Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival :: Event Details 2008

"cartoonists always go cheerfully and happily straight to the heart
of the issue, or the trend, or the argument: they are wise, because
they have seen the truth about life, which is that at the heart of
everything there lies a joke

Libby Purves, Broadcaster, Patron, Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival


Reverse CaricaturingShrewsbury Cartoon Festival is a long weekend of cartooning activity on 18th – 20th April and features several cartoon art exhibitions. During the Festival weekend over 40 professional cartoonists from around the UK and overseas converge on Shrewsbury and are set loose around the town to caricature and cartoon for the public. The exhibitions span the Festival weekend opening a week or two before and continuing for some time afterwards. Most of the cartoons and caricatures on exhibition are for sale.

The Festival offers unique opportunities to see artists at work; 20 of them on huge boards in The Square during the weekend, others drawing caricatures and some running cartoon workshops for all ages. All the events are free unless stated.

This year’s Festival Theme is ‘Art


Saturday 19th April, 12 noon, at The Old Market Hall, The Square

Steve Bell – illustrated talk by UK Political Cartoonist of the YearSteve Bell – illustrated talk by UK Political Cartoonist of the Year, creator of the ‘If’ strip in The Guardian, listed by The Observer as one of the 50 funniest performers in British comedy. Almost certainly not suitable for children. All tickets £4. Please book in advance 01743 281281 or at The Music Hall Box Office


Animal Antics – favourite animals - cartoon drawing made easy. Workshop for younger children aged 6 – 11 with Andy Gilbert.
Saturday 19th April 10.30am – 12.30pm, at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery Free. Drop in. No need to book. Children must be accompanied.

But is it Art...Family Workshop with Angela Martin
Get into the cartoon frame. Create marvellous lines, marks, faces
and images. Impress the worlds auction houses, or sell on ebay! We will cartoon on.
Come and have a scribble and some fun.
Saturday 19th April, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Abbey Foregate. All ages welcome. Free. Drop in. No need to book. Children must be accompanied.

Create a Comic Strip
Fun writing and drawing just like the professionals – drop in workshop with
Tim Harries
Saturday 19th April, 2pm – 4pm at Shropshire Wildlife Trust. For children 8 – 12 and families. Free. Drop in. No need to book. Children must be accompanied.

Building cartoons brick by Brick- Workshop for older children (12+) and adults with Brick. In this 2 part workshop you will start to translate your ideas into artwork for a comic strip. To get the most from the sessions please prepare a story in rough (words and /or drawings) that you would like to develop into a full comic strip. Friday 18th April 4.30pm- 5.30pm and Saturday 19th April, 2pm – 4pm at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. Free but please book in advance tel. 01743 361196

Cartoon ClinicCartoon Exhibitions
Budding cartoonists of all ages are invited to bring their work for a professional critique and some tips from successful cartoonists.
Saturday 19th April 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm
Both sessions at Bear Steps Gallery.

Getting Published

Meet Cath Tate of Cath Tate Cards, a leading publisher of greetings cards and postcards. Come and get some advice about getting your work published.
Saturday 19th April, 2pm – 4pm at Cath Tate Direct, Hills Lane

Cartoonists at Work

Board with Art?
Giant Cartoons in The Square
Cartoonists work on 8ft x 6ft boards to create around 20 cartoons on the Festival theme of Art. This ‘instant’ exhibition takes shape in The Square.
Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April, 11am – 4pm

Who Do You Think You Are?
The opportunity to acquire a brand new body or a non-violent version of the village stocks?! In ‘reverse caricaturing’ the artist draws the subject’s body life-size on a giant canvas below their head. Order the body you aspire to, or put yourself at the mercy of the artist! Bring your cameras!
Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April, 11am – 4pm

Elvis eh huh!Caricaturing
Caricaturists will be in The Square to draw you! Free!
Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April, 11am – 4pm

Art & About
On the spot drawing by the Festival cartoonists to create a ‘mural’ of cartoons on theme of ‘Art’.
Saturday 19th April, 11am – 4pm in the Bridge Link from Darwin Shopping Centre lower level to Raven Meadows Car Park & Bus Station

Meet the Cartoonists
A chance to meet the Festival cartoonists informally and enjoy the two cartoon exhibitions in the Gallery. Informal caricaturing.
Sunday 20th April at Bear Steps Gallery 11am – 12.30pm


But Is It Art?
Festival cartoonists interpret the theme of ‘Art’ any which way they will, in an exhibition of around 80 cartoons. Most pieces are for sale and include originals and prints.
1st – 26th April, Bear Steps Gallery, First Floor, open daily 10am – 4pm
and at Cath Tate Direct, Hills Lane, open Mon – Sat 9.30am – 5pm and Sunday 20th April 10am – 4pm

Rogues Gallery
Cartoons by Dave Brown political cartoonist for The Independent. The Rogues Gallery series, a wickedly satirical interpretation of the Old Masters, has appeared in The Independent since 2004. This is a selection of around 40 of the best Campbells Scotch Brothcartoons of the last three years. Prints available for sale.
1st – 26th April, Bear Steps Gallery, Ground Floor

Art About Face
Exhibition celebrating the art of caricature and famous faces from the arts world. Selling exhibition – originals and prints from top UK and overseas caricature artists.
20th March – 26th April, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Stars, Strips and Yankee Doodles
A collection of cartoons from the USA including gags and comic strips from well known American publications.
20th March – 26th April, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

A Belgian Cartoon Selection
European visual humour in a varied collection of uncaptioned cartoons by Belgian artists.
20th March – 26th April, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Open Tues – Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 20th April 10am – 4pm

Wave FarmClimate Change Cartoon Exhibition
19th April - 26th May, Gateway Gallery 3
Open Mon – Fri 9am – 9.30pm, Saturday mornings and Sunday 19th April
A WHO'S who of British cartoonists and caricaturists has contributed to
a special exhibition of work on climate change. The 27 cartoons range from the satirical to political, educational to down right rude. Prints will be available at the close of the exhibition. Organised by the Marches Energy Agency, in conjunction with Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council and Shropshire County Council.

Festival Shop
The Square
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th April 11am – 4pm
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. Cath Tate Direct on Hills Lane will stock cartoon items before and after the Festival weekend.

To see pictures of the 2007 Festival Click here