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Ted Lewis – Get Carter: 50th Anniversary Exhibition

Ted Lewis Get Carter 50th Anniversary exhibition imagery - a man with a gun in front of terraced houses

Selection of images form Ted Lewis exhibition



19 September to 9 January

Ted Lewis (1940-1982) was an artist, illustrator and writer living in Barton-upon-Humber in North Lincolnshire. He was best known for creating the character Jack Carter, the protagonist in the 1971 cult film Get Carter, starring Michael Caine. Originally set in Scunthorpe, Lewis’ novel Jack’s Return Home was relocated to Newcastle/Gateshead for the film.

We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic 1970 novel Jack’s Return Home, which was re-published as Get Carter after the release of the iconic film the following year.

In this open-call exhibition we’ve invited artists, illustrators and designers to re-imagine the cover of Ted Lewis’ book (either under the title Get Carter or the original Jack’s Return Home).

The exhibition features an international selection of 25 artists inspired by Ted Lewis and his work including:

Kelly Barfoot, Amy Bucki, Ben Bucki, Daniele Bongiovanni, Abbie Cairns, Sean Coleman, Kirsty Dawson, Kevin Dolan, David Green, Tom Hackett, Peter Heaton, Gareth Hughes, Richard Hyde, Bronek Kram, Richard Lees, Dale Mackie, Michael March, Nick J Morfitt, Playborough, Simon le Ruez, Yulia Sharova, Mr What and Mrs Why, Stephen Whitton and Jonathan Wilkinson

The artworks will be shown alongside original versions of the Jack’s Return Home and Get Carter books.

For more information about the life of Ted Lewis visit the Ted Lewis Group website.

For information about visiting the exhibition during COVID-19 please visit the Visiting 20-21 page on our website.