Scribble, Doodle, and Draw: Taking Time and Noticing the Bright
Lydia Allison Poet in Residence Doncaster Community Arts
Scribble, Doodle, and Draw has been running for just over a month. In the run-up to devising some new workshops, I paid it an enjoyable visit. The first thing that hit me was the bright and welcoming atmosphere (not unusual for DARTS!) and the sense of fun. You are greeted by mounted posters and comic-style pages, a mix of front cover style, and strips to standalone pieces. Comics are all about characters and there are tons in this exhibition, from the finely draw and small, to the big and bold.
The main gallery space is striking; the walls have been transformed into three comic book pages. The first is the old woman who swallowed a fly, the second an all-too-real satire of baby shark and life with a young child, and the third a particularly ‘charming’ tale of Prince Rattypants.
Each of the walls tells a story and sets a mood using minimal words and bold images. The black and pink scheme also adds to the striking but ultimately calm atmosphere and the big cushions you can sit on make it easy to simply enjoy being there. in a sense it’s a continuation of the feeling of buying a Saturday morning comic; sitting, reading, enjoying. It’s also a pleasure to see a mix of young people and adults coming through.
The nostalgia continues as you travel up to the mezzanine, where there is a selection of comic books and graphic novels. This is the perfect stop to sit and zoom in flicking through new highlights and old favourites. For me this had to be the Beano’s Bash Sreet Kids, but there’s something for everyone! I think it would be great to explore old favourites in our writing sessions and to use some of the existing characters and images to make something new.
Back downstairs, you can also spend time in the second gallery space, which houses a large table covered in an enormous colouring sheet. It calls to the child in you, the one who knows the value of sitting and doing something just for the pleasure of it. There are coloured pens and seats so anybody can take some time out for themselves and make their mark.
I started gathering ideas for unusual ways to approach writing. I’d like to use a bit of a combination of image and text, but am very excited to see how others want to approach this balance. The overriding feelings were of fun, but also calm – and this is something I want to maintain in the creative writing sessions. There are many ways for stories to be told and I look forward to exploring them!
From 9 March to 20 July, The Point’s gallery is home to a new exhibition: Scribble, Doodle & Draw.
The gallery has transformed into a giant comic strip!
With characters to meet, stories to follow and opportunities to learn how to draw like a comic artist, this exhibition is perfect for losing yourself in an imaginary world. It features original pieces from published artists Jim Medway, Ed Syder and Tor Freeman who have painted directly onto our gallery walls. There are plenty of opportunities to create your own artwork and be exhibited alongside the professionals!
School/group visits are welcomed. You can lead your own visit or we can provide an artist-led session for your group: please find more information about group visits to our gallery here. If you would like more information, you can call 01302 341662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.