Astérix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny

  • social history
  • art
  • history
  • drawing & prints
  • design
  • contemporary art

An immersive and playful exhibition that explores the unique imagination of the co-creator, with Albert Uderzo, of the Astérix comics.

René Goscinny’s story, from a childhood in Argentina to a glittering career that began in New York and flourished in Europe, is brought to life through rare original scripts, storyboards, photographs, films, sketches, dressing up stations, games, and more than a little wild boar…

Astérix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny is adapted from the exhibition originally produced by the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris in partnership with the Institut René Goscinny. This exhibition was made possible thanks to the exceptional loans and collaboration of the Institut René Goscinny.



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Talks and Tours

Curator’s Talks: Astérix in Britain
Wednesday, 2-2.30pm
30 May, 27 June, 25 July, 29 August and 26 September
The behind the scenes story of Rene Goscinny and his beloved comics.

Curator’s Talks: Who Has the Last Laugh?
Wednesday 3 – 3.30pm
18 July, 15 August, 12 September
Discover some of the cartoons and caricatures usually kept in storage. Our curator will reveal the stories behind the images, some of which go back to the 18th century.

The Jewish Joke
31 May, 7-8pm
Author Devorah Baum shares the hilarious history of the Jewish joke in conversation with Peter Pomerantsev. It is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as ‘funny’? And how old can a joke get?

Art is My Weapon: Lin Jaldati’s Political Satire
20 June, 7-8pm
Historian David Shneer introduces Lin Jaldati, a Dutch Jewish cabaret performer who used political satire and fierce activism to advocate for change throughout her life. Her remarkable story is brought to life through rare photographs, archival footage, and live performances of her repertoire.

Astérix in Translation
28 June, 7-8pm
Oliver Kamm, leader writer and columnist for The Times and son of the literary translator Anthea Bell, reflects on how Asterix has become an icon of British humour. Anthea Bell’s translations of Asterix are acclaimed for their distinctive English wordplay while retaining the spirit of the French originals.


Live Demonstrations and Workshops

Comic Book Artists in Residence
8 July – 16 September 2018.
Tuesday and Sunday, 1-4pm, except for Saturday 8  Thursday 13 September

See leading comic artists in action as they work on their own cartoons and respond to the galleries and visitors – you may end up as a work of art yourself! Artists include Zoom Rockman, Lucie Arnoux, Tasreen Rahman, Charlotte Bailey, Tom Berry, Matt Boyce, Taymah Anderson and Paul Shinn. Check our events page for the latest details on who will be drawing during your visit.

How to Draw Anything
26 July 7 – 8.30pm
Rediscover the natural instinct for expressing yourself through drawing. Along the way discover how drawing can give clarity to your thoughts, trigger memories, invigorate passions and solve problems. Led by Chris Wilson, one of the founding members of Scriberia, and author of “How to Draw Anything”. No previous drawing experience necessary!
This workshop is aimed at adults.

Autobiographical Comic Book Workshop
28 July, 2-3.30pm
Learn how you can tell your own story through words and images. Led by Dr Sarah Lightman, an artist, scholar, curator and Eisner- award-winning author.


Late Events

Laydeez do Comics
13 August, 6-9pm
Explore the extraordinary life and work of Charlotte Salomon with Laydeez do Comics, the first women-led graphic novel forum. Hear from Corinne Pearlman, Creative Director of Myriad Editions, speaking about their latest publication, ‘The Inking Woman’, celebrating 250 years of the work of women cartoonists in Britain.

Pow! Bam! Oy! Comic Book Late
30 August, 6-9pm
A comic book themed extravaganza, featuring live artist demos, workshops and a prize for the best dressed!

Brit(ish) Comedy Show
6 September, 7-9pm
Astérix found much to laugh about when he came to visit the Isles – but how do we feel about Britishness today? These diverse comics will be tackling the topics of identity, patriotism and Brexit! In an event curated by Ben Van der Velde, resident MC at Good Ship Comedy, these exciting and diverse comics, Alice Fraser, Pierre Novellie and Sindhu Vee, will be tackling the topics of identity, assimilation and Brexit!