"Interactive, dreamlike and playful"


To sit alongside the Drawing Words exhibition we have commissioned Cumbria-based artist Hannah Fox to create a playful, interactive and imaginative space designed especially for children to respond to themes of the exhibition. 

Inspired by Lauren Child’s passionately held belief that it is vital for children to ‘daydream and stare out of the window’ the immersive play space is designed to encourage children to spend their time looking, listening and creating. 

The installation is reminiscent of a pop-up book, where children can move from one page (or world) to the next whether that’s a treehouse, out under the night sky or under the bed.  These are places that children might go to imagine or daydream with each space full of drawing activities and carefully designed to spark imaginations – all inspired by the work of the illustrators featured in Drawing Words. 

Drawing Words also features work created by local young people at workshops hosted by Seven Stories and Hannah Fox at Byker Community Trust. Nine participating children were asked to explore their imaginary world based on Laura Carlin’s collage techniques in A World of Your Own and their finished designs are on display in the gallery.