Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK


Suitable for: Year 10 – 13

Please note that, due to the explicit nature of some of the exhibits, the exhibition includes a parental guidance warning.

Available: Monday - Friday from 2 May until 19 August 2014

Length: 90 minutes

Group size: minimum 10, maximum 40 per session

Subjects and Key Skills

Art, English

Workshop outline

Investigate the history and variety of comics produced in Britain, from established names to the very latest innovations by emerging talent. Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK is a bold exhibition that will surprise audiences and challenge notions of what can be expected from comics as a form.

The exhibition draws on the Library’s rich collections of illustrated material, dating from the 18th century right up to the present day. Through a thematic approach, it will explore the diversity of style, approach and format found in the medium of comics.

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.


Led by contemporary artists, masterclasses are an opportunity for Key Stage 4 and 5 Art students to develop practical skills in comic book design.

More details about booking workshops and masterclasses will be available soon but to register your interest, please email


CPD events

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

Reading for Pleasure: Friday 4 July. 10.00-16.00. In partnership with the Guardian. For more information click here.