Friday, 11 February 2011

Manga workshop in Croydon!

Hello everyone, Inko and Chie will have manga workshops at libraries in Croydon!

Manga workshops for ages 10 - 17

Saturday 19th February 2.30 - 4.30pm
Purley Library, Banstead Road, CR8 3YH
with Chie Kutsuwada

Saturday 26th February 2.30 - 4.30pm
Coulsdon Library, Brighton Road, CR5 2NH
with Inko

We have different style on our manga creations, so there should be varieties of method you can learn! I hope everyone would enjoy for workshops!
Reserve your free tickets at Purley library 020 8726 6900 or



Young artists with an interest in a popular Japanese comic-book art form are in for a treat as three Croydon libraries stage manga workshops during February.

Aimed at artists aged from 10 to 17, the workshops will show how to capture the secrets of drawing the distinctive manga-style characters and then offer the chance to win prizes in a competition to find the best artwork and stories by the youngsters.

Revered manga artists Ai Takita-Lucas – known as Inko – and Chie Kutsuwada will conduct the workshops at Purley and Coulsdon, and talk about an art form that dates from the 19th century, but which has risen to international prominence since World War II.

The workshops will take place at:

  • Purley Library, Banstead Road, on Saturday, 19 February, from 2.30 to 4.30pm, conducted by Chie Kutsuwada;

  • Norbury Library, London Road/Beatrice Avenue, on Tuesday, 22 February, from 1 to 2pm;

  • Coulsdon Library, Brighton Road, on Saturday, 26 February, from 2.30 to 4.30pm, conducted by Ai Takita-Lucas.

Councillor Sara Bashford, cabinet member for customer services, culture and sports, said: “We are fully aware, from previous library service projects and competitions, that the young people of Croydon are a richly talented bunch.

“These workshops are going to give youngsters with an artistic flair a rare chance to meet, talk to and benefit from the experience of two of this country’s leading manga artists – I think they’ll find it incredibly rewarding.”

Admission to all the workshops is free. Places at the Purley and Coulsdon events are limited, so anybody keen to take part in what are sure to be popular workshops can reserve tickets, for either event, by sending an email to Purley Library at or by calling 020 8726 6900.