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Julian Gray illustration

Exhibition of comic illustrations depicting underrepresented groups being held at the Lowry

  • Exhibition at the Lowry showcases comic illustrations by illustrator Julian Gray
  • Illustrations explore stories depicting marginalised communities
  • The exhibition will feature an opportunity for visitors to contribute their own work

An exhibition for comic illustrations depicting representations of marginalised people will be held at the Lowry.

The exhibition, entitled Stories For Us, is centred on works by Manchester-based artist Julian Gray.

Being a queer, trans, disabled and mixed-race artist, Julian recognises the importance of authentic representations of people from marginalised communities in art.

He said: “I create my comics and the stories within not just for myself, but also for people like me, people who don’t see themselves reflected in the media around us.

"I want this exhibition to carry that message. I want it to be a space that encourages everyone to discuss and reflect on what stories get told in fiction, especially mainstream comics and comic adaptations.”

Fantasy

Julian’s comics depict stories with protagonists such as trans knights and disabled aristocrats.

The exhibition will feature stories such as Witch & Warrior, a Sapphic medieval fantasy, and The Invalid’s Valet, a queer Victorian romance.

I create my comics and for people who don’t see themselves reflected in the media

There will also be several development sketches and timelapses demonstrating Julian’s draughtsmanship and approach to character designs.

The exhibition also features comics and graphic novels that have influenced Julian’s work, including references to film noir, '80s comic art, and other queer creators.

The exhibition will be held from 19 March-1 May. Visitors will be able to engage with the process of comic making through drawing and writing,  and are being invited to display finished creations in the gallery space.

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