Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers comes to Discover Story this autumn

Discover Children’s Story Centre in east London is launching an exciting new interactive exhibition, ‘Once There Was…The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers.’ Discover’s upcoming exhibition explores the beautiful and best-loved work of Oliver Jeffers. Children and families will be able to walk into immersive environments inspired by How to Catch a Star, Up and Down, Lost and Found and The Way Back Home.

The exhibition coincides with the 10th anniversary of the publication of How to Catch a Star, and will feature live storytelling of the ‘Boy’ books and an opportunity to explore a series of spaces that will set children’s imaginations on fire including ‘the Boy’s’ bedroom complete with penguins, aliens, a Lost and Found office, a full-sized rowing boat, a beach, a pier, a garden and a rocket.

Discover’s Joint Chief Executive, Sally Goldsworthy said, ‘This is a unique representation of Oliver’s work where children will be able to physically explore some of their favourite scenes of the superb ‘Boy’ books. Oliver’s books are inspiring, moving and heartening and brilliantly capture the themes of loneliness and friendship in their pages. Discover has recreated his wide open landscapes and made the themes leap from the page.’

Award winning author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers said ‘Discover is an organisation that truly appreciates the picture book artist and is faithful to their vision. I am delighted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of How to Catch a Star with my first fully immersive installation based on the four ‘Boy’ books. I am looking forward to watching families enjoy the experience.’

Discover’s new interactive exhibition for families, "Once There Was..." opens on Saturday 27 September launching the centre’s autumn programme full of inspiration from Oliver Jeffers’ books and drawings.

Discover Children’s Story Centre’s exhibitions have been nominated for the 2012 European Museum Academy International Children’s Museum Award. Once There Was...follows hot on the heels of their blockbuster exhibitions Secret Agents, Journey to Space and sold out collaboration with Punchdrunk Enrichment, The House Where Winter Lives.

Check out the event "Once There Was..." at Discover,  open to the public Saturday 27 September 2014