23rd Sep 2016 6:00pm-7:00pm
Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade
Advanced purchase highly recommend - a limited number of tickets will
be available on the door (cash only) first-come-first-served.
All Welcome (doors open at 17.30)
Steve Bell has been drawing political comic strips for a living since 1977. He is a proponent of the short form, usually four frames, sometimes longer, and more often than not daily. Since 1981 he has written and drawn the If… strip in the Guardian newspaper and, since 1990 has been drawing four larger format political cartoons a week for the same paper. His work is unashamedly comic, but many of his cartoons are not funny at all.
He was born in London in 1951, grew up in Slough and studied art in Middlesbrough and Leeds, qualifying as a teacher before becoming a cartoonist full time in 1977. His original strip Maggie’s Farm appeared in Time Out and City Limits magazines from 1979 through to 1987, and he produced regular cartoons in full colour for the New Statesman from 1987 to 1999.
He created the memorable images of Margaret Thatcher's mad left eye, John Major with his underpants worn outside his trousers and of Tony Blair's inheritance of Thatcher’s rogue, mad eyeball. Ever since George W Bush’s installation as President by the Supreme Court in December 2000 Bell depicted him as a chimpanzee. Currently he depicts David Cameron with a condom on his head.
His work has been published all over the world, he has had thirty books of his work published, and has won many awards. With Bob Godfrey he made several animated cartoons for TV, including a cartoon biography, ‘Margaret Thatcher – Where Am I Now?’ Broadcast on Channel 4 in 1999.
His work has been exhibited in many countries, including Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Egypt, Italy, Sweden, the USA and Australia. He has had major retrospective exhibitions of his work at the University of Sussex, at the Wilhelm Busch Museum in Hannover, Germany and at the Cartoon Museum in London. He has been awarded honorary degrees from the Universities of Teesside, Sussex, Loughborough, Leeds and Brighton.
He is married with four grown up children and lives and works in Brighton.
A companion talk by cartoonist Martin Rowson will
take place on Saturday 24 September. Special discount combined tickets
(£15/£8.50) for both talks are also available via the link above.
Organised as part of the "Abusing Power: the Visual Politics of Satire" Conference at the University of Brighton. Further information on the conference, including details on registration and the full programme, can be found on the conference event page: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/c21/events/events-calendar2/abusing-power-the-visual-politics-of-satire