23rd Sep 2016 9:00am – 24th Sep 2016 6:00pm

Sallis Benney Theatre and Brighton Pavilion

Speakers include:

Steve Bell, political cartoonist
Martin Rowson, political cartoonist
Prof. Ian Haywood (Roehampton)

This event will also include a curatorial introduction to the caricature collection held at the Brighton Royal Pavilion & Museum, and a talk by the curator of the Cartoon Museum, London



In January 2015, 12 of France’s most familiar cartoonists were shot dead in Paris. The aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo raises significant questions about the status and the potential impact of an image and gives this conference a political urgency. The events in Paris underline both the power of the political cartoonist and the dangers of causing offence to political and religious sensibilities.

In 1820, George Cruikshank and his brother Robert were summoned to Brighton Pavilion by George IV, in an attempt to buy them off from reproducing their salacious satirical cartoons. They were paid off, but continued to produce scurrilous images of the royal family and political figures. The Royal Pavilion now houses one of the best collections of Cruikshank, Hogarth and Gillray in the world, three of the most eminent caricaturists in visual history.

The city of Brighton and the University have a long history of association with cartoon and caricature. This conference offers the opportunity to celebrate the rich history of caricature and cartoons associated with Brighton and to address the important ethical questions that now confront the contemporary cartoonist. It celebrates the rich collections of Cruikshank, Gillray and Hogarth at the Brighton Pavilion and brings together the expertise of practitioners, curators, academic historians and cultural analysts. The conference draws upon the research expertise of the University, on the curatorial experience of museum staff and on cartoonists who currently practice.


Organised by Prof. Deborah Philips (Brighton) and C21 Writings, in association with and the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, and the Centre for Applied Philosophy Politics and Ethics, the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton.



Further information on the public talks by Steve Bell and Martin Rowson can be found on separate event pages here and here. Tickets for these public talks can be purchased here(included in the conference fee; registered conference delegates DO NOT need to