Manchester based artist David Hancock explores the world of youth sub-cultures through his series based on Cosplayers. Cosplay, short for 'costume play', is an international phenomenon in which enthusiasts dress up as characters from comic books, computer games and films at conventions, events and competitions. In David's exhibition costumes from Japanese Manga and Animé are bought to life in stunning large-scale watercolor paintings and video artworks.
Hancock is interested in the psychological gap between the real and imagined worlds as experienced by the young people who engage in this form of escapism. By taking their characters into urban environments they transfer the ordinary into a world of imagination and fantasy. Although the subject is modern the style of the paintings is rooted in the romantic traditions of the Pre-Raphaelites, with each fold of fabric and every piece of foliage rendered in startling detail.
Saturday 8 March
Cosplay Celebration Day
Join us for a day of Cosplay fun at 20-21. Dress up and have your face painted as your favourite character, make accessories and have your photo taken and added to our Cosplay album.
Free entry. 10am to 4pm. Suitable for all.
Sunday 6 April
S-Con at Baths Hall
Scunthorpe's very own Anime, Manga and gaming convention returns to the Baths Hall in 2014 featuring artist workshops, guest panels, retro gaming, Cosplay competition and much more.
11am - 5pm. Tickets available from the Scunthorpe Theatres website www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk. Please contact North Lincolnshire Libraries on (01724) 860161 for more details.
Saturday 3 May
Portrait Workshop with David Hancock
Join David Hancock at 20-21 for a painting skills workshop and come away with your own Cosplay inspired portrait. Suitable for adults of all abilities.
£25. All materials included. Places are limited and booking in advance is essential. Please call 01724 297070 for booking and details.