UK’s first dedicated comic art gallery to open in Northampton

The opening exhibition at Panel Gallery on Abington Square, Northampton – the UK’s first dedicated comic art gallery – will include pieces by some of the world’s best artists in the medium.

Panel Gallery, Northampton - Opening Event 28th November 2021 - Small
The opening event for the Panel Galley in Northampton. Click here for a larger image

The Panel Gallery opens its doors on Saturday 4th December 2021, and the featured art will consist of works by Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Esad Ribic, Adi Granov, Alan Davis, John Bolton, Glenn Fabry and many more.

Exhibitions to follow will include art for sale.

  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton
  • Panel Gallery, Northampton

With comics now embedded in the modern world as a mainstay of multiple entertainment platforms, the gallery’s curator Jeff Chahal says “We feel it’s time the people that create the rich worlds that so many enjoy visiting get the recognition they so rightly deserve.”

Jeff Chahal
Jeff Chahal

Jeff, the organiser of the annual NICE comic convention, says he has seen an increase in interest in comic art over the last few years.

“The box office success of films based on the Marvel and DC universes means lots of people are interested in owning artwork featuring their favourite characters. We look forward to introducing the creative forces that drive the global juggernauts that so many enjoy to a much wider audience.

“I’ve been planning to open the gallery for some time now,” he continued, “but the COVID-19 pandemic means that it’s only now that it has become a reality. I’m delighted that we’ll be opening the doors to the public in time for Christmas.”

• Opening Saturday 4th December 2021, The Panel Gallery is at 3 Abington Square, Northampton NN1 4AE | Web: TBA | Tel: 01604 470100 E-Mail: enquiries@thepanelgallery.com

Mike Glyer has a review of the opening exhibition here on File770

All photos courtesy and © Jeff Chahal

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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2 replies

  1. “UK’s first dedicated comic art gallery” What about the cartoon museum?

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