Festival of Illustration wins NE Culture Best Event Teesside 2016
2015 Hartlepool Festival of Illustration has been named the winner in the Best Event Teesside category at the Journal’s North East Culture Awards 2016.
Hartlepool Festival of Illustration, hosted by Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD), and sponsored by The Arts Council England, made its debut summer 2015 in Hartlepool.
The 10th annual Culture Awards event, which rewarded the creative talents of the North East, was attended by an audience from the cultural and creative sector. As the awards were open to large and small scale events, festivals and exhibitions within Teesside, the Festival faced tough competition and was shortlisted alongside Stockton Calling Music Festival and Teesside University’s MIMA: Localism art project.
Hartlepool Festival of Illustration presented a month-long event for children, families and illustration fans young and old – with world-renowned artists featuring an exhibition of major illustrators’ work – including Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, and Ralph Steadman. It attracted 8,300 visitors and included a series of illustration workshops in schools and libraries for over 800 children, two days of guest lectures and masterclasses and a street market of illustrators’ artwork.
Over 40 exhibitors, including Tom Newell, Dan Mumford, Keith Robson, Hunt Emerson and John McCrea, showcased over 250 works of art from as far back as the 1950s, some of which were original pieces which had never been viewed by the public before.
With a thought-provoking symposium which examined illustration through the ages, a live ‘drawing wall’ for visitors to take part in, and a lively street market, the inaugural event proved to be a massive success, and the team behind the event were delighted to win the award.
Hartlepool Festival of Illustration was hosted by Cleveland College of Art and Design, in collaboration with Hartlepool Borough Council and Seven Stories. The Festival was made possible through the generous financial support of Arts Council England and its Lottery Funded Grants for the Arts programme, and the Sir James Knott Trust, with additional support from Grand Central Trains, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Seawhite, Nobrow Press, The Book Sniffer and the Cartoon Museum.