A comics exhibition dedicated to the Beano in Dundee has been described as the ‘most popular’ of its kind ever held in the UK.
‘Bash Street’s Back at The McMenace’ is also the most popular exhibition ever held at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum.
To celebrate, the ‘Minnie Lisa’ by Duh Vinci has been revealed at the show for its final weeks; over 80,000 visitors have joined celebrations for Beano’s 80th year since the show launched in June.
Beano Studios and The McManus collaborated to create the bespoke exhibition dedicated to the much loved Beano characters and comic. The show has also seen the visitor attraction change their name to ‘The McMenace’. It is now hoped that visitor numbers reach 100k by the time the show comes to the end of its run on October 21, 2018.
The current visitor figures beat the previous highest total of 54,324 who visited Comics Unmasked at the British Library in 2014. Visitor numbers also exceed notable exhibitions at The McManus. These include Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian’s Diana and Actaeon and Roman Empire: Power and People.
Billy Gartley, Head of Cultural Services at Leisure & Culture Dundee, said: “Bash Street’s Back at the McMenace has been hugely popular since opening in June and has drawn audiences across the generations. Its appeal has reached Dundee and beyond, with half of our visitors from the city and half travelling from further afield. The exhibition has focussed on many elements of the Beano from design to production and our learning and engagement teams have ensured that visitors can immerse themselves in the Beano experience. With the opening of V&A Dundee, Tay Country is now even more of a distinct cultural tourism hotspot. I’m sure that visitors will love seeing the fabulous McMenace exhibition and help us reach that special 100,000 visitors.”
Mike Stirling, Head of Beano Studios Scotland, said: “We’re so proud that 80,000 visitors have enjoyed the exhibition in Beano’s 80th year. It really goes to emphasise that Dundee is the World Capital of Comics and a true rebel city, embracing Bash Street’s Back as the most popular exhibition ever. It’s great to break yet another record this summer, but we’re not finished quite yet. I had a dream we’d reach 100,000 visitors and now we’re so tantalisingly close we’ve decided to unleash this money-can’t-buy incentive to tempt that last 20,000 people through the door. We can’t wait to meet the winner!”
Everyone who visits McMenace between now and the closing date of October 21 can enter a prize draw. The winner will be immortalised as a Beano character and introduced to the world on Beano.com. All visitors have to do to enter is share a picture of themselves at the exhibition on social media accompanied with the “bashtag” #McMenace.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 21 October, 2018. Admission FREE. Opening times: Mon to Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12.30-4.30pm.