Comics Unmasked: Workshops


Suitable for: Year 10 – 13

Please note that, due to the explicit nature of some of the exhibits, we are offering workshops for year 10 and above only.

Available: Workshops will take place on selected dates from 2 May until 19 August 2014

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Length: 90 minutes

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 40 per session

Subjects and Key Skills

Art, English

Workshop outline

Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of comics, featuring iconic names such as Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe).

The exhibition explores works that challenge categorisation, preconceptions and the status quo, while demystifying the creative process with original scripts, preparatory sketches and final artwork.

Workshops accompanying the exhibition are available for school groups. Sessions include a series of activities led by one of our team of workshop leaders and will develop skills in creative enquiry, research and critical thinking. Students will explore the full potential of the comic as a medium, from creation to reception. They will consider how people use comics to comment on and influence the political issues of their times, and discuss their literary and artistic merit.

Advice for teachers

Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK contains imagery and language which some visitors may find offensive or disturbing, including exhibits with violent and sexual content. Within the exhibition, there is a separate section examining sexual themes, but student groups taking part in workshops will not be taken into this area. Please note, however, that there is material throughout the exhibition that may also be considered offensive or disturbing.

During workshops, challenging exhibits will be contextualised and themes addressed through facilitated activities and discussion led by a British Library workshop leader. As with all our workshops, teachers will also be asked to accompany the group at all times.

Taking into account the guidance above and after consultation with the British Library’s Teachers’ Network, we are offering workshops for students in Year 10 and above only. We ask that you use your professional judgement and personal knowledge of your students to determine the suitability of the exhibition for your class.

If you would like more information on the content of the exhibition, or want to arrange a teacher pre-visit (max 2 teachers per school), please contact

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CPD events

Private View for Teachers: Thursday 5 June 2014, 17.00-20.30. In partnership with the House of Illustration.

Reading for Pleasure: Friday 4 July. 10.00-16.00. In partnership with the Guardian.