Hartlepool art gallery show proves a big draw

Sophie McNay tries her hand on the live 'drawing wall'.
Sophie McNay tries her hand on the live 'drawing wall'.

The latest show at Hartlepool Art Gallery proved a big draw to visitors.

The Festival of Illustration, hosted by Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD), is major new international event, showcasing the work of some world-renowned artists, including many original pieces never previously on show to the public.

We have a wide variety of work on show from commercial graphic design to comics and the response from the public has been really enthusiastic.

Pat Chapman, CCAD

The show, which runs until July 4, includes more than 150 works of art from as far back as the 1950s and 60s and includes work from a wide range of artists, including Hartlepool-born Keith Robson, world-famous names such as Ralph Steadman, and celebrated comics artists such as Hunt Emerson.

The event was launched on Friday and Saturday saw an open day for families, with talks from Observer cartoonist and award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell and Marvel comics artist John McCrea, bot of whom also performed live demonstrations of their work.

And visitors were even able to try their own hand at graphic design, with London-based artists The Brothers of The Stripe taking part in a live ‘drawing wall’, and visitors invited to pick up pen and brush and have a go for themselves.

Pat Chapman, head of employability & enterprise at CCAD, said: “We are absolutely delighted that some world-renowned illustrators have come to Hartlepool, to meet people, to give talks about their careers, carry out demonstrations and to expose people to their work.

“We have a wide variety of work on show from commercial graphic design to comics and the response from the public has been really enthusiastic.”

The event is hosted by Cleveland College of Art & Design, in collaboration with Hartlepool Borough Council and Seven Stories.

It is a free month-long event and also includes an illustrators’ market, master classes, a street market, storytelling and workshops.