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Emotional Need, an exhibition by Adam Lewis Jacob with works by Donald Rooum, installation view, 2017. Photo by Tom Nolan.

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Donald Rooum, original drawings for comic strip, 1975–2014. Photo by Tom Nolan.

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Emotional Need, an exhibition by Adam Lewis Jacob with works by Donald Rooum, installation view, 2017. Photo by Tom Nolan.

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Stools customized by the artist with anarchist stickers, 2017. Photo by Tom Nolan.

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Donald Rooum, original drawings for comic strip, 1975–2014. Photo by Tom Nolan.


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Adam Lewis Jacob

Emotional Need

27 May – 2 July 2017 

An exhibition by Adam Lewis Jacob with works by Donald Rooum

Emotional Need explores the life and work of anarchist cartoonist Donald Rooum, who has been involved in political organising, publishing and comic illustration since the late-1940s. Donald’s commitment to anarchist politics and humorous drawings are the catalyst for a new film, rhythmically combining a series of informal interviews with Donald with performed extracts of his writing, animated cartoons and staged performances.

The film is exhibited alongside a new soft-sculpture by Adam and a selection of Donald’s original drawings and ephemera related to his Wildcat Comics series. This long-running political satire, features a small cast of characters centred around the short-tempered anarchist Wildcat and an intellectual bird called Free-range Egg Head, who take on familiar targets such as bosses, government officials and the monarchy.


Download the exhibition information here.


Satellites Programme is Collective’s development programme for emergent artists and producers based in Scotland. 2017 participants are: Grace Johnston, Alex Impey, Adam Lewis Jacob, Ross Little and Timothea Armour.