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3rd August 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3rd November 2019 @ 5:00 pm

A Claw-some exhibition at the River & Rowing Museum!

There’s still time to visit our Bears! exhibition from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books –  inspired by the greatest picture book bears in children’s literature.

Exhibition visitors will meet literature’s most famous bears including Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh, before discovering new stories filled with polar bears, panda bears and toy bears.  Artwork and manuscripts featured in the exhibition will include Hugless Douglas, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Bear and The Piano and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

Bears! is an opportunity to see beautiful, inspiring illustrations and preparatory artwork from the creators of many favourite bear books, including Jon Klassen, Anthony Browne, Lucy Letherland, Jackie Morris, Petr Horacek, Dave Shelton, Jim Field, David Litchfield, Helen Cooper, David Melling, Rebecca Cobb, Sav Akyuz, Jane Hissey, Joel Stewart, Emily Gravett and Chris Riddell.
The exhibition is also an opportunity to gain an insight into the process of illustration with many artists using a combination of traditional and digital techniques including;  Jon Klassen, Emily Gravett, Jim Field, Joel Stewart, David Litchfield, Dave Shelton, Sav Akyuz and Lucy Letherland.

Exhibition highlights include:
• Original artwork by Robert Ingpen of the Hundred Acre Wood, from the well-known series Winnie the Pooh written by A.A. Milne.
• Original artwork by Barbara Firth for ‘Can’t You Sleep Little Bear’ (Walker, 1989), written by Martin Waddell.
• Michael Rosen’s annotated typescript draft of Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (1989, Walker).
• Ladybird Edition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears (c. 1972)
• Original dummy book artwork by Harold Jones for his ‘Jack and The Bean Stalk’ (Oxford University Press, 1960) edited by Kathleen Lines.

Gill Rennie, Senior Curator at Seven Stories said: ‘Almost everyone has a teddy bear!  And over the last one hundred years bears have become increasingly popular subjects for children’s authors and illustrators.  What is it about bears that we love so much?  And what adventures are bears getting up to in books today? Visit the exhibition to find out!’

Wonderful Bears exhibition courtesy of Seven Stories – catch it before it ends! Our little one loved spotting all of the bears he knows from his favourite books, dressing up as bears & reading bear books in the cave upstairs!”

Bears! will be on display at until 3 November, so don’t miss it.

Free with admission. 

Don’t miss: Bears’ Glade

Bears' Glade

After visiting the exhibition downstairs, discover a world of Bears upstairs! Go on your own bear hunt through the bears’ glade, curl up with your favourite story in the bear cave and enjoy dressing up as your favourite characters.


3rd August 2019 @ 10:00 am
3rd November 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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