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Eastbourne Ashridge Circle|Founded 1947

Lecture Date: February 5, 2024

THE ART OF THE CARTOONIST

Speaker: HARRY VENNING - Illustrated

A rare insight into a singular art form by an accomplished exponent who reveals tricks of the trade with practical demonstrations on stage.

This talk traces the story of cartoons and cartoonists over the last 200 years – from Hogarth and Gilray to Herjé and Schulz – focusing on those artists who have made an abiding impression upon culture, language, history and (specifically, Harry says) himself.

There will be humour and historical narrative, supported by live drawing by Harry as he sheds light upon some of the tricks and techniques of the cartoonist’s trade. Harry’s cartoons have appeared in publications as diverse as “Mathematics Today,” Radio Times, “Music Teacher” and “The Stage.” For 25 years he provided the Guardian with the weekly strip cartoon “Clare in the Community” about an unaware and empathy-free social worker. This became a popular BBC Radio 4 sitcom which ran for twelve series, burnishing his additional credentials as a successful writer of comedy.

When not at his desk, he travels with his cartoon workshop, called “Release Your Inner Cartoonist,” touring schools, theatres, arts centres and festivals.

An accredited lecturer with the UK Arts Society, Harry is a previous winner of a Sony Radio Award for Comedy and a former UK Strip Cartoonist of the Year. However, despite all that, he cannot draw hands or horses (he admits).