For the third time in less than twelve months the Commando archive has been opened to allow artwork to be used in a public exhibition. After the Draw Your Weapons exhibition in London's National Army Museum and the Battlelines exhibition in the University Of Dundee barely a month later, the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen are about to present Steadfast! Commando at The Gordon Highlanders Museum.
This is a new display of Commando artwork especially selected by the museum from the DC Thomson archive and includes a special section commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein and the role of the Gordon Highlanders in the Desert War in 1942 and 1943. The exhibition opens at the museum on Monday 9 July 2012 and runs until Friday 30 November 2012 and entrance to the Steadfast! exhibition is included in the general admission price for the museum.
In addition to the exhibition itself, the museum will be holding the following tie-in events -
Meet the Commando Team - Monday 9 July 2012
"A unique opportunity to meet the team behind Commando Comics. A short talk will be followed by a Q&A and signing session."
This session will include Commando editor Calum Laird, deputy editor Scott Montgomery, graphic designer Grant Wood, former editor George Low and two long time Commando and DC Thomson artists, Ian Kennedy and Gordon Livingstone.
Monday 9 July, Sir Jack Hayward Room, 13.00 – 14.00. Free but booking required. This is a family event for age group 5+.
Operation: Art Attack! Children’s Session - Friday 20 July 2012
"To coincide with our special exhibition, Steadfast! Commando at The Gordon Highlanders Museum, we are offering this unique opportunity to create your very own Commando style comic. Starting with basic building blocks you will discover the techniques needed to bring a story to life through illustration and design. Working with an artist you will create a finished piece by the end of the session."
Friday 20 July, The Education Room, 10.00 – 12.00, then a one hour break for lunch before restarting at 13.00, ending at 15.00. Lunch not provided, bring your own or use the museum tearoom. Cost £10.00 per child (payment made on the day), booking required. Suitable for age group 9+.
Operation: Art Attack! Adult Session - Saturday 21 July 2012
Saturday 21 July , The Education Room, 10.00 – 12.00, then a one hour break for lunch before restarting at 13.00, ending at 15.00. Lunch not provided, bring your own or use the museum tearoom. Cost £15.00 per adult (payment made on the day), booking required. Suitable for age group 16+.
Commando Collage - Wednesday 25 July 2012
"Commando covers are famous for their vibrant design, action and accuracy. This class will explore our special exhibition as inspiration to design your very own Commando comics front cover using collage techniques. "
Wednesday 25 July, The Education Room, 11.00 – 13.00. £2 per child (payment made on the day), booking required. Suitable for age group 5+.
Steadfast! Commando At The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen runs from 9 July to 30 November 2012.
There are more details about the exhibition on the museum website and an up-to-date listing of all the museum's events in the website's events section.