New family friendly exhibition ‘Wow! Said the Owl’ coming to Clifton Park Museum

Published Thursday, 9th May 2019
Wow! Said the Owl
Wow! Said the Owl

A brand-new family friendly exhibition is being launched at Rotherham’s Clifton Park in time for May Spring Bank Holiday and the summer holidays.

The exhibition, which opens on Saturday 25th May, is based on the much-loved children’s book, 'Wow! Said the Owl' by Tim Hopgood. The exhibition has been specially designed by Tim Hopgood and The Young Art Explorers team to appeal to families and especially under five-year-olds, with lots of sensory and interactive elements. 
In the book, a little owl stays awake during the day for the first time and is amazed by all the colours she sees: ‘Wow! Said the Owl as white fluffy clouds floated across a bright blue sky’. The exhibition seeks to give children the same sense of wonder and amazement by introducing them to colours and inviting them to be creative by playing with shapes, puppets, costumes and drawing.  
Laura Turner from the Young Art Explorers team, who devised the exhibition with illustrator and author Tim Hopgood said: “Wow! Said the Owl is full of lovely illustrations which help to introduce children to the world of colour. We thought it would be wonderful to recreate the book in an exhibition, but also to include lots of interaction for children and families. We can’t wait to see how little owls and big owls will be ‘wowed’ by what they find in this exhibition!”
As well as featuring original artwork by Tim Hopgood, and costumes and textiles by Wanda Szajna Hopgood, the exhibition will also include original artwork produced by children from The Arnold Centre. The children worked with artist Griselda Goldsbrough to decorate their own large red butterflies, similar to the ones which feature in the book. 
Polly Hamilton, Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director, Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “There is lots of evidence to show that children who participate in the arts are more likely to do well at school and live healthier lives. We also know that getting children reading for pleasure is the best way to encourage literacy. These activities are great fun for families and also have important social and educational benefits.” 
The exhibition will run from Saturday 25th May until Sunday 8th September and entrance is free. The exhibition then goes on to tour the country.
The Museum also has a programme of toddler events around the exhibition from June onwards. 

The museum is open:
• Monday to Friday - 10am to 5pm
• Saturdays - 9.30am to 5pm
• Sundays - 1.30pm to 4.30pm 

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