Blog: Wow! Said the Owl

Wow! Said the Owl is our fun exhibition for Under 5s and their families.

Here’s Helen, our Assistant Director, on why we hope you’ll enjoy this exciting exhibition.

The ‘Wow! Said the Owl’ exhibition is full of opportunities to get hands-on and have fun as a family.

I particularly like the story behind the inspiration for the book. Tim Hopgood’s Grandpa crafted him a beautiful little wooden owl, which is in the exhibition, and that really sparked Tim’s imagination to write the story.

There are lots of learning opportunities in the exhibition, and it’s a brilliant space which nurseries and primary schools can explore for free.

For children who’ve already read ‘Wow! Said the Owl’, they’ll get to see original artwork inspired by the story. For example, there’s an enormous fabric owl created by Wanda Hopgood which is bigger than most of the children who will come and visit!

The exhibition brings the story to life even more. It delves deeper into the book, and parts of it will be very recognisable to those who’ve read it.

Of course, you don’t need to have read the book to enjoy the story. A lot of the story is told through the exhibition, and children will be able to interact with the book through play and exploration.

Tim is an amazing illustrator. His illustrations are bright, colourful and easy for children to immerse themselves in. He has written and illustrated a huge range of books, you can find out more about Tim and his work here-

There are opportunities to explore some of Tim’s other books in the space as well. Tim has written a whole range of beautiful books which you’ll be able to pick up and enjoy in the reading area.

Young Art Explorers, who created the exhibition, have brought together lots of elements from the book and turned them into multi-sensory experiences. Including dressing up in beautiful handmade costumes to become owls, butterflies, sunshine and clouds.

Another great thing about the exhibition is that it’s very interactive. When we say ‘interactive’, people often tend to think of screens and digital games, but it’s about being playful, using your imagination and coming up with your own ideas.

We’re also including children’s artwork in the exhibition- children from Sticky Mits Day Nursery, Cavendish House Day Nursery and Waverley Primary School have created bright sparkly butterflies which flutter around the gallery walls.

For families with Under 5s, and nurseries who have children under 5, Wow! Said the Owl is a brilliant and free opportunity to get involved in something which is both great art and really accessible.

Wow! Said the Owl is on display at The Point’s Gallery until 7 March. Entry is free.

We’re also running a series of storytelling and drawing sessions with illustrator and author, Tim Hopgood.

Find out more and book your place