Thank-you Professional Cartoonist Organisation! PCO, a cartoon group in the UK, mounted a benefit exhibition, “Gagged”, at Westminster Reference Library in central London. Thanks to a great volunteer effort on the part of members of PCO the show was a big success. A sale of cartoons benefited the work of CRNI.
On November 28th an evening event featured a free talk with Andy Davey, Martin Rowson and Jodie Ginsberg from Index On Censorship. Robert Russell, director of CRNI joined the discussion via Skype to highlight current cases of cartoonists imprisoned and facing intimidation around the world. Cartoonist Khalid Albaih also joined by Skype and gave a very moving talk about how European politics influences the flow of refugees from North Africa into European countries.
On Saturday November 25th there was a very successful free cartoon workshop hosted by Banx and The Surreal McCoy.
Special thanks to Director Bill Stott and the PCO cartoonists Glenn Marshall, The Surreal McCoy, Rupert Besley, Andy Davey, Jeremy Banx and other PCO members for all their hard work organizing it all. Thanks as well to those who contributed cartoons and also to the staff at Westminster Library, UK who provided the venue.
Plans are in development to find other venues for the gagged exhibit throughout Great Britain.
CRNI is very grateful for the generosity of PCO as well as the solidarity of cartoonists and friends of cartoonists around the world.