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Gerald Scarfe: drawing and political art

Festival of Ideas


● Cancelled

Friday 1 May 2020
4.30 — 5.30pm

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From political satire to working with Pink Floyd, cartoonist Gerald Scarfe discusses his 60-year career with journalist and broadcaster, Razia Iqbal.

Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding coronavirus, we regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s RA Festival of Ideas. If you have purchased tickets to an event, please contact us on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk to arrange a refund.

Join Gerald Scarfe as he describes his career as a political cartoonist, set designer and his work in film, including Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Disney’s Hercules.

Scarfe tells vivid stories from his life, including how he once beat David Hockney in a drawing competition aged 16, and how he came to create his ‘grotesque’ caricatures of key politicians like Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Donald Trump.

He also discusses his work as a reportage illustrator during the Vietnam War, his collaborations with Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and his time as a satirical cartoonist for Punch and Private Eye.

Gerald Scarfe has exhibited worldwide including at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2003. More recently, in 2019 he released his memoir Long Drawn Out Trip and a large retrospective of his career, 60 Years of Being Rude.

This talk will include an audience Q&A at the end.

Gerald Scarfe will be signing books in the Burlington Gardens entrance hall, outside Pace Gallery after the event.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Friday 1 May 2020

4.30 — 5.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9