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Comic Genius At City Gallery Wellington

City Gallery Wellington Media Release
19 September 2005
For immediate release

Comic Genius At City Gallery Wellington

Anyone who’s walked through Civic Square in the past few months couldn’t have helped but notice the bold banners currently displayed on the front of City Gallery Wellington, announcing the exhibition ‘Small World, Big Town: Contemporary Art from Te Papa’.

The banners are modelled on the work of leading New Zealand cartoonist Dylan Horrocks, whose graphic novel ‘Hicksville’ was a significant inspiration for the curators who put this exhibition together. Over the coming weeks, City Gallery Wellington offers comic book enthusiasts of all ages three opportunities to indulge their passion and sharpen their skills: a school holiday programme for kids aged 5-12; a cartoon workshop with Dylan Horrocks for those 15 and over; and a talk by Dylan, for everyone!

CRAZY COMICS: city gallery Wellington school holiday programme
Monday 3 October – Friday 7 October

City Gallery Wellington’s school holiday programmes give kids a chance to engage with the Gallery’s shows and make their own artworks in response to what they see.

These holidays, kids will be introduced to the work of cartoonist Dylan Horrocks, who has pages from his graphic novel ‘Hicksville’ included in the current exhibition ‘Small World, Big Town: Contemporary Art from Te Papa’. In the workshop session, kids will make their own comic screen in response to what they’ve seen and heard.

Monday 3 October: 8-12 year olds
Tuesday 4 October: 5-7 year olds
Wednesday 5 October: 8-12 year olds
Thursday 6 October: 5-7 year olds
Friday 7 October: 8-12 year olds
All sessions are from 10:30am to 1pm.

Cost per child is $10. Places are limited – for enquiries and bookings contact Kay Benseman, email or phone 04 801 3965.

Saturday 15 October, 1-3pm

Award-winning cartoonist Dylan Horrocks takes a cartoon workshop. This is open to aspiring comic strip makers aged 15 years and over.

Cost per person is $15. Places are limited – for enquiries and bookings contact Tracey Monastra, email or phone 04 801 4241.

PLAYING IN THE GARDEN: Imaginary Worlds in Art, Stories and Games. A talk by dylan horrocks
Sunday 16 October, 2pm

Imaginary worlds are everywhere these days. From Hogwarts to The Sims, people are spending more and more time in places that don't exist. Leading New Zealand cartoonist Dylan Horrocks takes a look at the importance of ‘world building’ in novels, comics, art and games – including Henry Darger, Dungeons & Dragons, the Bronte sisters and Star Wars – and asks what happens when stories become worlds.

Free entry, no bookings required.


‘Small Town, Big World: Contemporary Art from Te Papa’ is a partnership exhibition between City Gallery Wellington and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Presented by Simpson Grierson, proud supporters of City Gallery Wellington

City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from the Wellington City Council

25 September - 20 November 2005
Until 9 October 2005 in the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery
Until 30 October 2005

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