Five Bridges
Kendal 10th October 2016: Ahead of Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival this weekend (14th – 16th October), some of the event’s Exhibitions are open, with others to follow on 12th October.

Beatrix Potter Reimagined, which runs until 28th October 2016 is open now at Kendal Library, as are Making a Scene at the Brewery Arts Centre featuring the work of world renowned artist Ken Niimura (who designed this year’s Festival poster and is a guest), and Young, Talented And Beautiful – Five Rising Stars from Japan. The latter features work handpicked for their distinctive voices by Ken Niimura, five rising stars from Japan bring their artwork to the UK for the first time – Est EmTakehito MoriizumiTsuchika NishimuraKeigo Shinzo and Miki Yamamoto.

Opening at the Wildman Gallery on Wednesday is Silence / Hiljaisuus, an exhibition of original graphic novel art by Hanneriina Moisseinen from Finland, which runs until 12th November 2016; and  Five Bridges: Stories of the Flood, an exhibition at Kendal Museum featuring art by Mike Medaglia, Lisa Woynarski and Farokh Soltani.

Beyond Kendal, Phono+Graphic, an exhibition of vinyl record covers designed by leading comic strip artists curated by comic-book supremo and Festival patron Sean Phillips, runs at the Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Brampton Road, Carlisle until 17th November, opening on Thursday 13th October.

Five Bridges: Stories of the Flood

Five Bridges: Stories of the Flood is a unique comics exhibition where the human stories of flooding are depicted through comics and brought to life in a dynamic audio performance.

“Five Bridges represents an exciting experiment that merges comic art with oral storytelling,”Mike Medaglia explains. “It came out of a desire to tell the human stories behind the devastating flooding in Cumbria in 2015. We spoke to a number of local people to gather their different experiences and view points in hopes of connecting this event to larger environmental contexts.”

Featuring five different stories of people who experienced the flooding, it tells the human stories behind the flooding of the River Kent which devastated parts of Kendal. Highlighting the wider picture of the interrelatedness of all human/nature relationships, these stories provide a human experience to the often abstract and complex issue of climate change. After experiencing the stories from the flood, audience members will have a chance to contribute their own responses, drawing a self-portrait and telling their own stories, adding to and growing the exhibition.

“We are pleased with how the exhibition came together and are looking forward to responses from the people of Kendal,” Mike continues. “More than that, though, we are excited to see how Five Bridges will grow as people add their own stories of flooding, expanding and enriching our understanding of the impact of this event.”

Sponsored by local business Atlantis Kitchens, the exhibition has five stations where visitors put on headphones and are guided through the five different accounts of the floods, moving between panels as the interviews progress.

“The five stories are from a range of people living in Kendal, of different age groups and professions, so each give a unique angle on the experience of flooding,” says Mike. “Then, after viewing the exhibition, attendees are encouraged to draw a little portrait and write their own experience of flooding or extreme weather connected to climate change.

“Through this the exhibition will grow and evolve while it is on. In the room there will be an atmospheric soundtrack playing of wind, rain and water; while around the room there will be bits of art marking the history of flooding in Kendal.”

One of the stories comes from the perspective of Graham Standring, an area ranger with theLake District National Park, who has been actively involved in the flood recovery work across the park. “Through Five Bridges, people will be able to hear how the floods affected communities in the National Park and how we’re beginning to repair our footpaths and bridges that are used by millions of people every year. We’ve been working hard to ensure the majority of the park was open and accessible ahead of the summer, but there’s still repair work to be done.

“One thing remains unchanged though – you will always find a warm welcome in the Lake District.”

Beyond Kendal’s exhibition venues, Kendal is of course already awash with comics-inspired art, displayed in many local businesses windows as part if the Windows on Comic Art Trail which features work by comic artists from across the globe, local school children and community groups.

The Weekend Starts Here!

The Festival weekend launches from 1.00pm on Friday for early arrivers, when Knockabout Comics open their “Malt Room of Mischief” at the Brewry Arts Centre. In the evening, a battle royal is on the cards as comic creators argue the case for their favourite of two cartoon greats –Asterix or Tintin?

This launch event in partnership with Lancaster University will include contributions key comic artists, celebrities and others, including TV chat show host Jonathan Ross, comedians Alan Carr and Jack Whitehall and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcy Bussell! The night will also feature the announcement of the new Comics Laureate, taking over from Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, who has been busy recently working on a terrific new range of graphic novels for children with Oxford University Press.

• For more information on all the Festival’s exhibitions visitwww.comicartfestival.com/the-festival/exhibitions

• The 2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival Programme is available to view and download here

• In a hurry? Here’s the Festival in a Flash!

Web Links

• Buy your Festival tickets now from The Brewery, Kendal – www.breweryarts.co.uk(Social media short link – http://bit.ly/LICAF16-Tickets) | Box Office 01539 725133 | Email
Festival-related imagery for publicity purposes is available from the Festival Flickr page
• For all events information visit the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site:www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest
• For more information on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, contact: Julie Tait: julie@kendalartsinternational.com

Five Bridges Exhibition Art

Five Bridges Exhibition Art
Five Bridges art
Five Bridges Exhibition Art
Five Bridges art
Five Bridges Exhibition Art
Five Bridges art
Beatrix Potter Reimagined by Duncan Fegredo
Beatrix Potter Reimagined by Duncan Fegredo
Beatrixpotting Reimagined by Luke McGarry
Beatrixpotting Reimagined by Luke McGarry

Festival in a Flash!

