Resistance Sustenance Protection

Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021

Resistance Sustenance Protection

Resistance Sustenance Protection is a year of drawings - a pandemic record, an archive, a call for change.

Created by Rachael House during, and relating to the pandemic, this new book, published in May 2021 will be launched as part of Estuary 2021 with an accompanying outdoor exhibition and drawing workshop at Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea. 

Resistance Sustenance Protection reflects on the political and personal of the pandemic, locally and globally. Subjects include queer issues, mental health, raging about government (in)decisions, daily walks and occasional pleas to the genderqueer deities.  It includes essays by Rosie Cooper, Head of Exhibitions at De La Warr Pavilion and by queer feminist cartoonist Kate Charlesworth. 

Resistance Sustenance Protection - Book Launch
Friday 28 May 


Book your ticket HERE

This launch event includes Drawn Out, live readings from seven artists making sequential art during the C-19 pandemic. Their diverse drawings are humorous, angry, painful and profound. Their work touches upon the everyday, the personal, class, race, long covid, queer politics, disability, that which connects us, and more.

Rachael House @rachaellhouse
Holly Casio @hollycasio
Natasha Natarajan @fml.comics
Robert Bidder @robbidder
Candy Guard @candyguard and @dollypondnow
Monique Jackson @_coronadiary
Jess Hannar @bookcoverdrawing

Resistance Sustenance Protection - Comic Making Workshop
Sunday 13 June 
Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea SS16 4UH

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Rachael House is an artist who makes zines and comics. She believes that these can be a force for good in the world. Comics can make our voices heard, build communities, share information and be extremely useful for venting our rage. We can do this whatever our level of artistic ability- our drawings only have to be strong enough to carry the idea.

In this workshop Rachael will lead participants through a clear process to produce an issue based four-panel comic strip to be used as a poster. No previous experience is necessary, materials will be provided.

Recommended age 16+. 

Praise for Rachael House 
"Presented in galleries and museums, House’s art can also be found in places where it can get things done: in parks, nightclubs and in the streets."
Rosie Cooper, Head of Exhibitions, De La Warr Pavilion

"Thank God for Rachael House! In this bleak year of never-ending lockdowns these honest, brave and beautiful daily thoughts have helped me stay afloat and hopeful."
Steven Appleby, cartoonist, artist and author of DRAGMAN

"Rachael’s comics reflect us, challenge us, motivate us, and instigate us, speaking truth in image and text - all of this while stubbornly maintaining hope for our future."
MK Czerwiec, creator of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371

"Resistance, sustenance, protection: Rachael’s work is a toolkit to help us in these strange days - and in others to come."
Kate Charlesworth, cartoonist, illustrator and graphic novelist.


Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021
11:00 - 17:00


Dutch Barn on the Village Green, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane
Pitsea, Basildon
SS16 4UH


Nearest railway station Pitsea (C2C).


Outdoors. Ground floor full disabled access.

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