Ting Comic & Graphic Arts FestivalTingfest
Named after Merle “Ting” Tingley, London Free Press’ editorial cartoonist from 1948 to 1986, Tingfest is an annual three-week celebration curated by The ARTS Project that showcases the work of past, present and future comic and graphic artists from Southwestern Ontario.
While this festival is an homage to Ting’s work and influence on generations of artists, Tingfest is a rare forum for emerging and established artists to present their work to the public through a gallery show that is complemented with free events and programs.
This year marks Tingfest’s fifth anniversary –celebrate with us from April 17 to May 5, 2018!
2018 Featured Artists
- Billy Bert Young
- Brad Biederman
- Christopher Dupon-Martinez
- Eric Cator
- Jacqui Oakley
- Jeremy Bruneel
- Lauren Degraaf
- Merle “Ting” Tingley
- Michael Cho
- Sara Froese
- Scott McKowen
- Willow Dawson
As a special 5th anniversary Tingfest feature, we are also bringing SHUFFLE -a 4PANEL Project curated by Ting alumnus Mark Laliberte- to our gallery. SHUFFLE is a collaborative animation that features the work of London-connected artists Heidi Berton, Meg Dearlove, Ben O’Neil, and another Ting alumnus Owen Marshall.
2018 Tingfest Schedule
These events and activities complement the exhibition and comic pop-up shop in The ARTS Project’s gallery, where everyone can attend anytime during operating hours (Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.).
About The ARTS Project
Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays - Saturdays, from noon until 5 p.m.
The ARTS Project (TAP) is driven to transform the community by providing a creative hub that supports emerging artists in multiple disciplines. With a gallery, black-box theatre, multi-use workshop space, and ten resident artist studios, we provide quality facilities and innovative programs that nourish passions, mentor creators, and overcome barriers to creativity.
The Arts Project
Countdown to Tingfest
Ting Comic & Graphic Arts Festival (“Tingfest”) is a three-week celebration that showcases the artwork of several comic and graphic artists from London and the greater Southwestern Ontario area.
Merle Tingley was a famed editorial cartoonist for the London Free Press from 1948 to 1986, known for his iconic mascot ‘Luke Worm’ that he hid in every daily cartoon he drew for the newspaper. In 2014, Ting was inducted into the Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame, recognizing his extensive body of work and influence on several artists who grew up following his comics and searching for the Luke Worm trademark. The subjects he drew about decades ago are timeless and continue to be relevant to this day. Every year at Tingfest, we exhibit a selection of his editorial cartoons, creating excitement for visitors as they relive their childhood memories and search for Luke Worm again.
The ARTS Project would like to thank our festival funders and sponsors. Tingfest is made possible by their generous support and enthusiasm.
We would also like to acknowledge the support of our Community Partners:
News & Updates
Our full schedule for our 2018 Ting Comic & Graphic Arts Festival has been announced! We’ve got animation, artist talks, book signings, and more. Let’s call this your guide to binging all things comic and graphic arts for the next three weeks.
Interested in Tingfest? Having any questions or feedback? We'd love to hear your words!