EXHIBITION | In The Making Since a Hundred of Years | Leslie Thompson

Dates: 26th May – 4th July 2022.


Private view: 26th May, 2-5pm.


Venue: 45 Hilton Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester.


Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 1 – 5pm.


Leslie Thompson launches his second solo show of the year with, ‘In The Making Since a Hundred of Years’. The exhibition is the culmination of a lockdown exploration of the history of black comic book superheroes (1935 – 2020).


Leslie’s drawings are a reinterpretation of the characters he researched during the pandemic, made using his ‘memory and imagination’. A publication accompanies the exhibition featuring all of Leslie’s chosen superheroes and will be available to purchase at the exhibition and in our online shop here.


In Leslie’s words:


In the making since a hundred of years, the dark black comic books was made and they are good heroes in the cartoon. They are fantastic in comics in animation in the 1930’s 40’s 50’s 60’s 70’s tracking down crime all over America and across the world and out of this earth. 


It is a story about these black African American characters in these comics since a hundred years of entertaining. It is exciting to see all these new cape crusaders in the early period of all history. Could be in the record books soon. Good news. It’s fabulous and good creating this picture on the drawing paper. 


In The Making Since a Hundred of Years’ is part of A Modest Show, the collateral programme to British Art Show 9.


A video tour of the exhibition is available to watch here. 




It is with regret that we must inform visitors that 45 Hilton Street is not accessible to wheelchair users.

Please read our access statement for full details here.