Fleet Street’s Finest Cartoonists in Herne Bay

As featured in Private Eye, for the next month, Herne Bay will host a variety of events and exhibitions, showcasing some of Britain’s most important cartoonists, including works from Ralph Steadman, two “Cartoonists of the year” and cartoonists from the Financial Times, the Independent, the Guardian, the Spectator and Private Eye.

It will be Herne Bay’s third cartoon festival in a row.  Previous events have attracted thousands of visitors to the town and featured on national radio and television and garnered extensive newspaper coverage, including a two page profile in the Times. The festival also gained the town 3 Culture Awards and 2 nominations – a Kent record.  Handing over the prizes, John Gilbey, the leader of Canterbury Council said:  “This event has really put Herne Bay on the artistic map”.

But thanks to an Arts Council grant and the Procartoonists organisation, this year’s Cartoon festival will be bigger and better than ever.

Highlights include:

*   All day cartooning at the bandstand on Sunday August 1st

From instant caricatures to 8ft spectaculars, be prepared to be amazed and astonished as 20 or so of Britain’s best cartoonists demonstrate their art live in front of your eyes.

Figure 1 Dave Brown – cartoonist of the year

Figure 2 Instant caricatures at bandstand

* A Line in the Sand – a two week exhibition of brand new cartoons at the Beach Creative Gallery. Provocative, original, but above all, funny.

Figure 3 Ralph Steadman with a fan

* Outrage! – A history of offensive cartoons from the 18th century to the present. Presented in conjunction with the Cartoon Archive, the show will feature some of the most controversial drawings of their day: from Gilray to Steve Bell via Lowe and the “Oz Schoolkids edition” –  including an exclusive view of a brand new, explosive Ralph Steadman.

What better way could there be to re-open Herne Bay Museum.

* Martin Honeysett memorial – Martin was viewed by his cartoon peers as the best “lineman” in the business. He was also a great friend of Herne Bay.  So to mark his sad passing earlier this year, there will be exhibition of his work (details, times etc. to come)

Figure 4 Honeysett on clock tower

* Children’s Comic-Strip Workshop – Beach Creative Sat Aug 1st

Fancy yourself as the Matt Groening? Or maybe you’d like to produce Herne Bay’s answer to Dennis the Menace or Desperate Dan.

Well, if you’re over 5 and under 15,  Tim Harries is going to show you how to do it – an award-winning cartoonist from Wales, whose work has been featured in The Sun, the Daily Star and the New Statesman.

* Young Cartoonists Competition ­ – prizes and details TBA but judged by a panel of professional chaired by Andrew Birch from Private Eye.

All further info, contact:  Steve Coombes  07710 750321; Stevejazz@aol.com

lines in sand poster

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