(with thanks to French Kiss Vintage for the news tip): As well as the ‘static’ exhibition in London, Tate Britain’s Rude Britannia exhibition has been on tour this Summer, and there are workshops and other events planned at two more festivals in the next few weeks.
• Camp Bestival (Ludworth Castel, Dorset, 30th July – 1st August):
Listen to an informal lecture by curator Cedar Lewisohn which explores the links between art and humour past and present. Inspired by Tate Britain’s exhibition Rude Britannia: British Comic Art the lecture will ask can art be funny? And if it can, what are the jokes about? There will also be a selection of films from the exhibition Rude Britannia: British Comic Art, jointly selected by Tate curators and comedian Harry Hill. The programme includes works by artists including Oliver Michael and Edwina Ashton, who tells the story of twig that works in a Library!
• The Big Chill (Eastnor Castle, Deer Park Hertfordshire, 5- 8 August): In the Words in Motion tent Tate Britain curator, Cedar Lewisohn and artist Doug Fishbone present a talk outlining the history, vision and artists of Rude Britannia. The event includes life drawing inspired by Benny Hill and the like!
Rude Britannia at Tate Britain, London charts the evolution of British Comic art, encompassing drawings, sculpture and film from the 1600’s through to modern day and runs until 5th September 2010. Admission is £10, concessions £6.
• More info at: www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/britishcomicart/default.shtm
• Tate Britain is at Millbank, London SW1P 4RG. Tel: 020 7887 8888 E-mail: email@example.com. Web: www.tate.org.uk/britain/. Entry is free except for major exhibitions. Open every day 10.00–18.00. Last admission to exhibitions
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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.