Image: Detail of Asia Alfasi and Hamish MacGillivray, The Story of British Comics So Far © The Artists and The Lightbox

This exhibition explored how and why visual communication endures as a hugely popular medium for people of all ages. Zara and her grandfather Alan, manga influenced comic characters especially created for this exhibition by up-and-coming female designer Asia Alfasi, lead visitors through three immersive zones which explored the history of British comics to date.

The story opened with 'Cor!' - a potted history of the importance of sequential art with ancient examples of 3,000 year old hieroglyphics, 18th century satirical social commentary by William Hogarth, and a present day playful yet political ceramic by Grayson Perry. 'By Gum' offered a trip down memory lane with a newsagents stocking classic examples of comics such as 'Dan Dare', 'The Beano' and 'The Eagle' alongside DIY comic making interactives for visitors of all ages. 'Zarjaz!' brought things up-to-date with today's manga, graphic novels and digital comics. The exhibition came to a close with a wall of giant graffiti interpretations of exhibition guides Alan and Zara.

6 August 2016 – 31 December 2016