Poster illustration by © Jonathan Cusick
Festival Organising team member Sarah Knapp writes:
Delayed by lockdowns, and consequently without it’s usual live events, Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival exhibition is going ahead this year represented by two exhibitions at the Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury from 6th to 18th September.
The show goes up.
Our theme is ‘The High Street’ as we felt it’s time to show support to the many shops and eateries that have suffered so badly over the last 18 months.
Poster cartoon by © Fawzy Morsy
We are also pleased to also announce the return of international cartoons; in the upstairs gallery ‘Over the Shroopshire hills and Pharoah Way’ showcases over 25 cartoons from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, UAE and Saudi Arabian cartoonists.
Cartoon by © Farouk Mousa
The result of the two exhibitions is a plethora of original cartoons showing different styles and humour gathered together in one place for your delight and amusement. A mixture of originals and prints, they are all for sale.
Started in 2004 by Shropshire based cartoonist Roger Penwill, the town’s Cartoon Festival is now a Shropshire treasure attracting locals plus visitors, artists and collectors of cartoons from further afield.
Illustration by © Ralph Steadman
Above is a signed print from Ralph Steadman entitled “Shopping Sisters”. The cartoon was painted 12 years ago when Ralph was on a wine-tasting trip with Oddbins. Following the exhibition this oak-framed signed cartoon print will be auctioned in the
October Fine Art online timed auction to be held by Halls Fine Art, Shrewsbury. Ralph kindly signed the print for the Cartoon Festival and proceeds of the sale will be donated to the festival.
As in 2020 we would have liked to have brought more of the Festival to the town. However it will return as a full festival in its usual format in April 2022.
Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival has support from Shropshire Council as well as invaluable sponsorship from the Professional Cartoonists Organisation.
Below are a few shop samples from the show.
Cartoon by © Clive Goddard
Cartoon by © Rupert Besley
Cartoon by © The Surreal McCoy
Cartoon by © Ian Baker
Cartoon by © Royston Roberston
Cartoon by © Jason Chatfield