British and Irish Current Comic-Related Exhibitions

The growing size of our dedicated British and Irish comic events page has meant we have had to split our Exhibitions guide onto a new page on downthetubes. Information on events and venues is always welcome.

This feature was last updated on Tuesday 2nd July 2024

As ever, information about events is welcome: here’s how to contact us. If you don’t see your exhibition added to this list, please re-send the information as it’s entirely possible, given the huge amount of email received, that we’ve missed it first time around – sorry!

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London

Bookery Gallerie

20 Church Street, London NW8 8EP | Web: bookerygallerie.com

The British Library

96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Web: bl.uk/whats-on

Check back for comic or illustration-related exhibition information – or visit bl.uk/whats-on

The Cartoon Museum – London

63 Wells Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1A 3AE Tel: 0207 580 8155
Web: www.cartoonmuseum.org | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

HEROES: The British invasion of American comics | Thursday 25th April - Saturday 19th October 2024 The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells St, London, W1A 3AE

HEROES: The British invasion of American comics
Thursday 25th April – Saturday 19th October 2024
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells St, London, W1A 3AE | More information here

Comic books are American as apple pie and Uncle Sam… aren’t they? Visit The Cartoon Museum this Spring to discover how British artists and writers invaded America and made their mark on iconic superheroes and more!

HEROES: The British invasion of American comics tells the story of early American comics such as Buster Brown, Miss Fury and Superman, how they influenced British artists and culture, and how the British took that influence and sold it back to America through legendary comics such as Watchmen and V For Vendetta.

The exhibition shines a light on the many British creators who provided art for iconic superheroes including Batman, Spider-Man, Hellboy and Hit-Girl, including works by Brian Bolland, David Lloyd, Doug Braithwaite and Alison Sampson. On the way you’ll discover British attempts to imitate American strips in the 1940s, find out the story behind the 1972 launch of Marvel UK, and enjoy stunning artwork by key figures from the history of British and American comics, including works by legendary names such as Jack Kirby, Jack Davis and Tarpe Mills. You’ll even get to see the costume of a real-life British superhero!

• Paul Gravett charts the course of various bids by British creators to take over US comic shelves here on his excellent web site

For more information visit cartoonmuseum.org | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

The Ealing Project

Ealing Broadway, London W5 5JY | Web: ealingproject.co.uk

The Ealing Project – a multi-functional community space on the ground floor of Ealing Broadway centre, which has hosted comic related exhibitions, including 3 Generations, an exhibition of art that includes the work of comic creator and editor David Leach, in July 2023 (Read our related news story).

Gunnersby Park Museum

Gunnersby Park Museum, Gunnersbury Park House, Popes Lane, London W5 4NH (near Acton Town tube station) | Free, No booking required | Closed Mondays, Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 4.30pm
Web: visitgunnersbury.org | Facebook | Instagram | X | YouTube

Alien Worlds – runs until 20th July 2024

This exhibition shows artwork by local children from Lionel Primary School. 
Pupils imagined what aliens might look like and how aliens might survive on planets with different sizes, atmospheres and landscapes. Each of our five outdoor display boards represents a different planet.

The Heath Robinson Museum

Pinner Memorial Park, 50 West End Lane, Pinner HA5 1AE | Web: www.heathrobinsonmuseum.org 

Art by Heath Robinson

The permanent Heath Robinson exhibition combines original artwork with books, photographs, film and digital media to tell the full story of Heath Robinson’s artistic career.

Heath Robinson’s autobiography was called My Line of Life and the permanent exhibition draws on this theme to follow his career from art school in the 1890s to his last works made during the Second World War. It describes how, having established himself as a leading illustrator at the start of the 20th century, he was forced to turn to humorous drawing to maintain his income. He pursued both forms of art for several years, but humour eventually dominated. However, throughout his life he saw himself as a serious artist and painted landscapes and imagined scenes for his own enjoyment.

Young Victoria and Albert Museum

Japan: Myths to Manga Exhibition 2023 - Art Exhibit. Woodblock print The Treasure ship; Takarabune Hiroshige (1797-1858) Japan Ca. 1840 CREDIT: Akarma
Woodblock print The Treasure ship; Takarabune Hiroshige (1797-1858) Japan Ca. 1840 Image: Akarma

Japan: Myths to Manga Exhibition
Runs until 8th September 2024
Young Victoria and Albert Museum, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA | Tickets £10 (concessions available) | Exhibition details and booking information here

Take an exciting and atmospheric trip through Japan – and explore how landscape and folklore have influenced Japanese art, technology and design, with the Japan: Myths to Manga Exhibition at the Young Victoria and Albert Museum in East London.

