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The Joy Of Toy


A retrospective exhibition of some of the landmark pieces by sub-culture artists and designers who work in the contemporary pop art medium of character and toy design.

The sub-culture of the vinyl toy, sometimes referred to as designer vinyl or art toys, has been steadily growing over the past decade. With companies such as Kidrobot exhibiting in Selfridges and adFunture Workshop exhibiting in the V&A, its unabated growth in popularity is both a niche consumer market and an art movement in itself. These aren’t the sort of toys to be played with, they are collected treasured and cared as affordable art pieces, produced in limited quantities and the rarer the better! Alongside the exhibition there will be a gallery pop-up shop and special artist signings of products.

Iconic pieces by artists such as Kaws, Michael Lau, Eric So, Bounty Hunter and James Jarvis will be displayed alongside a collection of prints, drawings and paintings. More…

Where: Eastwick Gallery, 214 Brick Lane, London
When: November 6 to November 12, 2009

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"It was fascinating and welcoming..."
Mike Leader

"It's fun, it's informative, it's inspirational, and it's an absolute must-do."
Gosh! Comics

"...this was awesome."
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"I arrived to find a queue for the sold-out event stretching out of the building."
Paul Tierney

"...Sacco had some interesting things to say about the comics form in general."
Simon Hacking

"...all [24 hour comic day] participants felt a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction by the end."
Jim Medway

"Yet another fabulous evening."
Martin Eden

"...some of the UK's sharpest cartoonists gathered at the ICA in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story."
The New Statesman

"Comiket... was packed to bursting with enthusiastic, earnest artists hustling their work."
Mike Leader

"It was definitely worth the trip."
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