The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum is collaborating with DC Thomson’s Beano Studios this Summer, by launching a bespoke exhibition ‘Bash Street’s Back at The McMenace’, to celebrate the Beano’s 80th birthday.
The exhibition takes a retrospective look at the history of DC Thomson, as well as the behind-the-scenes story of the birth of Beano and history of printing. Focusing on the fun and rebellious ethos of Beano, the exhibit showcases past artists and writers who have contributed to the comic and influenced the content throughout the years.
Alongside this content, the exhibit features a ‘How to create a comic’ illustration, a copy of Beano from 1945 (rare due to paper shortages in World War II) and a glance at the eclectic mix of Beano merchandise such as the beloved ‘Fan Club’ memorabilia, chopper bikes and figurines of Beano’s popular characters.
There is also a special focus on the enigmatic Bash Street Kids, whose conception was inspired by pupils at the High School of Dundee and their playground. The school is just a stone’s throw from DC Thomson’s Headquarters at Meadowside and The McManus, which sit across the road in the City’s Albert Square.
The exhibition will be hosted in the World’s capital of comics Dundee, where the publication was born.
Sinclair Aitken, Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said:
“There is already a real buzz around this exhibition and we know that Beano fans young and old are really eager to visit. Beano is wrapped up in the rich fabric of Dundee’s story through the years, so it is really exciting to celebrate their 80th birthday and see this exhibit opening at The McMenace in their hometown.”
Mike Stirling, Head of Beano Studios Scotland said:
“Bash Street’s Back celebrates 80 years of creative rebellion in the ‘World Capital of Comics’. I’m proud that the city’s favourite building has chosen to rename itself in honour of our amazing characters this summer; how brilliantly rebellious is that?!
“Tens of thousands of Dundonians have been involved in making Beano a worldwide phenomenon – so this is their tale too. A local success story, with strong international appeal, every visitor will learn some of Beano’s most cherished secrets…for free!”
The Bash Street takeover also means there is lots on offer to keep families and young people entertained with The McMenace Summer S’Kool, an offering which gives people the chance to explore the exhibition, create comics, make music and work with actors to create perfect comic timing.
‘Bash Street’s Back at The McMenace’ free exhibition at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum, opens on 2 June 2018 until Sunday 21 October 2018.