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Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival – The Exhibitions!

October 20, 2020 in Comment, Events, General

Exhibition poster cartoon by festival organiser © Roger Penwill.

Lovely to see a REAL cartoon exhibition on REAL walls! Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival may have been cancelled earlier in the year but the accompanying ’20-20 Vision’ show lives on at the wonderful Bear Steps Gallery in Shrewsbury. It opened this week and features 70 cartoons by 43 cartoonists including Steve Bell, The Surreal McCoy, Pete Dredge, Jonathan Cusick, Tat Effby, Wilbur Dawbarn, Ralph Steadman, Royston Robertson, John Landers, Steve Best, Jeremy Banx, Kathryn Lamb, Sarah Boyce, Tim Harries, Glenn Marshall, Andy Davey, Clive Goddard & Zoom Rockman.

The Bear Steps Gallery, a fifteenth century restored building. Photo © Glenn Marshall.

There is also a bonus exhibition in the upstairs gallery of cartoons responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo of the team hanging the artwork last Sunday © Tony Clarkson.

The PCO blog featured some of the cartoons selected for the ‘Vision’ exhibition earlier in the year and you can see them here.

Another photo of the hang © Tony Clarkson.

Here is a selection from the ‘No One Saw It Coming’ coronavirus cartoons display.

Ralph Steadman did a HUGE painting. A video of him in action as he creates it is displayed next a much smaller print of the work.

Cartoon © Ralph Steadman.

Cartoon © Peter Schrank

Poignant cartoon by Peter Schrank about isolation, particularly for the elderly and vulnerable during lock down.

Cartoon © Steve Bell.

Unsurprisingly Boris featured heavily in the exhibition. This by The Guardian’s Steve Bell…

Cartoon © Andy Davey.

…and another from Andy Davey.

Cartoon © Chris Williams

…and yet another. This by ‘Dink’

Cartoon © Grizelda.

Over-indulgence cartoon from Grizelda…although some of us didn’t drink sensibly even before the pandemic.

Caricature © Jonathan Cusik.

Fine caricature of Chris ‘Now Go Wash Your Hands’ Whitty by Jonathan Cusick.

Cartoon © Pete Dredge.

Back to school with Dredge.

Cartoon © Ken Pyne.

Ken Pyne takes us on holiday….remember those?

Cartoon © Royston Robertston…and Phil.

Pirate material by Rrrrroyston Rrrrrobertson.

Cartoon © Henny Beaumont.

No exhibition on this theme would be complete without a wave to the super-spreader himself. Henny here channeling Hokasai.

Cartoon © The Surreal McCoy.

Finally as we head into the second wave this cartoon by the Surreal McCoy seems perfectly timed.

Through the exhibition run we’ll be publishing more of the ‘No One Saw it Coming’ exhibits across the vast PCO media empire so keep an eye on our Facebook (@UKProfessionalCartoonists), Twitter (@procartoonists) and Instagram (@procartoonists) feeds.

For more Covid ‘fun’ we published a selection of infectious laughter earlier in the year here.

The exhibition at Bear Steps runs until 31st October and the gallery is open 10.00am – 4.0pm daily. (Covid measures at the gallery: hand sanitiser at the door, 6 visitors at a time with an eye kept on flow, in one door out through another. Face coverings to be worn)

Puppet caricature © Jonathan Cusik.

Here’s a fine video of the cartoon-form Mayor of Shrewsbury Philip Gillam introducing the show.

Congrats to all those involved from Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival and Bear Steps Gallery for putting the shows together in tricky times. Fingers tentatively crossed that the festival can return in all its glory next Spring!

  • Thanks to festival committee member Sarah Knap for extra info in this post.

Our week in tweets

March 8, 2013 in Events, General, News

  1. <Seeing> Good opportunity – bdandcomicspassion.co.uk – if you are under 17 and draw. H/t our friends @theaoi @illogallery @ifru_london
  2. Our members are the exhibitors and performers @TimKingShrops so will drop in some great <cartoons> for the next #shropshirehour 🙂 #shrews13
  3. Thank you @TimKingShrops will do #shrews13 <Question> Do you think we should advance post work from the cartoon exhibitions?
  4. Whoop woop #shropshirehour look whats coming #shrews13 my favourite thing ow.ly/isMii Real live cartoonists drawing in the square
  5. Hello #shropshirehour Many of us planning a trip to the 10th birthday of the #shrews13 cartoon festival next month – ow.ly/isMii
  6. Hello #shropshirehour Many of us planning a trip to the 10th birthday of the #shrews13 cartoon festival next month – ow.ly/isMii
  7. Hello #shropshirehour – looking forward to #shrews13 cartoon festival next month 🙂
    Brief details up at @procartoonists blog
  8. Hello #shropshirehour – looking forward to #shrews13 cartoon festival next month 🙂
    Brief details up at @procartoonists blog
  9. Yes @louiseacohen the foundation has also been notable for its unhelpfulness regarding parody of images such as Wham!
  10. @procartoonists Ah, thanks! Fascinating – post here mentions how Novick helped #Lichtenstein start out as an artist: aol.it/eC11lm
  11. @procartoonists @tate Would love to know if they met at all, #Lichtenstein and Kirby, Abruzzo etc – can’t find anywhere so guessing not
  12. @procartoonists yes, we can’t wait. We are so proud to be partners of this exciting new festival.
  13. Calling cartoonists! This is the last chance to get your entry form for the Summer Exhibition bit.ly/XiMljM #RASummer @royalacademy
  14. Cartoonists live on big boards, not live cartoons. Come and see #shrews13 A whole eye boggling wknd #shrewsbury @procartoonists
  15. Cartoonists live on big boards, not live cartoons. Come and see #shrews13 A whole eye boggling wknd #shrewsbury @procartoonists
  16. Cartoonists live on big boards, not live cartoons. Come and see #shrews13 A whole eye boggling wknd #shrewsbury @procartoonists
  17. Good news @geeksyndicate re the planned Lakes Comics Festival – a welcome partner to #Shrews13 which is 10! – procartoonists.org/blog
  18. Cartoonists live on big boards, not live cartoons. Come and see #shrews13 A whole eye boggling wknd #shrewsbury @procartoonists
  19. Cartoonists live on big boards, not live cartoons. Come and see #shrews13 A whole eye boggling wknd #shrewsbury @procartoonists
  20. @AliShrops @vshropshire @procartoonists Thanks Alison that’s good to hear and happy to help from this end.
  21. @carole_manley @vshropshire @procartoonists Cartoon Fest has been submitted for Summer Season brochure also to Virtual Shropshire website.
  22. @vshropshire Hi have you listed Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival in April? Contact @AliShrops or @procartoonists Sorry to bother if already on it
  23. If you would like to make an application for membership @procartoonists the details you need are at procartoonists.org/informat…
  24. If you would like to make an application for membership @procartoonists the details you need are at procartoonists.org/informat…
  25. 🙂 @lucygreenhalgh We will have to try harder to get a new shot at this year’s cartoon festival