Lakes International Comic Art Festival confirms Exhibitions for October Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce its three comic exhibitions taking place during and around its annual gathering in Kendal (15th – 17th October 2021), which includes a major retrospective of the work of Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson.

The Festival will also host Here and Now, an exhibition featuring the work of several major Czech comic creators, including Vojtěch MašekLucie LomováJaromir 99 and Toy Box, produced in partnership with the Czech Literary Centre, who are also supporting supporting two international artists’ residencies in association with LICAF with Katerina Cupova and Stepanka Jislova and the attendance at the festival of three other creators, Vaclav Slajch, Lucie Lomova and Marek Rubec.

The Festival is also delighted to be working in partnership with the British CouncilKomiket in the Philippines, and alongside climate change communications specialists Creative Concern, to host an exhibition of work by British and Philippines creators on the theme ‘10 Years to Save the World’, a project attracting attention worldwide that explores climate change through art, science and digital technology. The project has an urgent message: we have ten years to make the big changes required to save our planet, it’s as simple as that.

“I’ve been cartooning for nearly 40 years, and I must have produced about 15,000 to 16,000 images through that time,” says Martin Rowson. “Bless them, the Lakes is putting on a retrospective of my work from the past 40 years, 90 images, which I hope will make you laugh, make you think, make you flinch, make you do all sorts of stuff… but I’ve had fun doing it, and I hope you’ll have fun looking at them as well.”

“Martin Rowson has been a regular guest of the Festival several times,” notes Festival Director Julie Tait, “and we’re delighted Cross Lanes will host this major retrospective of his work.”

“Kendal is just one town where we know what climate change can bring down on a community,” she continues, “so the 10 Years to Save the World project is as relevant here as it is in the Philippines, and all around the world.”

• Tickets are on sale now for this physical event from the Festival web site



The Political Cartoons and Comics of Martin Rowson
Cross Lanes Project, Cross Lane, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5LB

15th October – 5th November 2021

For nearly 40 years Martin Rowson has been the scourge of the political establishment, focusing his unflinching eye and scurrilous wit on those in power. His cartoons for the GuardianDaily MirrorIndependentNew Statesman and many more, draw from an encyclopaedic knowledge of western culture and combine with a breath-taking talent for image making.

His comics, including The Life and Opinions of Tristram ShandyGentleman and The Communist Manifesto take apparently challenging texts and make them accessible and enlightening for a whole new generation of readers.

What a Fur Cup will feature some of Rowson’s most powerful political cartoons, caricatures and comics and present an entertaining journey through the past forty years of politics and celebrity.

HERE & NOW – Contemporary Czech Comics

Brewery Art Centre – Foyer & Sugar Store Gallery

14th – 18th October 2021

This remarkable exhibition celebrates the diverse range of subjects, styles, and approaches in Czech comics today and is curated by Dr. Pavel Kořínek. The show celebrates the work of ten leading Czech artists and features their comics so far, plus newly-commissioned work reflecting the last 18 months.

Featured artists include Vojtěch Mašek, Lucie Lomová, Jaromir 99 and Toy Box

10 Years to Save the World

Kendal: 11th – 25th October 2021, The Wildman Street Gallery, Kendal

Manchester: 1st – 12th November, SeeSaw, 86 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6NG | 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday

‘Ten Years to Save the World’ is one of the creative commissions supported by the British Council exploring climate change through art, science and digital technology. The project has an urgent message: we have ten years to make the big changes required to save our planet, it’s as simple as that. 

The commission will demonstrate the power of the comics medium to stimulate climate change action through the creation of a comic art digital anthology. Aimed at 18 to 24 year olds, the project brings together two comic art festivals – The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in the UK and Komiket in the Philippines, working alongside climate change communications specialists Creative Concern.

Ten leading comic artists, with a diverse range of styles and approaches are developing new creative work in response to the climate crisis. Their work has been informed and shaped by young people from both countries who took part in online discussions to develop the brief for the artists.

• Tickets are on sale now for this physical event from the Festival web site

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