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Journey’s Drawn is on until Sunday 22nd September at Sunderland’s Museum and Winter Gardens

Journey’s Drawn, from the London based House of Illustration, is located in the upstairs gallery of Sunderland’s Museum and Winter Gardens. It’s a collection of illustrations and animations by 12 reportage illustrators, cartoonists and animators who, working as visual journalists, draw on their observations or real-life experiences to document the journey of migrants and refugees, in what proves to be an intimate and thought-provoking exhibition.

As well as finished works, there are sketches and sketchbooks that show the ‘workings out’ of the artists, providing an authentic insight into their creative processes.

Work by Palestinian refugee and cartoonist Mahmoud Salameh, with his astonishing use of colour, includes the decisions he’s made about text, speech bubbles and how he constructed his images.

Reportage illustrator George Butler’s drawings made with watercolours, a dip pen and inks are created on location in suffocating environments. The smell of smoke fumes soaked into the paper.

There’s also a collection of animated works; Karrie Fransman’s ‘infinite zoom’ film, a tableau of beautiful images drawn capturing a refugee’s journey is literally head spinning.  

Whether you’re an illustrator, an animation geek or just an ordinary human being like me, there’s something for everyone to discover and relate to in this extraordinarily beautiful and moving collection.

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