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Charlie Grigg exhibition to launch at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery

Published 29th March 2018

A special exhibition celebrating the work of Sandwell-born cartoon artist Charlie 'Chas' Grigg as an illustrator for The Beano and The Dandy is to be launched in Wednesbury.

The exhibition at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, which will highlight his work as illustrator of Korky the Kat and Desperate Dan, will start on Wednesday 4 April and be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

It will contain artefacts, original drawings, letters, unseen and unpublished images, plus a chance to see video interviews with Charlie who lived in the Rood End area of Langley as a young boy.

Arts officer Alex Howell said: "This is an opportunity for fans of The Beano and The Dandy to find out more about Charlie, the man who drew some of their favourite cartoon characters.

"Visitors will be able to admire some of his brilliant work, including drawings in cartoons and comics and in caricatures."

The exhibition will run until November 2018 before touring in a smaller form around local libraries.

It will be open at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery on Wednesday and Thursdays from 11am-4pm and on Saturdays from 2-5pm. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.

A special launch of the Charlie Grigg exhibition will be held on Thursday 19 April at 7pm. Doors open 6.30pm. If you wish to attend the launch, please email alex_howell@sandwell.gov.uk or call 0121 556 0683 by 16 April.

The launch will also feature a section of Our Best Kept Secret, which includes performances of original work by Brendan Hawthorne, John Langford and Alex Vann based on the life of Charlie hosted by Billy Spake Mon.

During the exhibition run, there will be many other events, such as the launch of the book Our Best Kept Secret written by Billy (Dr Brian Dakin) which tells the story of Charlie's life as well as the project itself.

There will also be an opportunity to buy exclusive commemorative T-shirts produced by Black Country T Shirts.

The exhibition is the latest move to mark the work of Charlie and follows the installation of a blue plaque at Rood End Primary School where he was a pupil in his younger years.

The plaque for Charlie, which describes him as a children's comic illustrator,  celebrates his work for the two comics and describes him as one of the best illustrators in British comics.