Illustrating Futures 2017
Comics Youth first debuted their exhibition ‘Illustrating Futures on the 22nd April, at Tate Liverpool, with a second week-long exhibition being held again in October of the same year. Featuring a number of free workshops and talks, these events sought to begin a honest exploration of the intrinsic links between comics, graphic medicine, and mental health.
In workshops such as ‘How Are You Feeling?- Minicomics’ and ‘Self-Care Zines’, visitors of the exhibition were encouraged to make their own comic strips, which focused on their mental health. The workshops allowed young people to discuss how they were feeling candidly, and express their feelings creatively and productively.
Visual Narrative Sessions
In these workshops, visitors worked alongside artists in visual storytelling sessions, in which artists live-drew narratives that were dictated by audience members.
A Talk from Darryl Cunningham
In 2017, ‘Illustrating Futures’ also featured many talks from professionals in both the medical, and creative industries. A particular highlight was a talk from acclaimed comic creator Darryl Cunningham, who discussed both his creative process, and his own take on the relationship between comics and mental health.