Along with our Guest events, workshops, the Family Zone and the Comics Clock Tower, this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival offers a number of comic art exhibitions across the town. Some open before the Festival weekend and some run beyond it.

Our current exhibitions are:


Making A Scene Exhibition Poster

Making a Scene – Ken Niimura
Brewery Arts Centre, Sugar Store Gallery
7th  October – 7th November 2016 (Brewery usual opening times)

Get inside the head of internationally-acclaimed comic artist Ken Niimura. Ken was winner of the Golden Prize in the 5th International Manga Award and was nominated for both Eisner and Eagle Awards for his work on I Kill Giants, created in collaboration with fellow guest Joe Kelly. His illustration book Zero reveals both a rare and diverse talent, while Travelling and Henshin, both short story collections, display that intoxicating combination of fine art and strong storyline.

Born in Spain and currently living and working in Tokyo, Ken has a foot in both the European and Japanese comic art worlds creating an exciting fusion of traditions and styles whilst conjuring up something seemingly unique. This exhibition features original art, brought to life through annotations and additional sketches on the walls of the Gallery.

“Let me show you a selection of scenes where the unexpected lurks at the turn of each page and around each corner,” says Ken. “This exhibition features original art from comics such as I Kill Giants and Henshin, for which I am best known, as well as work I have done for Marvel and DC Comics and some unreleased work too”.

There’ll be a special challenge to run alongside this exhibition. Come up with a short scenario to accompany the main image from Ken’s exhibition

Young, Talented And Beautiful - Five Rising Stars from Japan

Young, Talented And Beautiful – Five Rising Stars from Japan
Brewery Arts Centre, Warehouse Café
7th October – 7th November (Warehouse Café usual opening hours)

Handpicked for their distinctive voices by comic artist Ken Niimura, these five rising stars from Japan bring their artwork to the UK for the first time.

Est Em, Takehito Moriizumi, Tsuchika Nishimura, Keigo Shinzo and Miki Yamamoto are some of the most acclaimed an interesting authors of the new generation of manga artists, sharing a common interest in depicting the daily life in nowadays Japan through a combination of unique art and a very personal narrative.

In partnership with The Brewery Arts Centre and The Japan Foundation with support from MTP Media.

There’s an additional opportunity to meet Ken Niimura and Miki Yamamoto in London immediately after the festival made possible by our partner The Japan Foundation. Ken and Miki will present their work and be in conversation with Paul Gravett at Foyles (Bookshop), 107 Charing Road, London WC2H 0DT on Monday 17th October at 6.30pm on 6th Floor. Free.

Art from Hanneriina Moisseinen's Kannas / The Isthmus, released in May 2016

Art from Hanneriina Moisseinen’s Kannas / The Isthmus, released in May 2016

Silence / Hiljaisuus
The Wildman Gallery, Wildman Street, Kendal
12th October – 12th November 2016
Daily Opening Times:  11.00am – 3.00pm (Closed Mondays)

An exhibition of original graphic novel art by Hanneriina Moisseinen (Finland)

“In war the silent moments are often the most meaningful.” Hanneriina Moisseinen

Based on the graphic novel Kannas / The Isthmus by Hanneriina Moisseinen (Kreegah Bundolo 2016). Heralded as “the Magnum opus of Finnish comics” Harri Römpötti, Helsingin Sanomat.

This special installation consists of original artwork and archive photographs from Moisseinen’s fourth graphic novel, Kannas / The Isthmus, combined with an evocative soundtrack by Eero Grundström with guest musicians and sample sources, Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Hanneriina Moisseinen”

The story takes place in 1944, during World War Two, on the Karelian Isthmus where more than 400,000 people were forced to leave their homes for good. Often the only valuable property they could take with them was their cows. Besides the journey with the cows, the story also reveals the lesser-known psychological impact these wartime events had on the soldiers. In Finland war-related literature has mostly avoided these tales but Hanneriina Moisseinen, known for her exposure of silent taboos, highlights them and uses the graphic novel art medium to breathtaking effect.

Moisseinen has a fine arts background in drawing, sculpting and installation but is now best-known as a graphic novel artist. She also sings, and has debuted as a film director in 2014. She has had exhibitions in more than 15 countries across the world in art museums and galleries.

Supported financially by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Kone Foundation. Organised in partnership with Kendal College & The Finnish Institute in London. Thanks also to Helsinki Comic Art Festival and MTP Media. All archive photographs thanks to the Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive

Featuring free personal tours by Hanneriina on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 1.00-2.00pm each day

Five Bridges: Stories of the Flood - art by Mike Medaglia, Lisa Woynarski and Farokh Soltani

Five Bridges: Stories of the Flood – art by Mike Medaglia, Lisa Woynarski and Farokh Soltani
Kendal Museum, Kendal College
12th October – 19th November 2016
Daily Opening Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm (Closed Sundays. Mondays)

“Everyone knows someone affected by the flood”

A unique comics exhibition where the human stories of flooding are depicted through comics and brought to life in a dynamic audio performance. In December 2015, flooding hit Cumbria as the region received a year’s worth of rainfall in a single day. The River Kent breached its banks in Kendal, closing the town’s five bridges and flooding many local homes.

Featuring five different stories of people who experienced the flooding, this exhibition tells the human stories behind the extreme weather event. Highlighting the wider picture of the interrelatedness of all human/nature relationships, these stories provide a human experience to the often abstract and complex issue of climate change. After experiencing the stories from the flood, audience members will have a chance to contribute their own responses, drawing a self-portrait and telling their own stories, adding to and growing the exhibition.

Drawn by acclaimed comics artist Mike Medaglia with story by Lisa Woynarski and sound design by Farokh Soltani.

Commissioned by LICAF in partnership with Kendal Museum and Kendal College | Supported by LDNPA, Kendal Town Council and fundraising efforts by students at Queen Katherine School

Sponsored by Atlantis Kitchens

Phono+Graphic Art

The Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Brampton Road, Carlisle
13th October – 17th November 2016
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm

“If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me. The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say, I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is the ace of spades, the ace of spades”
– Motorhead

As part of the University of Cumbria’s ongoing collaboration with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival the campus gallery in Carlisle will be playing host to PHONO+GRAPHIC, an exhibition of vinyl record covers designed by leading comic strip artists. The show, curated by comic-book supremo and Festival patron Sean Phillips, has been touring the globe and will come to the University morphing into a new exhibition comprised of a mix of professional, tutor and student pieces (University of Cumbria BA Hons Illustration & BA Hons Graphic Design). The brief is to choose a song from an enticing list and work with the theme, feel, sound, content of both lyrics and music to create a sequential visual narrative across 1 or 2 double-page spreads.

Details of gallery programme, location etc can be found via Facebook

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