Children from one of the country’s most unruly schools have overrun a city centre art gallery in celebration of their 80th birthday.
The McManus Gallery will feature a very special “menacing” exhibition this summer commemorating one of Dundee’s most famous exports The Beano.
An exhibit focusing on favourites The Bash Street Kids and the comics’ birth will take place in the centre from June 2 and the gallery will be temporarily renamed the McMenace for its five month duration.
The Beano was born in Dundee in 1937 at DC Thomson’s Meadowside headquarters.
Inspired by children playing in the grounds of the adjacent High School of Dundee, comic artists created the iconic Bash Street Kids, who spend the majority of their time getting up to hi-jinks and mischief – much to the chagrin of mortar-board-wearing Teacher.
Other epochal characters who will feature in the exhibit include Dennis and Gnasher, Roger the Dodger, Minnie the Minx.
Sinclair Aitken, chair of Leisure and Culture Dundee, said they could not wait to start the birthday celebrations.
He said: “We think that the Beano’s 80th is an outstanding achievement, its influence shows the test of time as it is still so incredibly popular with children today.
“We can’t wait to celebrate the birthday of this comic in its hometown. They have created so many iconic characters through the years from Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx to the fantastic Bash Street Kids.
“This exhibition is a very special collaboration between ourselves and Beano Studios and we look forward to welcoming visitors of all generations from near and far, when the exhibit opens in early June.”
Mike Stirling, head of Beano Studios Scotland, said: “Dundee is the hometown of The Dandy and Beano, and so for us, there is no better partner than The McManus to celebrate our 80th milestone with.
“The exhibit will offer fans a glimpse into the history of the comics, and showcase the rebellious and fun characters of the comics throughout the ages and display how they still connect with children today.”
The exhibition will be free to enter and will run from June 2 to October 21.