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Cass hosts IDEA Art and Design Advocacy Lab featuring leading cartoonists and artists

The Cass is delighted to be hosting the latest Art and Design Advocacy Lab from the Charity IDEA, with speakers including top political cartoonists Martin Rowson, Gary Barker and Kate Evans.

Art and Design for Advocacy Lab brings together young people, youth workers, activists educators and some truly amazing guest speakers to experiment and collaborate together to develop comics, zines or cartoons that gets their message out into the world.

Apathy, a lack of trust and low confidence to engage in civil society, particularly within marginalised groups, are still key problems in the United Kingdom. This two-day hands-on workshop aims to address these issues by engaging marginalised groups into playing a more active role in civil society and advocacy through art.

The Lab is designed in an engaging and interactive way to provide people with an opportunity to understand the role of art in raising awareness of the causes they care about, whilst developing critical thinking skills and tolerance of diverse views and other peoples’ opinions.

IDEAs goal is that participants in this two-day lab use and pass on these essential skills for advocacy to their peers across the UK and have some fun in doing so.

IDEA's mission is to ensure young peoples’ voices are heard in the twenty-first century. With regional offices in the Middle East, north Africa, central Asia and Europe, IDEA provides a diverse range of educational workshops and summer schools for young people around the world to develop the skills and capacity to engage and advocate for their own rights. Their programmes specifically develop critical thinking, public speaking, cross-cultural competencies and advocacy skills.

Red more about IDEA.

Guest Speakers

Martin Rowson: The "Visual Journalist". Martin's cartoons are a staple of modern British life and appear frequently in The Guardian and The Daily Mirror. He is also a contributor of cartoons to the Tribune, Index on Censorship and the Morning Star.

Gary Barker: Gary's political cartoons appear in The Times, the Guardian and on the BBC amongst others. His work has been judged in several lists and publications as the best political cartoons of 2013, 2014 and 2015. (TBC)

Kate Evans: 'If you make someone laugh, you're halfway to changing their mind'. Comic book biographer of Rosa Luxemburg aka 'Cartoon Kate' has been a cartoonist and activist for nearly twenty years with a focus on climate change and more recently the Syrian refugee crisis.

Rudy Loewe: Rudy is a visual artist, educator and storyteller who works primarily in comic and zine format, exploring themes such as gender, sexuality, race, trauma and mental health. Rudy is interested in seemingly untold narratives and how these can be given more visibility. 

Organisations can book for student groups to attend via Eventbrite.

News details

Dates 16 and 17 March 2016
Location The Cass, Central House
Website IDEA

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