BARKING, an exhibition of the artwork & processes behind the graphic novel by LUCY SULLIVAN.
Barking the graphic novel is based on a personal and anecdotal experience of a mental health crisis. Told through artwork that brings a new angle to the genre by experimenting with styles and traditional formats and utilising Sullivan’s artistic background in animation and observational drawing to widen the concept of what comics can encompass. The story, developed by combining honest accounts with research, is a fictionalised narrative exploring the stigma around mental illness, the complicated nature of grief and reflecting on the wider social impacts of how we view and treat a crisis we cannot see.
The exhibition will comprise of original artwork from the varied processes involved in creating a graphic novel from personal experience. Including additional works created as part of successfully crowdfunding the printed work and the stages involved in developing an artistic style that portrays the urgent, internal struggles of mental illness.
Barking is intended not only as a story but a way of opening up a conversation around grief and mental health. The exhibition will include an interactive piece #BarkItOut inviting visitors to contribute their life experiences. Opening up a conversation to further the discussion and help to reduce ongoing stigma.
Lucy has a BA(Hons) in Illustration/Animation from Kingston School of Art. She has co-directed & animated Music Videos and created Pre-Visuals for Film & TV. Her comics work includes commissions form Dark Horse Comics, contributing as Writer/Artist to Black Crown’s Hey, Amateur! Anthology & self-published 1in4Zines, included in the Wellcome Library Zines Catalogue. Barking & the exhibition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The graphic novel is co-commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival and published by Unbound.
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Workshop: Sunday 24th 2-4pm - Creating graphic narratives from personal experience, Crowdfunding, Self-Publishing with Author/Artist Lucy Sullivan. Free. Please book your space via Eventbrite - limited numbers.