Tthis child-friendly exhibition, is set across four sections – Sky, Sea, Forest, and City – and showcases how each setting has been the context for some of Japan’s most popular and beloved creations, including anime, manga, fashion, film, robots, and photography.

Bowness-on-Windermere

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival Exhibition 2024
Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria – TBA

The annual Lakes International Comic Art Festival wil feature tie-in exhibitions during its annual event, 27th – 29th September 2024

Bovington

The Tank Museum - Tanks for the Memories: The Tank in Popular Culture

The Tank Museum brings the story of tanks and their crews to life. Exhibitions sometimes include comic-related items. The Museum owns a collection of “Charley’s War” pages from Battle.

Chester

Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester CH1 2AR | Web: storyhouse.com

Ditchling, East Sussex

Bloomin’ Brilliant: The Life and Work of Raymond Briggs

Bloomin’ Brilliant: The Life and Work of Raymond Briggs
Runs until Sunday 27th October 2024
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP.
Exhibition details

A new exhibition featuring never-seen-before items and artworks from one of the UK´s most beloved author illustrators in the part of East Sussex that he made his home.

Bloomin’ Brilliant: The Life and Work of Raymond Briggs is a highly personal show that will bring together 30 items from the late author’s estate with over 100 original artworks from his 60-year career.

Dundee

Tower Building
University of Dundee, Nethergate Dundee DD1 4HN | Exhibitions Information

Previous exhibitions include Sydney Jordan retrospective – read our news story about the opening night and a preview of some of the art on display (If you’re a Jeff Hawke fan, check out the Jeff Hawke Fan Club here)

Bonus: Here’s a virtual tour of Ian Kennedy – Celebrating a Comics Legend, which ran in early 2023

Ian Kennedy (1932-2022) is a legend in British comics. Acclaimed and respected by fans and fellow artists, his career in comics spanned over 70 years. Ian left behind a huge legacy that will continue to inspire comics fans for generations to come. We are delighted to present this exhibition featuring a selection of original art from Ian’s studio and from the collections of DC Thomson.

Read James Bacon’s review of this exhibition right here on downthetubes

• Watch: A guided tour by comics expert and Abertay University lecturer Phillip Vaughan showcasing highlights of the exhibition Ian Kennedy: Celebrating a Comics Legend in the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee, given at a special event on 3rd March 2023 in the company of members of Ian’s family, former friends and colleagues and comics fans.

Herne Bay

The Seaside Musuem
12 William Street Herne Bay | Web: theseasidemuseumhernebay.org

Has hosted cartoon-related exhibitions as part of the annual Herne Bay Cartoon Festival.

Hull

Brew Cafe
76 Bond Street, Hull, HU1 3EN | Web: www.brewhull.co.uk

Liverpool

The Beatles in Comics
The Liverpool Beatles Museum is at 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool L2 6RE | Web: liverpoolbeatlesmuseum.com | Facebook | Twitter

Liverpool Beatles Museum - Beatles in Comics

The Beatles in Comics permanent exhibition features over 100 examples of the band from newspaper cartoons, strips and comic books from 1963 to the present day.

The exhibition is open to the general public and well worth the trek to the third floor of this most authentic and delightful of museums to all things Fab.

Milngavie

Detail from original artwork for Judge Dredd by Colin MacNeil, published in 2000AD, 2011 © Rebellion)
Detail from original artwork for Judge Dredd by Colin MacNeil, published in 2000AD, 2011 © Rebellion)

‘Comics Stripped’ and the ‘Young People’s Exhibition 2024
Runs until are on until 15 August 2024, The Lillie Art Gallery – Station Road, Milngavie, G62 8BZ
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00 – 5.00pm. Admission is free | For more venue information, call 0141 956 5536 or visit edlc.co.uk/venues/lillie-art-gallery

An exhibition exploring how comics are created. Oor WullieJudge Dredd and Rupert the Bear are at the ‘art’ of this free exhibition which focuses on comic strips and creators in Scotland this summer. This is the first time this exhibition has been shown anywhere other than Dundee and is an exclusive, expanded version.

As a bonus, you can also check out the “Young People’s Exhibition 2024” – showcasing amazing comics, graphics and works produced by budding artists who have been taking part in East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust’s Get Creative Saturday Art Classes. It’s also on at the Lillie until 15th August.

