To mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival called on students of the arts to reinterpret and reimagine Beatrix Potter’s characters or tales.
Lakes International Comic Art Festival invited students to give Beatrix Potter a modern twist and create new work in a comic art style
The project, an educational, artistic project organised on a not-for-profit basis as a tribute to the talents of Beatrix Potter for students of the arts, aged 16 and over, was supported by the University of Cumbria.
Beatrix Potter is a literary and artistic icon who is synonymous with the English Lake District. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 35 languages.
// Beatrix Potter Reimagined Competition Winners!
The winners of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival’s Beatrix Potter Reimagined were announced by Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, to a packed room of festival supporters and funding partners during the festival’s successful weekend of events in Kendal.
Mr Henley spoke enthusiastically about the festival and the arts in Cumbria during his speech, the creators involved and also praised the Brewery Arts Centre, the lead venue for the festival, for their work.
The overall winner was artist Beatriz Lostalé Seijo, for her entry ‘Fooled’ and the runners up were IanF, for ‘Tod & Brock’ and Katie Watkins, for ‘Beatrix Potter: A Colouring Adventure’.
// Beatrix Potter Reimagined Exhibition, Kendal Library
All the entries to the competition featured in an exhibition at Kendal Library until 28 October 2016, which included Beatrix Potter-inspired artworks by a number of highly acclaimed comic artists: ‘The Lake District – For Comics and Quiet Imaginings’ by Comic Laureate Charlie Adlard; ‘Oh Peter, What Have You Done’ by Dan Berry; a crime noir take on Peter Rabbit by Hannah Berry; ‘Captain Peter Rabbit of The Lakes International Rescue’ by Duncan Fegredo, and ‘Beatrixpotting’ by Luke McGarry.
The winners, who all won prizes supplied by Wacom, the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays, were chosen by comic artists Bryan Talbot, Sean Phillips, Emma Vieceli and Mary Talbot. They worked alongside LICAF patron Stephen Holland, owner of the award-winning Page 45 comic shop in Nottingham, to make the decision from a selection of stunning images, main highly commended by the judges.
You can view all the submissions and winning entries here
// The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017 – Kendal, from 13 – 15 October
LICAF is a celebration of great comic art from across the world. It is the only festival of its kind in the UK taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend.
Lakes International Comic Art Festival is not only a celebration of the world of comic art, it’s also about encouraging the next generation of artists to explore their creative talents. Beatrix Potter Reimagined is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this amazing Lake District artist and storyteller and reach out to a new generation of artists
– Julie Tait, Festival Director
The fifth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 13 – 15 October 2017, celebrating great comic art from across the world. The first announced guest for 2017 is MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragonés and the Festival’s plans for 2017 include special tributes to Will Eisner, creator of ‘The Spirit’ and Tove Jansson, creator of ‘The Moomins’.
Find out more about LICAF here