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10 May 2018 - 30 September 2018

Forthcoming exhibition

Astérix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny

10 May 2018 - 30 September 2018

Asterix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny is an immersive and playful exhibition that explores the unique imagination of the co-creator of the Astérix comics. Goscinny’s story, from a childhood in Argentina to a glittering career that began in New York and flourished in Europe, is brought to life through rare original scripts, storyboards, tools, photographs, films, sketches and a little wild boar.

Forthcoming exhibition

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Talks and Tours

Asterix in Britain: Curator’s Talks
Wednesday, 2-2.30pm
30 May, 27 June, 25 July, 29 August and 26 September
Discover the behind the scenes story of Rene Goscinny and his beloved comics.

Who Has the Last Laugh? Curator’s Talks
Wednesday 3 - 3.30pm
18 July, 15 August, 12 September
Discover some of the cartoons and caricatures usually kept in storage. Our Curator will look at the stories behind the images, some of which go back to the 18th century.

The Jewish Joke
31 May, 7-8pm
Author Devorah Baum shares the hilarious history of the Jewish joke. It is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as 'funny'? And how old can a joke get?

Art is My Weapon: Lin Jaldati’s Political Satire
20 June, 7-8pm
Historian David Shneer introduces Lin Jaldati, a Dutch Jewish cabaret performer who used political satire and fierce activism to advocate for change throughout her life. Her remarkable story is brought to life through rare photographs, archival footage, and live performances of her repertoire.

Asterix in Translation
28 June, 7-8pm
Oliver Kamm, leader writer and columnist for The Times and son of the literary translator Anthea Bell, reflects on how Asterix has become an icon of British humour. Anthea Bell’s translations of Asterix are acclaimed for their distinctive English wordplay while retaining the spirit of the French originals.


Live Demonstrations and Workshops

Comic Book Artists in Residence
8 July – 23 September 2018, Tuesday and Sunday, 1-4pm, except for Saturday 8, Thursday 13 and 20 September which have moved for Jewish Festivals.
See leading comic artists in action as they work on their own cartoons and respond to the galleries and visitors – you may end up as a work of art yourself! Artists include Zoom Rockman, Lucie Arnoux, Tasreen Rahman and Tom Berry etc. Check for the latest details on who will be drawing during your visit.

How to Draw Anything
Adults, 26 July 7 – 8.30pm
Rediscover the natural instinct for expressing yourself through drawing, and along the way discover how drawing can give clarity to your thoughts, trigger memories, invigorate passions and solve problems. Led by Chris Wilson, one of the founding members of Scriberia, and author of "How to Draw Anything". No previous drawing experience necessary!

Autobiographical Comic Book Workshop
28 July, 2-3.30pm
Learn how you can tell your own story through words and images. Led by Dr Sarah Lightman, an artist, scholar, curator and Eisner- award-winning author.


Late Events

Laydeez do Comics
13 August, 6-9pm
Launched in July 2009 by artists Nicola Streeten and Sarah Lightman, LDC is the first women-led graphic novel forum in the UK. Hear from Corinne Pearlman, Creative Director of Myriad Editions, speaking about their latest publication, ‘The Inking Woman’, celebrating 250 years of the work of women cartoonists in Britain.

Pow! Bam! Oy! Comic Book Late
30 August, 6-9pm
A comic book themed extravaganza, featuring live artist demos, workshops and a prize for the best dressed!

Brit(ish) Comedy Show
6 September, 7-9pm
Asterix found much to laugh about when he came to visit the Isles – but how do we feel about Britishness today? These diverse comics will be tackling the topics of identity, patriotism and Brexit! In collaboration with Good Ship Comedy.