Big summer for cartoon shows

“A stick of rock, cock?” – the classic saucy postcard by Donald McGill, from Tate Britain’s Rude Britannia exhibition June looks like being a great month for cartoon shows, with three new exhibitions opening in London. The big one is Rude Britannia which sees cartoons being let loose in a gallery for “proper art”, namely […]

Illustrators make Hay

Hay while the sun shines Pic: The House of Illustration aims to be the world’s first centre dedicated to the art of illustration in all its forms and to create a permanent home for an enduring art. Their grand scheme is to establish a real bricks ‘n’ mortar museum somewhat akin to London’s Cartoon […]

Make Your Mark on the Future: Big Draw 2010

Sue Grayson Ford Director of the Campaign for Drawing launched Big Draw 2010 on Monday. This year – Make Your Mark on the Future – will feature events and activities around the country throughout October. The event also saw the official launch of the website (as mentioned previously) with a special drawing by Posy Simmonds, Steven Appleby, […]

Drawandfoldover No1.

Bloghorn enjoyed this Drawandfoldover from contributors to the service made by our friends at the Campaign for Drawing. We were at the 2010 Big Draw national launch event yesterday and will have a report about it soon.

A serious discussion of humour

Quentin Blake mural, King’s College, Cambridge (Pic: King’s College) Cartoonist Andy Davey writes: To the glorious surroundings of Pembroke College, Cambridge, for a learned and earnest discussion of humour in art. The conference featured two keynote addresses: one by Robin Simon, editor of the British Art Journal and author of Hogarth, France and British Art, […]

New drawing website folds

The Campaign for Drawing – the group behind such events as the Big Draw and the Battle of the Cartoonists – have launched a website to encourage the general public to get their pencils out called Draw and Fold Over. The site is an update of the Exquisite Corpse parlour game, where the player first […]

Cartoons are big fun in Elephant Parade

If you have visited London at all over the past few weeks, you can’t fail to have noticed all the painted elephants dotted around the city. They are there thanks to Elephant Parade, a conservation campaign highlighting the plight of the endangered Asian elephant. More than 250 of the life-size models have been decorated by […]

Pens and swords

Andy Davey writes: Satirical cartoons are loved and hated, usually by different groups of people. Loved by the powerless, hated by the powerful … and a good rule of thumb is “the more tightly held the power, the more hated the cartoonists”. The Cartoon Rights Network collects tales of poor treatment, intimidation, torture and imprisonment of […]