The coronavirus has hit people, and businesses hard, and the arts too, with many cultural institutions such as museums and art galleries that, here in the UK, are teetering on the brink of collapse. And, the Cartoon Museum in London is one specific case relevant for discussion here.
Like so many other art galleries, museums and exhibition spaces there is some governmental support, but it won’t go far when compared to the financial support injected, by the state, into business and the economy. So, to raise some much-needed funding the Cartoon Museum – which has only just moved into its new home – they’ve teamed up with Rebellion , the publishers of 2000AD, to care a limited edition T-shirt featuring classic artwork from the yesteryear of UK comics, and available in various sizes.
The new T-shirt, available exclusively from the 2000 AD and Treasury of British Comics webshops, features the cover of Battle Picture Weekly #423 (cover date: 11 June 1983) by master artist Eric Bradbury and available to order now, or donate directly on the Cartoon Museum’s website here.
All profits from the sale of the shirts will go towards the independent museum’s £150,000 fundraising appeal, which seeks to help it through the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
Here’s a bit of context on this one-of-a-kind museum to give you a better insight into the good work they do:
“Set up by the Trustees of The Cartoon Museum, so far the fundraising appeal has raised £86,000 towards a total goal of £150,000. Contributions have been made in a variety of ways, including small grants, proceeds of a half-marathon, cover price and book sale reductions from publishers close to the museum, proceeds from a sale of one-off comic art, and donations from friends and the public. In July 2020, the museum announced an award of £98,700 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The Cartoon Museum champions cartoon and comic art, highlighting its importance to culture and society. Since 2006 it has received 420,000 visitors, and built a nationally important collection of 4,300 cartoons, comics and caricatures, and a library of 18,000 items. The Cartoon Museum runs a well-attended school programme and sell-out school holiday workshops, and over 50,000 children and adults have attended cartooning, comic and animation workshops and the museum receives 3,000 student visits each year. The museum is a registered charity.”