Wow! Said the Owl at the Cooper Gallery

Part of our Families guide

Debbie Cowley, Families Editor
Man reading to baby in Wow said the Owl exhibition

Wow! Said the Owl at the Cooper Gallery, Until 20 June 2020, free entry - Visit now

“Wow!” said the Owl, as white fluffy clouds floated across a bright blue sky…

The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley brings you a vibrant new exhibition, based on the much-loved children’s book, ‘Wow! Said the Owl‘ by Tim Hopgood. The team at Young Art Explorers have worked closely with Tim Hopgood to create a multi-sensory experience that aims to inspire in children the same sense of excitement the owl experiences in the story.

In doing so the exhibition naturally appeals to young families, with lots of sensory and interactive elements to get stuck in to. The team have drawn on the theme of wonder and exploration from the book to design exhibits that encourage children to get creative by playing with colours, shapes, puppets, costumes and drawing.

Cooper Gallery
Cooper Gallery

The Cooper Gallery has an exciting programme of contemporary art exhibitions, as well as a stunning collection of 17th – 20th Century art. They’re well known for their craft showcase and making families welcome in this dynamic space.

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!”

The exhibition is recommended for children of any age but is especially suited to under 5s.

Entry to the exhibition and the launch event is free of charge.

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