Sir Ridley Scott’s work to feature in Hartlepool art festival

A shot from Ridley Scott's 1965 Boy & Bicycle film in Lynn Street, West Hartlepool
A shot from Ridley Scott's 1965 Boy & Bicycle film in Lynn Street, West Hartlepool
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A hugely popular art festival is set to return to Hartlepool - and it will feature original work from Sir Ridley Scott which is normally kept in Los Angeles.

Hartlepool’s Festival of Illustration was first held two years ago and was led by Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD).

Reg Smythe.

Reg Smythe.

It is on the way back next month and will include the artistic works of Hollywood director Sir Ridley Scott and a talk by Andy Capp cartoonist, Lawrence Goldsmith.

Watch out too for an exhibition celebratins the life and work of the man behind the internationally popular and long-running cartoon Andy Capp, which coincides with both the 60th anniversary of the first publication as well as what would have been cartoonist Reg Smythe’s 100th birthday.

The 2015 festival saw more than 8,000 visitors come along.

This year, organisers are expecting the free event to be even bigger.

We are especially pleased to celebrate one of our most illustrious alumni, Sir Ridley Scott. He has very kindly allowed us to exhibit some of his own original artworks, normally held in an archive in LA

Pat Chapman

In collaboration with Hartlepool Borough Council, Hartlepool will become the home of world-renowned illustrators, cartoonists and comic artists from June 3 to August 29.

There will be exhibitions at Hartlepool Art Gallery and the Museum of Hartlepool as well as a series of talks on Saturday, June 3, to launch the festival.

Leading it all will be a a selection of original drawings from Alien and Gladiator director Sir Ridley Scott from his time as a student at the college. They will be unveiled to the public for the first time.

Ridley Scott is sending original drawings from Boy and Bicycle, his first film, which was recorded in Hartlepool and Seaton Carew, and Black Hawk Down.

Sir Ridley Scott.

Sir Ridley Scott.

Laurence Goldsmith, who currently writes and colours the Andy Capp cartoon will discuss the Hartlepool legend and his career as a cartoonist.

Pat Chapman, head of employability and external relations, said: “This is an important year for both Hartlepool and the college with the opening of our new teaching studios at 1 Church Street, the initial development of our film and TV studios - The Bus Sheds on Lynn Street.

“The council will revitalise Church Street and create a wonderful new setting for Christ Church. The Festival is all about bringing people to the historic heart of the town.

“We are especially pleased to celebrate one of our most illustrious alumni, Sir Ridley Scott. He has very kindly allowed us to exhibit some of his own original artworks, normally held in an archive in LA.

Gerald Scarfe.

Gerald Scarfe.

“These, together with a wonderful collection of replica props and costumes from his movies displayed in the gallery space at 1 Church Street, are a fitting tribute in the year Sir Ridley has returned to the Alien story.”

David Worthington, head of culture and information at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “We are honoured to yet again be working with CCAD for this year’s Festival of Illustration. The works of some of the finest artists of our generation will be on show in Hartlepool and we really hope that people young and old don’t miss the chance to see some world-class artwork.”

Also on display as part of the exhibition at the Hartlepool Art Gallery will be a series of artworks from artists including Gruffalo-illustrator, Axel Scheffler, Gerald Scarfe, satirical cartoonist for the Sunday Times, and former Wallace and Gromit illustrator, Stuart Trotter, who now authors and illustrates Rupert Bear.

More about the festival.

The Festival will have the theme of Exploration of Identity through Illustration’.

There will be illustration workshops and activities for all ages in libraries across the Tees Valley. They will focus on books and illustration to coincide with the Crossing the Tees Book Festival

Tattoo art will also be featured. CCAD alumni Callum Griffith and Melissa Scott will perform a live body illustration throughout Saturday, June 3.

They work in Apostle Tattoo Studios on Church Street in Hartlepool which is owned by another CCAD alumunus, Hartlepool raised Alex ‘Tallboy’ Williamson who also owns the successful Secret Soc13ty tattoo studio in Brighton. The newly created tattoo studio on Church Square, Hartlepool will be open during the festival.

Print and illustration workshops are planned with Northern Print.

Book making workshops with Northumbrian graphic artist Daniel Weatheritt will be held for people to learn how to make a zine, develop traditional drawing skills through a series of illustration challenges and experiment with mixed media materials.

An exhibition is planned which celebrates the life and work of the man behind the internationally popular and long-running cartoon Andy Capp, which coincides with both the 60th anniversary of the first publication of Andy Capp in the Northern edition of the Daily Mirror as well as what would have been cartoonist Reg Smythe’s 100th birthday.