Exhibition Talks and Workshops

 The following events are themed around our exciting exhibition 

The Art of Making Comics and Films

11 June - 9 September 2023

This exhibition explains how Comics and Films are made through the ideas; character creation; rough visual concepts; storyboards and the final production. It will also look at how they are similar and how they are different to produce a visual story that hopefully can be considered Art.

MANGA  Drawing Workshop with artist Chie Kutsuwanda

Saturday July 1 

10.30am – 12 noon
£16 each
Ages 12+ *see note

This beginner's guide to Manga will enable participants to acquire basic manga drawing skills under the guidance of a professional manga artist. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises, participants will develop their skills while learning about Manga as an art form and discovering its distinctive features.  

This workshop is aimed at people who are starting to approach the art of manga and no previous drawing experience is required.

* children under the age of 12 may attend with an adult if they have sufficient drawing skills to take part in the workshop.

Draw your own 4-panel MANGA page  

Saturday 1 July 

1.30pm – 3.00pm
£16 each
Ages 12+

Create your own Manga page under the guidance of a professional Manga artist, Chie Kutsuwanda.

In Japan Yon-koma Manga is one of the very popular formats of Manga and is the basis of story creation. Participants will explore some unique manga techniques and create a Yon-Koma Manga strip.

This workshop requires a degree of experience, however people attending the first workshop will have acquired enough knowledge to be able to attend this second workshop.
* children under the age of 12 may attend with an adult if they have sufficient drawing skills to take part in the workshop.

About the artist

Chie Kutsuwada was born and brought up in Japan. After graduating from the printmaking department of the Royal College of Art, London, she is now based in Brighton, working as a professional manga artist. Her work Moonlight (2008, collected in The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 3 by Constable & Robinson) was shortlisted in the Manga Jiman competition organized by the Japanese Embassy in the UK.
One of her latest projects is a series of illustrated columns for Mainichi Weekly (published every two months by one of the major Japanese newspaper companies) about life and culture in UK. Her books are available in most English-speaking countries and Japan, and some are translated into Turkish, French, Italian and Spanish. Besides creating manga comics, she runs manga workshops at schools, libraries, and museums, such as the British Museum, the British Library and Victoria and Albert Museum. She has also have worked on projects for Channel 4 and CNN.

Aardman Model Making Workshops

Tuesday 1 August 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm
Age 6+ Children must be accompanied by an adult


Join Aardman Animations as they show you how to make your very own character. Choose from Gromit, Shaun or Morph.

Aardman Animations are giving you the chance to learn how to make your very own Aardman character at these fun, hands-on clay modelling workshops. Led by one of their expert model makers, you’ll also get the opportunity to ask questions about the tricks of the trade from the Aardman studio.

Workshops are an hour long and aimed at children aged 6 and above. Grown-ups do not need to purchase a ticket unless they want to make a character too!

This exhibition has been supported by the following organisations