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Illustrating Anthropology

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This exhibition explores human lives around the world through comics, drawings, and paintings of anthropological research.

The event is free and held in the Open Eye Gallery outdoor atrium space, 12-30 November.

From researchers who use illustration as a method to capture their experiences of fieldwork, to those who put pens into the hands of the people they are researching to better understand their world view, this exhibition draws together a wide range of contemporary illustration as research practice.

Drawing has long been part of anthropological research and communication, in the form of maps, field-note sketches, and kinship diagrams.

Now anthropologists are increasingly recognising the phenomenal story-telling power of narrative-driven illustration as a way to return their research to the communities they work with, and to share their findings far and wide.

Produced with support from the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Curated by Jennifer Cearns and Laura Haapio-Kirk (RAI Public Anthropology Fellows), and Dr Benjamin Dix (Founding Director of PositiveNegatives who produce comics, animations, and podcasts about social and humanitarian issues).

You can also view the wider exhibition online at

This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. For further information see

Please practice a 2 metre distance between yourself and others, where possible.

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