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Ken Sprague Fund 2010 International Cartoon Competition



Image : Tawan Chuntraskawvong from Thailand



Ken Sprague was a well known and much-loved figure on the North Devon arts scene. The fund was set up after his death, to celebrate and build on his multi-faceted artistic creativity and humanitarianism. Among his many talents, Ken was a great cartoonist. ‘Cartoonists’, Sprague once said, ‘are often, but unfairly, not considered to be artists at all. The question, ”But can you draw properly too?” is a familiar one to most cartoonists.’

History of the Ken Sprague International Cartoon Competition
In recognition of Ken’s work, the Fund organises an international political cartoon competition which is held on a biennial basis. In 2006, its first year, cartoonists submitted work on issues concerning peace, social justice and human progress. The response was extraordinary – over 500 cartoons by almost 200 cartoonists from 40 countries were submitted -. After such a successful start, the Fund ran a second competition ‘Earthworks 2008’. Cartoonists submitted work on climate change and threats to the environment, the number of entries surpassed those in 2006. The competition has achieved significant national coverage in the Guardian, Independent, New Internationalist and other publications in the UK and abroad. Exhibitions of the winners were held around the country.

The competition has shown how cartoonists work in different countries, what their chief concerns are, how they deal with the challenging issues of our time in visual and humorous ways. What is most striking is that through the medium of cartoons, language or translation becomes unnecessary. Despite cultural and language barriers, the cartoonists use a visual imagery that can be understood internationally, across all cultural, religious or political barriers and boundaries.

2010 International Cartoon Competition
The Ken Sprague International Political Cartoon Competition is a keenly-awaited fixture in the calendar of cartoonists worldwide. One of Ken’s main concerns was the issue of social and economic justice, the recent and ongoing financial meltdown has brought such concern once again to the forefront. With a theme of ‘Money Makes the World Go Round’ - globalisation, financial meltdown, fair-trade and economic justice – the 2010 competition will explored this concern.

Appledore Arts was the competition’s co-sponsor and an exhibition of the winners will be exhibited at the Festival. As co-sponsor, Appledore Arts will be awarding our own prize for ‘best emerging artist’ (16 - 22 years).

The jury included cartoonists Martin Rowson, Jacky Fleming and Viv Quillin. Cartoons were judged in terms of their aestheti, professional and artistic qualities. The jury looked for clarity of message, cartooning skill and satirical humour.

2010 Competition Details
The competition was open to cartoonists from all nations. Cash prizes were awarded to the three best cartoons. For further details and images from the cartoon gallery visit www.kenspraguefund.org

examples of entries



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