“Comics Stripped!” focuses on the production of comics and how the process has changed over time. As well as stunning artwork, the exhibition also features fascinating examples of printing plates, corrections, colour proofs and more. 

Read our related new story

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Northampton

The Panel Gallery
3 Abington Square, Northampton NN1 4AE | Opening hours Tuesday to Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm) | Free | Web: thepanelgallery.com

The Panel Gallery is the first art gallery in the UK to specialise in original comic art. Showcasing comic art from Marvel, DC Comics, 2000AD and many more publishers.

Opening to the public in 2021, Jeff Chahal, the owner and curator of the gallery, has always felt that comic art doesn’t receive the respect that it should, which ultimately lead to the idea of starting Panel Gallery so that comic artwork might at last be showcased in a fitting environment.

Having worked in comic retail for 20 years, and with a background of running the hugely respected NICE Comic Con in Bedford, Jeff applies the same criteria to both his comic convention and the new Panel Gallery. For him, it is essential that the focus of both are on the art itself and also on all those that are involved in the creative process of producing comic books.

Rugby

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Little Elborow Street, Rugby, CV21 3BZ | Telephone 01788 533201 | Web: ragm.co.uk/kapow

Hosted Kapow – The Art of Making Comics and Film in 2023 featuring a wide range of comic art, including work by Frank Bellamy, Ben Oliver, Frank Quitely and many others.

Read James Bacon’s review of KAPOW

Shrewsbury

Comics Salopia: Shrewsbury Comics Trail
Free. The Shrewsbury Comics Trail is a brilliant idea combining nine life sized art pieces created by ten world famous comic artists and writers. Read our news story

• Sign up to the Facebook Group The Shrewsbury Comics Trail to stay up to date with the latest news, or follow the project on social media

Southport

The Atkinson
Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB and online at theatkinson.co.uk | Facebook | Instagram | X
Free Entry | Monday – Saturday. 10am – 4pm | Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays.
Plan your visit here

Hosts a permanent “Dan Dare” exhibition in honour of creator Frank Hampson, who lived and worked with his team in Southport when the Eagle comic launched.

"Is there any news of the iceberg?" - cartoon by Bill Tidy
“Is there any news of the iceberg?” – cartoon by Bill Tidy

Bill Tidy: “Is there any news of the iceberg?”
Saturday 8th June 2024  –  Saturday 5th October 2024

The late cartoonist, TV personality and author Bill Tidy MBE lived for many happy years in Southport. This exhibition pays tribute to the comic genius who gave us “The Cloggies” and “The Fosdyke Saga”, as well as countless other cartoons in our national newspapers and magazines.

Woodstock

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN | Registered Charity No. 1145408 | Web: sofo.org.uk | Facebook | Instagram | X

Temporary and permanent exhibitions often with strong illustration themes.

The Art of The Great War
Runs from 25th June until 29th September 2024

Make Mine Manga

Make Mine Manga Exhibition 2023

Make Mine Manga, a free, touring exhibition for anyone curious about manga, as well as the avid fan. 

The exhibition explores the origins of manga in Japan, the creative techniques behind the art and the wonder of Manga-Anime. The exhibition features artwork from incredible creators from Japan and UK manga creators.

The exhibition has been specially created by Paul Gravett, comic publisher, fan and author of Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics, and has been led by Bolton Library Services, on behalf of a consortium of libraries in the North West. It’s been funded by Arts Council England under its Project Grants scheme and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is one of the delivery partners.

Manga have become a pop-culture phenomenon in the UK and, if you’ve been into any branch of Waterstones, or your local comic shop, you probably already know more and more people are reading them; and six of the top ten bestselling graphic novelists in Britain are by Japanese manga authors.

In this exhibition, visitors will be able explore how these comics evolved first in Japan and how their brilliant creators continue to expand the medium, and discover today’s generation of award-winning British talents making manga their own way into a truly global language.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is an annual comic art Festival and advocate for comic art. Established in 2013, the not-for-profit festival takes place annually over a weekend in the Autumn, originally in Kendal, and, since last year, in multiple venues in Bowness-on-Windermere.

• For the latest information on the Make Mine Manga Exhibition head to manchestercityofliterature.com/event/make-mine-manga-exhibition

LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL: ONLINE MAKE MINE MANGA RESOURCES

• How to draw manga with Inko
• How to draw manga with Chie 
• Manga colouring

Make Mine Manga Exhibition Tour dates

Kendal Library
Stricklandgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4PY, UK
2nd September – 18th October 2024

Thought Bubble in Leeds libraries
28th October to 13th December 2024

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