British cartoon & comic art from the 18th century to the present day

The Cartoon Museum is on the move!

The Cartoon Museum is currently closed while it packs up and moves to new premises on Wells Street. We will be reopening in Spring 2019. Find out more about the relocation here.



April - Friday 28 September 2018

In the 1960s, cartoonist Ralph Steadman created the ‘New Cries of London’ – a series of cartoons published in Private Eye that depict London’s mid-century streets and their traders – the street walkers, the touts, the waiters, the cabbies. He was inspired by Paul Sandby’s and Thomas Rowlandson’s 18th century depictions of street hawkers that reveal the diversity and distinctive identity of the city in this period, as well as its deprivation.

Modern day phenomena, like the privatisation of public space, Uber and the growing reliance – or addiction – to mobile phones, continue to alter our streets. We are therefore launching this competition to ask you to help us reveal the politics of our London thoroughfares through cartoon representations of the people that work, live and play the streets.

If you want to enter the competition, you can send your single frame cartoons to us directly to the address below* or via Instagram using the hashtag ‘#LNDST’. The deadline for submissions is Friday 28 September.

A shortlist of entries from each competition will be used to create a Cartoon Museum digital exhibition and display at the new Cartoon Museum that is due to launch in Spring 2019!

The winner, chosen by a judging panel, will win the following:

  • Tickets to the launch of the new Cartoon Museum
  • Annual membership to the new Cartoon Museum
  • Cartoon Creators' Art Kit (value £100)

*If posting your entry, please mark the back with 'Life on London Streets' and your name and contact details.