Hood Fellow: Steve Bell

The renowned political cartoonist Steve Bell will be visiting the University of Auckland as a Hood Fellow from 6 to 17 March.

"Taking the piss is a business that demands considerable application." - Steve Bell

About Steve

Steve Bell (b. 1951) has been principal cartoonist for the Guardian for a quarter of a century.

A graduate in Fine Arts and Film from the University of Leeds, he first established a reputation with the cartoon strip 'Maggie's Farm' – a ferocious serial attack on the government of Margaret Thatcher – which appeared in London's Time Out from 1979. Two years later he began another (still running) satirical strip, 'If', for the Guardian newspaper.

At the Guardian, Steve soon began to work as an editorial and political cartoonist alongside the New Zealand-born Les Gibbard, whom he succeeded as principal cartoonist in 1994. In addition to cartooning for the New Statesman, New Society, Private Eye, Leveller, and other magazines, Steve has made short animated films for the BBC and Channel 4.

A fearless scourge of the political establishment, he is a master of political caricature in the tradition of Hogarth, Gillray and Rowlandson. Drawing freely on the history of western art, he creates images whose satiric ferocity is matched by a richly allusive wit. Four times chosen as the United Kingdom's Cartoonist of the Year, Steve holds honorary degrees from five British universities.

In 2014 he delivered the 21st Lewis Walpole Library Lecture at Yale on Hogarth: 'Offensive Vulgarity in an age of Enlightenment'.


What Steve will be doing

While in Auckland Bell will be involved in at least the following events:

  • Visit students in the Elam School of Fine Arts
  • Take part in a further discussion group

Public lecture

Steve will give one public lecture:

Abusing power: The cartoonist in a post-truth world
Thursday 16 March | 6pm | Fisher & Paykel Appliances Auditorium | Owen G Glenn Building | Register

Panel discussion

Steve will join cartoonists Sharon Murdoch and Chris Slane in a panel discussion:

Picturing politics
Tuesday 14 March | 5pm | Room OGGB5 | Owen G Glenn Building | Register


There will be two exhibitions of Steve's cartoons:

Caught on paper: The work of cartoonist Steve Bell
3-31 March | Ground Floor | General Library | Alfred St

Inked on paper: Satirical drawings By Steve Bell
8 March - 22 April | Gus Fisher Gallery | 74 Shortland St | Auckland City

Books for sale

Some of Steve’s books will be on sale at UBS.

The Hood Fund

The Hood Fund is a special fund that was created to mark Dr John Hood's Vice-Chancellorship at the University of Auckland.

It aims to enhance the interaction between University staff and leading international talent in order to retain our leading researchers, and to attract the best international research talent to our university.

The Fund provides:

  • Travelling Fellowships to enable selected academic staff to undertake short-term research at prestigious international institutions.
  • Visiting Fellowships to enable overseas academics to challenge and inspire research at the University of Auckland.

Find out more about the Hood Fund