Crowdfunding Spotlight: The Steve Dillon Exhibition

The daughter-in-law of the late, much admired and much-missed comic artist Steve Dillon has launched a GoFundMe campaign to secure funds to further develop the popular exhibition created in his memory.

The Panel Gallery - Steve Dillon Exhibition (2022). Photo by James Bacon
Steve Dillon art on display at The Panel Gallery last year

Since its launch in Northampton at the Panel Gallery last March, Tanya Celine has organised exhibitions of Steve’s work in Luton, at the Lawless comic convention in Bristol, and Bedford – and even put on two running the Steve Dillon Exhibition for over 18 months slightly different shows in Italy.

The exhibition consists of around 50 of Steve’s most iconic and loved original pages from 2000AD’s “Judge Dreddand “Rogue Trooper”, Doctor Who, Preacher, Hellblazer, Punisher and others.

“For any Steve Dillon fan, it really is quite something to be in a room filled with this work,” Tanya, wife of Steve’s son Mark, enthuses. “We do try and add in pages when we can get them framed or change things slightly to vary it up.”

Tanya is hoping to raise funds to take the non-profit exhibition on tour around the UK and beyond in Steve’s memory, supplemented by monies raised from the sale of limited edition, fully authorised merchandise such as t-shirts featuring Steve’s work. A permanent storage space for the art between exhibitions is also being sought.

Early Steve Dillon art on display at Lawless 2023. Photo: Richard Sheaf
Early Steve Dillon art on display at Lawless 2023. Photo: Richard Sheaf

“We have big plans for next year,” says Tanya. “We’re hoping to make it to Glasgow, Enniskillin, Dublin, [NICE in] Luton, and Thought Bubble, if accepted.”

Despite working full time and raising a young family, Tanya and Mark have delighted Steve’s many fans with the exhibitions organised to date, keeping his legacy alive, “which is nice, as I think we can all agree that he was taken too soon.”

Steve passed in 2016, aged just 54.

The GoFundMe will fund the printing of limited edition t-shirts, framing, travel, insurance and, hopefully, enable securing a proper storage space for the exhibition.

Some of the awesome images that will be available to purchase at conventions as prints/T-shirts with your support

“Currently, it’s very time consuming trying to dig frames out from under beds/sofas and from under loads of coats at the back of wardrobes,” Tanya says, “ and it’s a matter of time before something gets damaged.

“Hopefully this fundraiser will give us a good kickstart and the merchandise can help to continue to bring in money for us to keep putting back into the exhibition so we can continue to tour it.

“Eventually we would love to take it to both Australia and America before ending the tour in a few years time, which will also require shipping but I can’t think that far ahead right now.”

If you’re a fan of Steve Dillon’s work, have seen the exhibition, or would like to see it in future, then check out The Steve Dillon Exhibition GoFundMe here.

If you can spare even £1 to help, that would be amazing,” says Tanya. “Every little helps and we absolutely understand that everyone is under financial pressure currently, so if you can’t donate then please share with anyone you think would like to know about us!”

Steve Dillon Exhibition GoFundMe Page

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