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Logo
Tickets for the main events at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival are on sale now – and a special “Clash of the Toon Titans“, pitting Tintin against Asterix, will launch this year’s weekend-long celebrations in October.
Guests include: Charlie AdlardEdmond BaudoinRoberto BartualJordi Bernet, Dan BerryAdam BrockbankKate Charlesworth, Dave CraneRufus DaygloJoe DecieOliver EastThe Etherington BrothersDuncan FegredoRobin FurthTom GauldIsabel Greenberg, Ben HeggartyIlyaJoe KellySally KindbergPaula KnightAidan KochOlivier KuglerBryan Lee O’MalleyJohn MartzLuke McGarry and Steve McGarryDave McKeanMick McMahonLeah Moore and John Reppion.  Ken NiimuraBenoît PeetersSean PhillipsPaco RocaMartin RowsonFrank SantoroJade SarsonGilbert SheltonNicola StreetenBryan TalbotMary M. TalbotPaul ThomasCraig ThompsonUnaEmma Vieceli, the VIZ team, Tillie WaldenIan Williams and Connor Willumsen.
Joining this growing list of top international and British comics guests, in partnership with The Finnish Institute of London , will be artists Hanneriina Moisseinen , Virpi Oinonen , Ville RantaJohanna Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen , along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta , the latter part of the Comics in Concert project.
The festival features comic artists from around the world, as well as performance, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, master classes, live drawing and independent retailers and publishers. The events programme is bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life.
This year’s presenters are Warren BernardHannah BerryChris ButcherAlex FitchJohn FreemanMel GibsonPaul GravettPeter Kessler, John McShane and Chris Thompson.
A free Family Zone provides drop-in activities for all ages, alongside a series of fantastic workshops for kids and teenagers. The Lakes International Comic Art Festival brings the town together for a weekend to celebrate the amazing world of comic art. Among others, you’ll find Bunny and ChipOrson and Geoffrey (ZEEL) CouplandRobert DeasPaul Harrison-DaviesMarc JacksonLancaster Guardian cartoonist Jack KnightJoe Matthews of Funny Monster ComicsGraham Pearce (creator of Sgt Mike Battle), Sloth Comics,  Aidan SaundersJordan Vigay and Wizard’s Keep!
Exhibitors in the Comics Clock Tower “marketplace” and the Brewery Malt Room for 2016 include All Things ThomJoe Bailey Sculpture & DesignKathryn BriggsKeith BurnsSilvia CarrusJames ChapmanThe Cartoonists’ Club of Great BritainClockwork Watch FilmsZu Dominiak, EdieOPGary ErskineFungiiGet Well GamersSarah GraleyHappy Space SlothDaisy HillyardHitsville UKInk Splattery, the Jeff Hawke ClubDaisy HillyardLuke HydeTom KindleyRoger LangridgeJoe LathamDavid LeachLines of EnquiryAimee LockwoodAurora MelchorMidnight MilkAdam MurphyNever Ever AfterStray LinesRichard SwanThis Man, This Pete!Tiny PencilAmanda Eleanor TribbleMyfanwy TristramUniversity of Cumbria Comic Book CollectiveTom WardDan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard, Chris Welch, Andrew WildmanJennifer Winetrobe and Aneurin Wright.
Plus, look out for publishers Arctic Ring ComicsDisconnected PressFanfare/Ponent MonHumanoidsMyriad EditionsThe Phoenix, Self Made Hero, Soaring Penguin Press, TPub Comics and Wobbly Rock.
Retailers in the Clock Tower this year are First Age Comics, Forbidden Planet International, Imagination Station, Knot Like That, Orbital Comics and Page 45

Check out our “Festival in a Flash page for a quick run through of every ticketed event

• Buy your tickets now from The Brewery, Kendal – www.breweryarts.co.uk (Social media short link – http://bit.ly/LICAF16-Tickets) | Box Office 01539 725133 | Email
Event ident images for all tickets events are up on the Festival Flickr page

• For all events information visit the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site:www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

• For more information on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, contact: Julie Tait: julie@kendalartsinternational.com

Festival Sponsors and Benefactors

Arts Council LogoThe Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Boulet, Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli, and Stephen L. Holland, owner of the award-winning independent comic shop Page 45 in Nottingham.
The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is supported by South Lakeland District Council, Kendal BID and Kendal Town Council
Our main sponsors are comiXology, Westmorland Shopping Centre, Choose Cumbria and the University of Cumbria. Our founder partners are the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College.
We are also supported by The Finnish Institute in London, Wallonie Bruxelles International, Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, Santander, Knockabout Press,Fanfare Press, GB Sasakawa Foundation, National Cartoonists Society, Premier Inn and Wacom.

Festival Charity: OCD Action

OCD Action LogoThe Lakes International Comic Art Festival is proud to be supporting the work of OCD Action. As the UK’s largest and most comprehensive OCD charity, OCD Action is able to provide accurate and up-to-date information on OCD and related conditions. The charity runs a helpline, advocacy service, support group network and forum to help people with the disorder, and also works to raise awareness in the media and campaigns to improve access to quality treatment for OCD.
• For more information about OCD Action visit www.ocdaction.org.uk

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Art by Jordi Bernet, one of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival guests for 2016
Art by Jordi Bernet, one of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival guests for 2016
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