Pontefract Library to host interactive exhibition

09/09/2019, PR-9170

Wow! Said the Owl exhibition
Wow! Said the Owl exhibition

​A new family friendly exhibition based on the much-loved children's book, 'Wow! Said the Owl', is coming to Pontefract Library.

The exhibition, which opens on Tuesday 17 September, has been specially designed by the author and illustrator Tim Hopgood and Young Art Explorers, with sensory and interactive elements to appeal to families and especially children under five-years-old.

As well as featuring original artwork by Tim Hopgood, this free exhibition will also include art produced by children from Harewood Nursery and St Giles C of E Academy. The children worked with artist Griselda Goldsbrough to decorate their own large red butterflies, similar to the ones which feature in the book.

Cllr Jacquie Speight
Cllr Jacquie Speight

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "I am really pleased that the 'Wow! Said the Owl' exhibition is coming to Pontefract Library. It has been designed to be colourful and interactive so that young children and families can explore a world of colours, shapes and textures together.

"Children from Harewood Nursery and St Giles C of E Academy have produced some stunning butterflies and I can't wait to be wowed when I see them displayed in the exhibition."

Children who read are happier, healthier, more empathetic and more creative. The 'Wow! Said the Owl' exhibition encourages parents and children to enjoy reading books together and to be creative by playing with shapes, puppets, costumes and drawing. 

Local schools and nurseries can enjoy a free 'Wow! Said the Owl' workshop with a story time, craft and opportunity to explore the exhibition. Please contact Pontefract Library on 01977 727692 or pontefractlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk to find out more.

This exhibition has been made possible with generous support from Arts Council England and Macmillan Children's Books and will run from Tuesday 17 September until Saturday 14 December at Pontefract Library.

'Wow! Said the Owl' is published by Macmillan Children's Books.

The exhibition will be touring around Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire until 2021.