New university gallery welcomes comic strip heroes
An exhibition opening on Thursday at the new University of Cumbria Vallum Ditch Gallery, will feature the internationally acclaimed work of comic strip artist, Oliver East.
Oliver is one of a new wave of comic creators who takes both art and comics in uncharted directions. He gains his inspiration from walking long distances, along predetermined routes and creating comics that reflect on the experience.
Walking the Line will showcase some of the original artwork that Oliver made for The Homesick Truant's Cumbrian Yarn . Oliver walked over 140 miles in 10 stages from Arnside train station to Carlisle train station, keeping as close as possible to the 30 or so stations that form the Cumbrian Coastal Train Line.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a selection of work from staff and illustration students at the university who have produced their own comic strip 'walking' creations inspired by Oliver's methodology and approach.
Oliver will visit the Brampton Road campus on Thursday 15 October to officially open the exhibition. He will be accompanied by San Francisco based artist and comic book creator and educator Frank Santoro, who will deliver a talk and workshop for graphic design and illustration undergraduate students.
The exhibition has been curated in collaboration with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (LICAF). Now in its third year, the festival will be held in Kendal from Friday 16 – Sunday 18 October. A short film on Oliver's most recent project, Take Me Back To Manchester, in which he retraces a fantastical walk by an elephant and his keeper from Edinburgh to Manchester in spring 1872, will be showcased at the festival.
Walking the Line is open from Thursday 15 October – Thursday 12 November from 10.00am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday at the Vallum Ditch Gallery, University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Brampton Road, Carlisle.