Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival :: Event Details

Cartoon Exhibitions

21st April - 17th May 2014

With a Song in my Art

Open Daily 10am - 4pm, at The Bear Steps Gallery

Over eighty cartoons on the theme of Music. Originals and quality signed prints - produced and selected specially for the annual Festival themed exhibition. A great opportunity to see a range of interpretation, styles and humour and to buy high quality professional cartoon art at affordable prices. (Cash & cheque sales only).

A selection of themed cartoons will also be shown in the Chapel Bar, Theatre Severn from 23rd April until 28th June and on screen in the OMH Café Bar, The Square during the Festival period.


April 1st to 30th

Cartoon Fringe Festival Exhibition

Open 10am - 4pm Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat at Visual Arts Network Gallery, Upper Floor, Shrewsbury Market Hall,

Exhibition by Shropshire artists.


Workshops - have a go sessions for all ages

Friday 25th April

How To Make A Mini Comic

4.30pm - 6pm at St. Chad's Parish Hall

Wilbur Dawbarn of the Beano and Private Eye shows you how to create a mini comic, including creating characters and content, layout and design, and ending up with a mini-comic of your very own. Suitable for those aged 6 to 106.

We suggest you do the whole workshop rather than drop-in but it's free and you don't need to book.


Saturday 26th April

Blow Your Own Trump!

10am - 11.30am at Darwin Shopping Centre (middle level, next door to Mothercare)

Join Cathy Simpson in this exciting and (probably) noisy workshop where you get to make farting musical instruments using drinking straws and paper tubes. You can then decorate them in any way you like - help will be at hand!

No need to book, drop in any time. Suitable for children aged 6 - 106.


Saturday 26th April

How To Draw Absolutely Anything

1pm - 2.30pm 1a Castle Gates

Wilbur Dawbarn of the Beano and Private Eye takes you through the process of cartoon drawing, beginning with simple faces, including animals, monsters and aliens, and encompassing anything and everything you can think of. Suitable for those aged 6 to 106.

We suggest you do the whole workshop rather than drop-in but it's free and you don't need to book.


Saturday 26th April

Creating Comic Strips

3pm - 4.30pm 1a Castle Gates

With Tim Harries. Have fun writing and drawing comic strips just like the professionals. Learn the best tips for creating your own characters and putting them in your very own strip! Kid's workshop, but suitable for all ages.

Drop in. Free. No need to book.


Cartoon Talk

Saturday 26th April

Release Your Inner Cartoonist

11am and 2pm at Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

There are two chances to see this performance by Harry Venning, creator of Clare in the Community cartoon strip in The Guardian and scriptwriter for the BBC Radio 4 sitcom of the same name. Harry reveals tricks of his trade in a light hearted lecture suitable for adults of all ages and broad minded children (we suggest 12+) Learn how to transform a flat piece of paper into a riot of laughs, an explosion of adventure, a cacophony of sound and a gobsmack of disbelief.

Performance time approx. 30mins. Booking advised as numbers limited but it's FREE. To book a place contact Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888 email visitorinfo@shropshire.gov.uk at Rowleys House, Barker Street. Moving soon to The Music Hall in The Square


Cartoonists Live Day

Saturday 26th April

Cartoons in The Square

10am - 5pm

Cartoonists work on 8ft x 6ft boards to create huge cartoons on the theme of Music. The cartoonists create an instant exhibition which will grow before your eyes.


Saturday 26th April

Who Do You Think You Are?

10am - 5pm

Reverse Caricaturing is where the artist draws the victim's body on a giant canvas below their head. Order the body you aspire to or put yourself at the mercy of the artist! Bring your camera. In The Square.


Saturday 26th April

Caricaturing - in the Square

In The Square on 10am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4.30pm

Festival caricaturists will be there to draw you! Free!


Saturday 26th April

The Soundbusters - melodrawma

In The Square at 3.30pm

A comic strip drawn on the spot by a crack team of cartoon melodrawmartists, to live recitation and soaring musical accompaniment. A Cartoon Festival One-Off!


Saturday 26th April

Festival Shop

In The Square, 10am - 5pm

Cartoon cards, prints, books and other items. Festival cartoonists will be working in The Square and other venues and will be pleased to sign prints and books of their work.

And of course, lots of live music throughout the day!


1st - 30th April

S-mile Trail

Celebrate spring and wring out winter floods. Cartoons are displayed in shop windows, cafes and pubs, linking the main Festival venues and creating their own unique exhibition. Theatre Severn, the Market Hall, Bear Steps, The Parade, Darwin and Pride Hill Shopping centres will be displaying cartoons. Stroll from Wyle Cop to Frankwell, from Greyfriars Bridge to the Station, The Square to Mardol, and along the streets, shuts and passages between. Spot the cartoons and lift your spirits with some smile therapy and look out for the special Festival Ale 'Happy Barry' in the pubs. Download the leaflet for the trail route & map of Festival venues.

Shrewsbury S-mile Trail organised by: agatedesign@btinternet.com as part of the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival.


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