February 2021

The Art of the Cartoon

Welcome to The Arts Society Driffield Wolds
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 19:00

This Zoom lecture is on the revised date of 25th February at 7.00pm

Harry Venning is an award winning comedy writer, cartoonist and performer based in Brighton.

A recent UK Art Trust Strip Cartoonist of the Year, Harry developed his weekly strip cartoon Clare in the Community, which features in The Guardian, into the successful BBC Radio 4 sitcom about the misadventures of the empathy-free social worker.

Harry’s cartoon work has appeared in publications as diverse as The Telegraph, The Radio Times and Music Teacher, and his strip Hamlet has been a regular fixture in The Stage for a number of years.

When not at a desk writing or drawing, Harry tours his cartoon workshop Release Your Inner Cartoonist around schools, theatres, arts centres and festivals. He also works as a graphic visualizer, providing live cartoons to accompany conferences and team building events, as well as being a fully accredited lecturer for the UK Arts Society.


Mr Harry Venning

I graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a BA in history, formed a touring theatre company bringing new plays to audiences in rural Wales, was then employed for a year as an actor/writer with the Channel Theatre Company in Ramsgate, Kent, before giving up acting and becoming a cartoonist instead.

I have had work published in the UK and abroad, including the strip Clare in the Community which has been a weekly feature in The Guardian since 1996. In 2016 I was awarded Strip Cartoonist of the Year by the UK Cartoon Trust.

I am also a Sony Award winning writer of radio comedy, including the shows Coach Karen’s Half Time Team Talk and Clare in the Community starring Sally Phillips, currently recording its twelfth series.

For the last ten years I have been performing my cartoon workshop Release Your Inner Cartoonist in its many different guises, to audiences as diverse as schoolchildren, business executives and festival goers.

I can’t draw hands or horses.