewriter Art of Keith Armstrong gave an illustrated lecture on typewriter art, its rich history from the 1870s to the present. We had an understanding of what a person can do with a typewriter, and we may have even had some new typewriter artists. 

We hope this exhibition has helped some of you to discover a new medium – as an artist or a fan – as well as a Keith Armstrong’s contribution to Somers Town’s creative and political spirit in recent history.

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