‘Ten Years to Save the World’ international comic exhibition opens in Manchester in response to the climate crisis

First exhibited in Kendal during the recent Lakes International Comic Art Festival, a new exhibition, Ten Years to Save the World, opens in Manchester on Monday (1st November 2021), showcasing comic artwork and storytelling created in response to the climate crisis by leading comic artists in the UK and the Philippines.

The free exhibition, held to coincide with COP26, is being held at SeeSaw, in Princess Street, and will run until Tuesday 12th November.

Ten Years to Save the World Exhibition - SeeSaw Manchester 1st - 12th November 2021. Photo courtesy Creative Concern
Photo courtesy Creative Concern

The Ten Years to Save the World comics tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time including ocean pollution, deforestation, plastics, green washing, corporate corruption, climate justice and the anxiety caused from living with the realities of climate change.

The sequential art created by ten internationally celebrated artists – Manix Abrera, Kajo Baldisimo with Budjette Tan, Sayra Begum, Darren Cullen, Ren Galeno, Emiliana Kampilan, Kevin Eric Raymundo, Zoom Rockman, Jack Teagle and Clarice Tudor – demonstrates the power of comics to stimulate climate change action.

Aimed at 18 to 24 year olds, but with a powerful message for us all, the project is a collaboration between Manchester-based climate change communications specialists Creative Concern, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Komiket in the Philippines.

The project is one of the British Council’s Creative Commissions, exploring climate change through art, science and digital technology. The commissions aim to stimulate global conversations about climate change and to inspire transformational change.

Ten Years to Save the World - art by Jack Teagle
Art by Jack Teagle

It is an incredible showcase for the diversity and power of comics. Crucially, the work has been informed and shaped by young people from both countries, who took part in online discussions to develop the brief for the artists.

The Ten Years to Save the World comics can also be read and shared for free online at 10yearstosavetheworld.com

Climate Action Targets by Clarice Tudor
“Climate Action Targets” by Clarice Tudor

“The project has an urgent message,” says Julie Tait, Director of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. “We have ten years to make the big changes required to save our planet, it’s as simple as that.

“This digital anthology, we hope, demonstrates the important role art and specifically comic art can play in responding to the climate crisis. The partners in this project believe that comics can change the world and now, more than ever, we need to use their strength as a force for good.”

Chris Dessent of climate change communications agency Creative Concern said: “We want people to read and share these comics and the big issues they explore. Our hope is that this will lead to more climate action and more engagement in these urgent issues. Our belief is that knowledge is power and that comics are the ideal art form to help bring the climate crisis to a wider audience.”

• Ten Years to Save the World – Act Now

• Ten Years to Save the World exhibition, 1st – 12th November 2021, SeeSaw, 86 Princess St, Manchester M1 6NG | Open Monday to Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm and Sunday 11.00am – 5.00pm

Komiket is online at www.komiket.orgFollow Komiket on Twitter @komiketph

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival runs 14th to 16th October 2022 in Bowness-in-Windermere and is online at: www.comicartfestival.com 

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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