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Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival


The Cartoon Festival brings a small army of professional cartoonists from all over the UK and overseas to draw for the public.

The event draws a huge audience every year with live drawing of giant cartoons in Shrewsbury Town Square as its centrepiece, alongside live caricaturing by some of the UK’s top professionals. There are also cartoon workshops for aspiring cartoonists and exhibitions of themed cartoons. All this brings people to the town from the Midlands, rest of the UK and the World.

The Festival presents a unique opportunity for the public see cartoonists at work, meet them in person and learn some tricks of the trade. It’s a brilliant time for all!

Programme 2019

Fringe events

Throughout April in The Parade Shopping Centre ‘Animals on the Loose'

1st April – 5th May, a migration into Theatre Severn, Frankwell. Free entry from 11am.

Cartoon Exhibition – ‘The Lizards of Oz and Other Creatures’

An exhibition of Australian cartoons on the theme of animals. In the Manby Bowdler Gallery & Theatre Bar.           Other creatures may be present.

6th AprilAnimal Animation Activities

Workshops, become a bird & fly, make ostriches run, create a creature.....

Come & explore various aspects of animation with a group of professional animators & film makers. In conjunction with Shrewsbury Colleges Group. English Bridge Campus 11am – 3pm.   

Tickets online & on the door - £5 all participants, non-participating accompanying adults free (for children under 16).

9th – 27th April Bear Steps Gallery 10am to 4pm, daily. Admission free.

Festival Cartoon Exhibition – ‘Drawn To Be Wild’   

A selling exhibition by some of our best, professional cartoonists. Come & buy or just get some laughter therapy!

26th April Shrewsbury University Centre, The Guildhall, Frankwell.

Mythstories presents…

10.30am to 1.00pm Workshop for young cartoonists £2.00 per person (limited to 15 places for young cartoonists aged 14 to 25, under 16s should be accompanied by an adult (no charge for adult) – booking essential via www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburycartoonfestival )

L’auca del Fouke le fitz waryn”

Work with cartoonist Graham Higgins to create a Catalonian-style comic strip with verses from Michael Rosen’s poem about the real Robin Hood who hailed from Shropshire’s Whittington Castle. 

2:30pm to 4.00pm “Beware Cartoonist At Work” a drop-in open studio, where you can watch Graham Higgins put the finishing touches to the comic strip. This is free and open to everyone.

Saturday 27th April - Live Cartooning

Animal Zoo - Cartoonists in the Square, High Street. 10am to 4pm

Caricaturists, Music, Live Big Board Cartooning, Children’s Corner, RSPB, Cartoon Busking, Free, donations requested.

11am The Animal Man – Simon Airey with some exotic animals to handle. 

The Wolf of Baghdad – A Memoir of a Lost Homeland

The Wolf Of Baghdad is an audio-visual project created by London-based musician Carol Isaacs, also known as cartoonist The Surreal McCoy. It is based on her Iraqi-Jewish family’s memories of their lost homeland.

As well as being a graphic memoir to be published by Myriad Editions in early 2020, it is also presented as a motion comic: a semi-animated slideshow that is accompanied by an ensemble of musicians performing repertoire of the era and projected on to a film screen.

For this event a short excerpt of the work will be shown, followed by an illustrated talk on the making of the audio-visual project. Exploring themes of displacement, refugees, identity and belonging, it will be followed by a Q&A session.

As cartoonist The Surreal McCoy, her cartoons have been published in the New Yorker, Sunday Times, Spectator, Readers’ Digest and other unlikely places. Her work is also featured in The Inking Woman, 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain, published by Myriad Editions.

This project has been funded by Arts Council England and Dangoor education (in memory of Sir Naim Dangoor), with support from the Jewish Music Institute (UK).

11am Shrewsbury Central, Claremont Street

Tickets: £3, accompanied children under 16 free.

Cartoon Workshops

Location: Education Room in the Museum & Art Gallery

10.30am – 11.30am – Zoom Rockman Strip Cartoons - Skanky Pigeon Zoom Rockman is the youngest cartoonist in the Beano’s history; he began aged 12!  Join him in this strip cartoon workshop to learn how to draw his ’Skanky Pigeon’ character, what’s involved in putting a cartoon together and then drawing one of your very own! The purpose of this workshop is to inspire young budding cartoonists. Materials will be provided.

Find out more about Zoom Rockman at his website: - www.thezoom.co.uk

12 noon – 1pm - Jonathan Cusick – 'Bringing Animals to Life'

Caricaturist & Radio Times illustrator Jonathan Cusick will guide your exploration of the animal world within the Art gallery itself. You will be drawing on the Museum's collection of animals to create your own cartoons. Find out more at www.jonathancusick.com

1.30pm – 2.30pm Clive Goddard 'Cartoons with Clive'

Explore a world of cartoon drawing with cartoonist and ‘Fintan Fedora’ author Clive Goddard. A workshop showing you how to draw cartoons that live; humans and animals, in different emotions, male and female. you name it! If there’s something you’ve wanted to draw but don’t know where to start, this is for you; Clive will take requests and show you how to get drawing.

The workshop will end with a comic strip story written and drawn collectively. Suitable for cartoonists of any age. Find out more about Clive at his website: - www.clivegoddard.com

Cartoon Workshop Tickets available online and on the door - £6 all participants, non-participating accompanying adults free. All children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Museum admittance included in ticket price.

The Festival is supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Visual Arts Network & Participate run complimentary events during the Festival. Check for details.

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