Cartoon Museum launches Life on London Streets, a cartoon competition

New Cries of London by and © Ralph Steadman

New Cries of London by and © Ralph Steadman

In the 1960s, cartoonist Ralph Steadman created the ‘New Cries of London’ – a series of cartoons published in Private Eye that depict London’s mid-century streets and their traders – the street walkers, the touts, the waiters, the cabbies. He was inspired by Paul Sandby’s and Thomas Rowlandson’s 18th century depictions of street hawkers that reveal the diversity and distinctive identity of the city in this period, as well as its deprivation.

Modern day phenomena, like the privatisation of public space, Uber and the growing reliance – or addiction – to mobile phones, continue to alter our streets, so London’s Cartoon Museum has launched its Life on London Streets competition, to ask you to help them reveal the politics of our London thoroughfares through cartoon representations of the people that work, live and play the streets.

A shortlist of entries from each competition will be used to create a Cartoon Museum digital exhibition and display at the new Cartoon Museum that is due to launch in Spring 2019.

The winner, chosen by a judging panel, will win tickets to the launch of the new Cartoon Museum; annual membership to the new Cartoon Museum; and a Cartoon Creators’ Art Kit worth £100.

• To enter can send your single frame cartoons directly to the Museum by post, at Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH or via Instagram using the hashtag ‘#LNDST’. The deadline for submissions is Friday 28 September 2018. If posting your entry, please mark the back with ‘Life on London Streets’ and your name and contact details.

Please note the Museum will be unable to return any posted entries, so make sure you keep a copy!


• Ralph Steadman is online at and on Twitter @steadmanart

Full details of the competition here on the Cartoon Museum web site

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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