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Perth Comic Arts Festival returns to ECU

Thursday, 20 June 2019

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An exhibition featuring artworks created from baby onesies, interactive workshops and a market day are just a few of the events celebrating comic art at the 2019 Perth Comic Arts Festival.

Perth Comic Arts Festival (PCAF) organiser and ECU School of Arts and Humanities Associate Professor Stuart Medley said PCAF 2019 returns after the success of the inaugural PCAF event in 2018 where more than 500 people came along to ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus.

“PCAF is a festival that shares its love for sequential storytelling in a free, creator-focused event that is all about making comics accessible for all audiences,” Professor Medley said.

“The 2019 festival has something for everyone with a zine and comic fair/family market day, exhibitions at Spectrum Project Space and Gallery 25, comic workshops and curated panels.”

Sequence and Consequence exhibition – Gallery 25

The Sequence and Consequence exhibition in Gallery 25 focuses on motherhood, highlighting the 40 year anniversary of renowned mother artist Mary Kelly’s seminal concept work ‘Post Partum Document’.

Sequence and Consequence Curator Liz Maruffo said Mary Kelly’s work offers a way in which to consider the overlap between sequential art and comic making.

“One of the most iconic images of Mary Kelly’s Post Partum Document was a series of little baby wraps, or onesies, that were presented with text.

“Mother artists participating in the Sequence and Consequence exhibition have been provided with a blank white onesie as a starting point for work. They will be considering the word ‘sequence’ in their submission.

“Comics makers participating in the show will consider the word ‘consequence’ in their submissions of existing work made about relationships with caregivers and parents,” Ms Maruffo said.

Exhibiting artists include: Leonie Brialey, Vanessa Wallace, Gabby Loo, Sharon Callow, Meg O’Shea, Jessica McLeod, Emma Lashmar, Sue Starcken, Shona McGregor, Lilly Blue, Jo Pollitt, Lynnette Kohler, Denise Pepper, Emily Ten Raa, Pat Grant, Campbell Whyte and Leela Corman.

Any Reading Order exhibition – Spectrum Project Space

Over in Spectrum Project Space the Any Reading Order exhibition brings together several comic makers whose work transcends the popular conception of the medium as printed works.

Any Reading Order Curator Bruce Mutard said the works will fill the exhibition space, inviting visitors to move through them, and around them, constructing their own stories.

“This is a far cry from turning pages in a book. Comics might even be better thought of as a visual art,” Mr Mutard said.

Exhibiting artists include: Bruce Mutard, Hien Pham, Elizabeth Marruffo, Campbell Whyte, Alyce Sarich and Emilie Walsh.

Event details

The Perth Comic Arts Festival, supported by the City of Stirling, is a free event at Edith Cowan University’s Mount Lawley Campus on Saturday, 6 July from 10am to 4pm.  The festival features a zine and comic making fair/family market day, two art exhibitions, comic workshops and curated panels.

Sequence and Consequence exhibition

Official opening: Friday, 5 July 6-8pm

Location: Gallery 25, ECU Mount Lawley Campus

Exhibition runs: Friday 5 July until Saturday 20 July

Gallery opening hours: 11, 12, 18, 19 July 10am-3pm, Saturday 20 July 10-12pm (morning tea and artist talks)

Any Reading Order exhibition

Official Opening: Friday, 5 July 6-8pm

Location: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus

Exhibition runs: Friday 5 July until Saturday 20 July

Gallery opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm

More information can be found on the PCAF Facebook page.

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