The Beacon Hosts New Comic Art Exhibition

A GROUND-BREAKING exhibition of comic artwork is on display at The Beacon Museum.

Commissioned by Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, On the Palm of Unknown by acclaimed graphic novelist Fumio Obata makes surprising connections between the nuclear plants at Fukushima and Sellafield.

Originally from Japan, Fumio has spent years researching the aftermath of the devastation caused by a massive tsunami at the Fukushima power plant in 2011. In experimental and abstract artworks Fumio explores the invisible connections and sentiments between the two different worlds.

The display at the Whiethaven harbourside museum is open now and runs until March 25.

Alan Irwin, The Beacon Museum’s Business Development Manager, said: “This is an abstract look at the effect of the nuclear industry, but done in a remarkably balanced way.

“Mr Obata has used a wide array of media to engage different attitudes and perceptions of not only the Fukushima disaster, but also what the industry means to Cumbrian people in day to day life.”

Without taking a political position, the graphic novelist reflects the ambivalent and mixed opinions people have about nuclear industry in a comic strip format, based upon his own interviews with workers and locals.

Supporters of this exhibition have included the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd and CORE (Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment).

For more information contact The Beacon Museum on 01946 592302 or visit

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