THERE is a final chance to see a major touring exhibition of the stage and screen work of the UK'S most prominent political and satirical cartoonist at Aberystwyth Arts Centre this weekend.

Sadly, An Evening with Gerald Scarfe, planned for this Saturday with the artist talking about his life, career, creative process and inspirations, has had to be cancelled.

But the exhibition is open until Monday, March 9.

From The House of Illustration, the exhibition explores Scarfe’s extensive work in animation and theatre and costume design. It features preliminary sketches, storyboards, costume and set designs, photographs, ephemera, costumes, set pieces and animation cels.

Known for his acerbic and uncompromising satire, appearing in print in The Sunday Times for 50 years, as well as in Punch and Private Eye, his unmistakable style is given new life on stage and screen.

"Like Pygmalion I always want to bring my creations to life – to bring them off the page and give them flesh and blood, movement and drama. Paintings and drawings are two dimensional. To give them 3D rotundity one has to make a sculpture. To give them life one needs animation or an actor on stage," he said.

He has designed the sets and costumes for many plays, operas and musicals in London, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New Zealand.

Gerald Scarfe has collaborated with Los Angeles Opera several times, including the designs for Fantastic Mr Fox, and The Magic Flute; and also designed the English National Ballet production of The Nutcracker, which was in their Christmas repertoire for five years.

Gerald’s film work includes Walt Disney’s Hercules, and he designed and directed the animation sequences for the film of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, as well as the live concerts. He recently collaborated with Roger Waters once again, for the new live tour of The Wall.

On television Gerald created the opening title sequences for the classic comedy series, Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister.

He has written, directed and appeared in many live action and documentary films for the BBC and Channel 4 and has published a number of books of his work.