Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash

Black Dog - the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean, a 14-18 NOW WWI Art Commission with LICAF 2016 The world-premiere performance of Dave McKean's 'Black Dog - the Dreams of Paul Nash' is coming to Kendal on 28 May Dave McKean artwork for 'Black Dog - the Dreams of Paul Nash' 'Black Dog - the Dreams of Paul Nash' by Dave McKean is coming to Kendal on 28 May Dave McKean (photograph by Allen Amato)

Cumbria welcomes an exclusive performance and launch of the graphic novel ‘Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash’ by Dave McKean, on 15 & 16 October, as part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016.

‘Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash’ by Dave McKean is returning to Kendal during LICAF 2016, on 15 & 16 October

Initiated by The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary, Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash is a new graphic novel and multimedia performance by illustrator, comic artist, filmmaker and musician Dave McKean. McKean explores the work of Paul Nash, one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century, whose First World War experiences inspired him to create paintings of disturbing, lasting power.

// Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean, at Brewery Arts Centre, Sunday 16 October, 1.30 – 2.30 pm

The world-premiere performance by Dave McKean and international musical collaborators took place at Kendal Town Hall in May. The performance featuring projections, animated illustrations, live music and narration is now set to return to Kendal on Sunday 16 October.

I’d like to explore Paul Nash’s role in the birth of modernism and surrealism, and how those movements were actually witnessed by Nash in the dream-nightmare-like battlefields of the war – Dave McKean

The artwork showcases Dave McKean’s diverse illustrative style and provides an insight into his interpretation of Paul Nash’s First World War artworks.

Dave McKean artwork for 'Black Dog - the Dreams of Paul Nash'
Dave McKean artwork for ‘Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash’

Dave McKean is one of the iconic figures of the UK comic art world and has led the way in cross art form collaborations.

'Black Dog - the Dreams of Paul Nash' by Dave McKean is coming to Kendal on 28 May
‘Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash’ by Dave McKean is coming to Kendal on 28 May

Musical collaborators performing include Matthew Sharp who has performed worldwide as a solo cellist, baritone and actor. Matthew has given solo performances at the Glastonbury and Latitude festivals, as well as performing with many international orchestras.

Ashley Slater is a UK-based trombone player and singer, best known for his work with Fatboy Slim, Norman Cook and the band Freak Power. He has also recently performed with Elvis Costello and Debbie Harry. The evening will feature projections, animated illustrations, live music and narration, along with artwork from the Black Dog graphic novel which will also be launched on the evening, with a collector’s edition available to purchase on the night.

// DIARY DATES: Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean

// BOOK LAUNCH: Saturday 15 October, 10.30am, Page 45, Comics Clock Tower, Kendal

// PERFOMANCE: Sunday 16 October, 1.30 – 2.30pm, at Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

// TICKETS

Tickets for ‘Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash’ by Dave McKean, at Brewery Arts Centre on Sunday 16 October 2016, are available through the Brewery Arts Centre box office (Box office: 01539 725 133)

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Cover of Black Dog by Dave McKean
Cover of Black Dog by Dave McKean

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// ABOUT BLACK DOG

Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean is co-commissioned by The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, On a Marche sur la Bulle and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The commission is also supported by Kendal College, Kendal Business Improvement District and South Lakeland District Council.

The graphic novel will be released in two editions – a limited edition in May and a full publication in October at the LICAF 2016 from 14-16 October.

The 14-18 NOW programme has invited artists from around the world to create new works in response to the First World War and its impact on the world we live in today.

// DAVE MCKEAN

Dave McKean’s work has won numerous awards including the World Fantasy Award, the V&A Museum Illustrated Book Award and the Harvey Award for best Graphic Novel. He has worked alongside writer Neil Gaiman on graphic novels including the critically acclaimed The Sandman series, as well as illustrating the celebrated Batman graphic novel Arkham Asylum. Dave has illustrated numerous magazines, album covers as well as illustrating short stories and children’s books. He has collaborated with creatives and writers from all walks of life including biologist Richard Dawkins, chef Heston Blumenthal and musician John Cale. Six of McKean’s images appeared in the Royal Mail’s Mythical Creatures Collection.

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// LICAF 2016

The fourth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 14 – 16 October 2016 in Kendal, Cumbria, celebrating great comic art from across the world. It is the only one of its kind in the UK taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend. 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.

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// 14-18 NOW

14-18 NOW is a programme of extraordinary arts experiences connect people with the First World War, as part of the UK’s official centenary commemorations. It aims to engage as many people as possible with the First World War, exploring how the war has impacted on the society we live in now. 14-18 NOW commissions new work by leading contemporary artists from all art forms, inspired by the period 1914-1918.

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