ANEW exhibition looks at how Tameside families have helped to develop a fabulous new range of storybooks.
Working with arts organisation Stone Soup, children’s author Caryl ● Hart and illustrator Adam Pryce, the families created amazing characters, settings and adventures which have resulted in four brand new children’s books being published.
Story Makers, a hands-on, family-friendly exhibition at Central Art Gallery in Ashton, looks at how the books were developed, from the initial ideas though to the finished articles.
The storybooks were developed over several months at Ashton, Dukinfield, Hattersley and Mossley libraries.
The project aimed to help get children school- ready, to introduce parents to the library service and to engage young families in storytelling.
High-energy storytelling sessions, including songs and parachute games, soon got their creativity flowing. Caryl and Adam worked with the families to decide what their heroes would be like and where the books would be set. Mossley Library participants wanted their book to be set in a swimming pool that turned into an undersea adventure, while those at Dukinfield Library wanted their character to have red curly hair, wear dungarees and carry a giraffe toy.
The Story Makers exhibition celebrates the project and features sketches, notes and photographs from the development of each book. There are plenty of hands-on activities to enjoy while discovering the Story Makers’ adventures.
The exhibition opens at Central Art Gallery, Old Street, Ashton, tomorrow, Friday, April 13, and runs until June 30. The gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12.30pm and 1 to 4pm. It is open from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays. Follow us on Twitter @tmbc_culture to find out about exhibitions and events across Tameside’s museums and galleries.
The Story Makers books were produced with help from local families