Doctor Simpo, The Norms: Process and Production

14 September - 31 October 2018

Doctor Simpo (aka Ben Simpson) is a cartoonist using a variety of analogue and digital technologies including 16mm, lithograph, silk screen, letterpress, pencil and ink, modelling clay, interactive art, puppetry and Pentel Sign Pens (his favourite felt-tip pen).

This exhibition will showcase his multifaceted publication The Norms. Realised in 3D as if stepping into his narrative world, the show will include a glow in the dark dimension for Light Night.

As an ‘ideas man,’ Simpo celebrates eighteen years since he studied at Leeds Arts University, The Glasgow School of Art, The Pratt Institute and The Royal College of Art.

Doctor Simpo will be ‘holding-court’ on specific dates through-out the course of the exhibitions run and will also be curating a symposium on the theme of ‘Women World Builders.’

Opening night: Thursday 13 September 2018, 5-7pm
Free entry. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. Booking not required.


Women World Builders Symposium (Part of the Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival)
Friday 21 September 2018 1-5pm, Vernon Street Lecture Theatre
Free entry but booking is required - click here to book your place.

  • Louise Curtis (Musician, Performer and Composer)
  • Rosemary Chalmers (Creature Designer, Leeds Arts University)
  • Virpi Kettu (Director-Animator)
  • Rosie Summers (VR World Builder and Animator)

Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival
Make-a-Monster: Saturday 22 September 2018, 10am-3pm (drop-in, 3-6 year olds)
Ask-the-Artist Talk: Saturday 22 September 2018, 12-1pm

Light Night
Thursday 4 October 2018, 6–9pm
Friday 5 October 2018, 6–9.30pm

Halloween Closing Event: Underground Comix Launch and Talk (18+) (Graham P. Manley and other legends of Underground Comix)
Wednesday 31 October 2018, 3-7pm

Dr SimpoImage: Doctor Simpo, The Norms, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

  • 14 September - 31 October 2018
  • Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds Arts University, LS2 8PH (Get Directions)