Sydney Pen Show 2018

The inaugural Sydney Pen Show was held at the Lighthouse Gallery of the Australian Maritime Museum on Saturday, 18 August 2018.


It was a roaring success! With an army of volunteers, the organising committee headed by Mark Hopson and Sophia Le delivered a dream. The very first pen show to be hosted in Sydney.

For the first 100 through the doors, they were rewarded with a goodie bag courtesy of Milligram ( While the first 100 tickets bought through Eventbrite received a free bottle of Robert Oster’s new ink especially created for the Sydney Pen Show 2018, Sydney Lavender, together with a signed certificate from the creator himself.

Show merchandise included:

SPS18 Pin


Robert Oster Sydney Lavender


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Vendors included Pensive Pens, Melbourne Pen Depot, Palaton International, Pen Ultimate, P-Press, Not Just a Card, Schumacher Pen Company, Renniks, Journals, Calligraphy Supplies Australia, Suespense Calligraphers, Larry Post, and Dymocks Stationery.

There was a Scavenger Hunt for the kids to enjoy.

A Pay It Forward table was set up using the generous donations from suppliers and the fountain pen community. It’s a premise with a promise. An expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor (Wikipedia).

The Ink Station is where anyone can try out various inks, also donated generously by suppliers and the community for everyone to enjoy.

While the Trade Market was where community members were able to sell their wares without having to set-up their own table. This table was for those who only had a few items to sell.

Brands on display included:

  • Conklin
  • Cross
  • Curtis Australia
  • Leuchtturm
  • Midori Travelers Company
  • Monteverde
  • Otto Hutt
  • Pelikan
  • Pensive Pens
  • Pilot
  • Porsche by Design
  • Sheaffer

In the afternoon, the workshops were in full swing:

Moya CalligraphyMoya “Calligrafitti” with Ruben Tabuteau
“Urban Sketching” with Liz Steel
“Nib Tuning” with Tav Sin
BUJO with Sami Sparrow and Juliane Mica
“Gothic Calligraphy” with Susan Tyler38817428_255216965112665_3709997861295882240_n

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