Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Zara Slattery and Jess Taylor have been selected from a longlist of nominated comics artists as finalists for the first AFFA in Comics. The recipient of the £10,000 award will be announced at the Arts Foundation Futures Awards on the 27th January at the ICA where all runners-up will also receive £1,000 awards towards their practice. The award was judged by three revered comics artists Woodrow Phoenix, Hannah Berry and John Allison who said; "The four finalists all draw from different schools of cartooning, but each exemplifies the greatest strength of good comics - the easy communication of complex ideas."
The four finalists will be talking about their work with Comics Laureate Hannah Berry at a special event on Saturday 19th October at 12.00. Tickets are £5 and can be booked here.
Comics are easily one of the most vibrant and inventive areas of the arts in the UK today, with both the breadth of work produced and the forums created around growing exponentially over the last fifteen years. Talking about the award, Hannah Berry, comics laureate and a judge for this year ‘s award noted;
‘The medium is still woefully underrepresented in terms of funding and support, and limited opportunities mean that very rarely can creators afford to get a foothold and take their work to the next level. The Arts Foundation Fellowship is a crucial lifeline, offering not only the financial support artists need but the motivation of having such a prestigious organisation in their corner.’
The four finalists will be celebrated at the Cartoon Museum as The AFFA in Comics 2020 will take over the ‘In-Focus’ section of the gallery from the 18th Oct – 1st Dec featuring both original and printed work.