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The Northern Festival of Illustration

1st June 2019 @ 10:00 am - 15th September 2019 @ 6:00 pm

The award-winning Northern Festival of Illustration is showcasing world-renowned illustrators, cartoonists and comic artists when it returns to Hartlepool in 2019 including the first showing outside of London of a series of legendary illustrations from the best-selling 1970s sex manual, The Joy of Sex.


The exhibition which runs from 1 June – 15 September will feature a range of Chris Foss’ black-and-white illustrations for Dr Alex Comfort’s world-renowned book, alongside a range of other renowned illustrators and artists including illustrator and comic artist Tor Freeman, a previous winner of the prestigious Maurice Sendak Fellowship, whose books include the Digby Dog series.


Also showing are illustrators Thomas Chamberlain-Keen and Axel Sauerwald from Atomhawk which creates concept art for Marvel, Aardman, Warner Bros amongst others, graphic artist, Jimmy Turrell and illustrator Rob Flowers, whose work is defined by a bold, distinctive style featuring bubblegum colours, eccentric characters, and grotesque humour.


The Festival will also announce the winners of the first-ever ‘The Northern Illustration Prize’ which has attracted submissions from around the world and kindly supported by The Gillian Dickinson Trust.


Organised by the north east’s only specialist art and design school, The Northern School of Art, this is the third outing for the biennial Northern Festival of Illustration which takes place at Hartlepool Art Gallery and other venues across the Tees Valley. The two previous festivals attracted over 73,000 visitors.


Kindly sponsored by Arts Council England (Lottery Funded), The Northern School of Art, Hartlepool Borough Council, Sir James Knott Trust, Tees Valley Combined Authority, northern print, Newspaper Club, Association of Illustrators.


1st June 2019 @ 10:00 am
15th September 2019 @ 6:00 pm


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