Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival :: Event Details

Cartoon Exhibitions

Puttin' on the Style

Over eighty cartoons on the theme of Style. 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).

At The Bear Steps Gallery, 13th April - 2nd May

Open Daily 10am - 4pm

A selection of themed cartoons will also be shown in the Chapel Bar, Theatre Severn from 17th April until 4th July and on screen in the OMH Café Bar, The Square during the Festival period.

Workshops - have a go sessions for all ages

Friday 17th April

Drawing Stuff

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

To complement Saturday's workshop focussing on character creation this workshop is all about drawing all the other stuff that goes into cartoons -- landscapes, background details, objects, cars, spaceships... Led by Wilbur Dawbarn of Private Eye and Beano fame.

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 18th April

Stop-Go! - Animation Workshops

11am, 12 noon & 1.30pm at The Hive, Belmont

A short practical introduction to the world of stop motion led by Joe Coulman. See how animators bring to life inanimate objects on the screen and have a go for yourself. In 20 minutes you'll bring to life a ball of plasticine and a lego man, using professional techniques and equipment to make your very own animations. Drop in. Free!

Cartoon Characters - How To Invent and Invigorate

10.30am - 12 noon at Central, Claremont Street (Baptist Church)

Wilbur Dawbarn, of Private Eye and Beano fame, shows you how to create a cartoon character and bring it to life. Take away your own character, all ready to jump right into its own cartoon adventures!

Please come for the entire session. It's free and you don't need to book.

Caricature Workshop

2pm - 3.15pm at St. Chad's Parish Hall

Terry Anderson explains the origins and techniques of caricature. He will demonstrate hints and tips before giving you the chance to try it yourself. Draw and be drawn, take home a unique keepsake of the festival! Please book for this workshop, but it's free! Suitable for ages 7 to adult. Book at Shrewsbury Visitor Information Centre in The Music Hall tel: 01743 258888

Creating Comic Strips

2.30pm - 4pm at Shropshire Wildlife Trust

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 18th April

The Coalition: Drawing to a Conclusion - an illustrated talk by Martin Rowson

2pm at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Music Hall, Upper Vaughans Suite

Martin Rowson looks at cartooning the UK political scene over the last five years and in the run up to the Election. Martin Rowson is one of the UK's foremost editorial cartoonists and writers. His work appears regularly in The Guardian and the Daily Mirror and, over a thirty year career, in many other publications as well. He has also adapted classic works into graphic form including T.S. Elio's The Wasteland and Gullivers Travels.

Performance time approx. 1 hour. Tickets £5 from Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888 email!

Cartoonists Live Day

Saturday 18th April


10am - 5pm in the Square

Cartoonists work on 8ft x 6ft boards to create huge cartoons on the theme of Style as well as more conventionally sized cartoons to make an exhibition of great gags which will grow before your eyes.

Cartoon Clicnic

10am - 5pm in the Square

Bring your own cartoon drawings for a professional critique and tips.


10am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4.30pm in the Square

To draw you! Free!

The Techno tent

10.30am - 4.30pm in the Square

In these days of digital technology cartoons are often produced using all manner of hi tech equipment and software. The Techno Tent shows you how it's digitally done! Several professional cartoonists will be demonstrating how they use the latest computer hardware and software to create their work. Demonstrations from 10.30am - 4.30pm by hard working cartoonists and technical experts from Wacom and AT Computers of Shrewsbury.

Festival Shop

10am - 5pm in the Square

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

Come to town for a S-mile this April. Cartoons are displayed in shop windows, cafes and pubs, so take in the Style around town whilst following this 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 the Abbey 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 Download the leaflet for the trail route & map of Festival venues.

Special thanks to the artists, businesses & townspeople involved for their support for the S-Mile Trail. St John's Hill Dental Practice - how appropriate - Dave Mellor Cycles, E.B.Smith. A Stitch in Time. Up & Running. Lasergraphics. Practice. Sports & Games(S'bury), The Golden Cross, Cook &: Carve. Appleyards, Shrewsbury Coffee House. The Parade. Setonaikai. Aroma Tea & Coffee Merchants. Porterhouse. Wace Morgan. Write Here! Appleyards. Stans Cycles. Talbot Plan Print. Shrewsbury S-mile Trail organised by: as part of the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival.