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Museum exhibition reveals impact of comic book icons

Published: Thursday, 13th February 2020

Superhero fans can discover more about the huge impact of their favourite characters at a new Potteries Museum & Art Gallery exhibition.

The display, curated by DuoVision, explores the influence of superheroes, superheroines and supervillains on art and design.

It showcases the work of artists who have contributed to huge blockbuster Hollywood films such as Thor and Captain America.

Kapow – The Art of Superheroes and Villains features paintings, photography, fashion, costume design, ceramics and illustrations.

Parts of the exhibition may be unsuitable for younger visitors. The recommended age is 16 years and over.

The display includes work by artists Duggie Fields, Jason Atomic, and Emma Rodgers, costume designers Whitaker Malem and Michael Wilkinson and many more.

Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: "Superheroes are such a massive part of our culture at the moment – so this is a fantastic chance for fans in Stoke-on-Trent and beyond to geek out on the huge impact they’ve had. And for anyone who doesn’t know their Iron Man from their Superman, it’s a real insight into just how much these characters are part of our everyday lives. They influence everything from our kids’ clothes to Oscar-nominated films – and this exhibition is a great celebration of that. 

“We're really excited that the curators wanted to bring the display here to Stoke-on-Trent. It shows again how alive the city is with culture and how many diverse and interesting events and attractions we are bringing here.”

Tickets are £5, concessions £3, or free with a National Art Pass. The exhibition runs until Sunday, September 27.

For families with children, the museum also has Iron Man Hulkbuster and The Thing models on display within the museum for families to have their photo taken with.

Younger visitors can also take part in Ozzy Owl’s superhero trail – helping to find 12 objects in the museum that link to a superhero or villain. The activity costs £1 per trail and includes a free pencil.

During half term children can also make clay superheroes. These craft sessions take place from Tuesday, February 18 to Thursday, February 20, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and 1.15pm to 3pm. This activity costs £1.50. For groups of 10 or more, please book in advance on 01782 232323.

For all media enquiries please contact the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 233653 (jounralists only).