Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 11:45

A 24-hour art challenge takes place at the Eden Project on Friday and Saturday, February 4 and 5.

24hr Comic Etc. has invited 24 artists to take their work out of the studio and into the spotlight, enabling visitors to gain a unique insight into the creative process.

Eight of these artists will embark on a 24-hour long challenge at Eden starting midday next Friday, working through the night to produce a story in 24 sections inspired by the local area.

The project demonstrates that great things are possible in just 24 hours and allows visitors to see a range of artists at work. Participants will have to push themselves to their creative limits to complete their stories.

The unique event can be seen at Eden from noon until 3pm on Friday and from 9am to 9pm on Saturday.

Cornish and Devon residents can gain free entry to Eden for a year for just £5 with proof of address.

24hr Comic Etc. is directed by Phil Rushworth and Tom Sharpe and supported by FEAST, a programme that makes great art happen across Cornwall.

The project is also supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Cornwall Community Trust and Barefoot Games.

Phil Rushworth said: “Everyone is welcome to call in, participate and contribute to this true community art event. There will be space for anyone to draw, take part or just soak up the creative atmosphere.”

The Eden Project event is the second of three 24-hour challenges, the first of which took place at Wadebridge Town Hall in January.

The 24hr Comic idea was the brainchild of American cartoonist Scott McCloud in 1990 and the challenge has since been taken up by thousands of professional and amateur artists worldwide. 24Hr Comic Etc. is an exciting follow up to 2009’s The Falmouth 24hr Comic, where 10 illustrators were each challenged to create a 24-hour-long comic.

This time the project promises to be bigger, better and more interactive with a wider range of artistic practices taking part.

Wadebridge participant and artist Charlotte Williams said: “For me, this experience was priceless. I found it indulgent to be able to spend 24 hours to explore and further my ideas as a Fine Artist. I felt a great sense of achievement!”.

The last 24-hour event is at The Liskerett Centre in Liskeard on Friday, February 18. The organisers would like to invite everyone to come along to the events. For those that can't make it the event will be blogged live via the website:, where you will also find information on participants, images and ideas to recreate your own 24hr challenge. All work produced by the artists and members of the public will be published on the website. Join the project online or in person and find out what amazing things are possible in just twenty four hours. 24hr Comic Etc. will be in The Core at the Eden Project from midday on Friday, February 4. Doors open at 9am and close at 3pm, last entry is at 1.30pm. The Eden project currently offers free entry for a year for £5 for Cornwall and Devon residents. For further details and to follow the challenge please visit