Event details

  • Sat 16 March 2019 to Sun 16 June 2019
  • All day
  • Free admission, drop in
  • The Beaney, 18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA
  • 01227 862 162
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A rare opportunity to explore the extensive but little-known production designs by celebrated political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe. Storyboards, costumes and props are on display from Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Disney’s Hercules and English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Gerald Scarfe is the UK’s most celebrated political cartoonist; his 50-year-long career at The Sunday Times revealed an imagination that is acerbic, explosive and unmistakable. But less well known is Scarfe’s lifelong contribution to the performing arts and his hugely significant work beyond the page, designing some of the most high-profile productions of the last 30 years.

This exhibition explores Scarfe’s extraordinary work for stage and screen. It features over 100 works including preliminary sketches, storyboards, set designs, photographs, ephemera and costumes from productions including Orpheus in the Underworld at English National Opera, The Nutcracker by English National Ballet and Los Angeles Opera’s The Magic Flute. It also shows his 1994 work as the only ever external Production Designer for Disney, for their feature film Hercules, as well as his concept, character and animation designs for Pink Floyd’s 1982 film adaptation of The Wall. Scarfe’s surreal and often grotesque artwork cemented The Wall’s iconic status in pop culture.

Known for his uncompromising satire in print, Scarfe started drawing for Private Eye and Punch in the 1960s and went on to work as The Sunday Times’ political cartoonist for 50 years, from 1967. He is now the Evening Standard’s new political cartoonist.

“I always want to bring my creations to life – to bring them off the page and give them flesh and blood, movement and drama.” – Gerald Scarfe

Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen is a touring exhibition from House of Illustration.

Location: Special Exhibition Gallery, 1st Floor, The Beaney

Image credit: Pink Floyd – The Wall © Gerald Scarfe