Japanese Manga art takes over Gosport with colourful new exhibition

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IT HAS taken over the world and now it is taking over Gosport.

A vivid exhibition looking at the global phenomenon of Japanese Manga art has arrived at the Gosport Gallery.

ON SHOW An example of the Manga work on display at the exhibition

ON SHOW An example of the Manga work on display at the exhibition

The display, called How Manga Took Over the World, explores the art form’s influence on art, fashion, TV and literature.

Manga has enjoyed a mainstream following in the UK after the success of cartoons, graphic novels and computer games.

Education officer Wendy Redman, from the gallery, said: ‘It’s different to what I was expecting.

‘It’s got a whole range of different themes and different characters.

‘It appeals to everybody, from youngsters who are into things like Pokemon to the more hardcore Manga fans.

‘It’s very bright and colourful. When you walk in it just hits you.

‘I was surprised at what a following Manga art has in our area. There are lots of clubs and groups in Gosport dedicated to the art, especially at schools.

‘It’s very important that we offer something to younger people.’

The exhibition is divided into five sections and examines the key traits of Manga art and its history. It is hoped the collection of colourful prints will encourage more young people to visit the Gosport Gallery.

Artist Mark Lewis led a Manga master class for students and fans at an art inspiration day.

Further Manga-themed events are planned for the summer including a day of Sumo wrestling.

The exhibition runs until June 25 at the Gosport Gallery in Ordnance Road.

The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and entrance is free.