Wood Group sponsors brand new exhibition!

Seven Stories announces Wood Group sponsorship

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, is delighted to announce the support of international energy services company, Wood Group, for an exciting exhibition which opens at Seven Stories on 21st July 2017. Support from Wood Group will enable Seven Stories to stage a major new touring exhibition Comics – explore and create comic art at Seven Stories.

The exhibition will celebrate the creativity of today’s children’s comic makers in a fun, accessible and engaging way for a family audience, harnessing the potential of comics to generate excitement for reading in children and young people. Visitors will find themselves in a comic book land on a journey to discover how a comic is made. A school learning offer and outreach programme will encourage young people to explore, experiment, create and share their own comic art. For new readers or older children who struggle with literacy, comics are a great confidence-builder. Children of all backgrounds, including those who may not have access to books at home, can often take to comics naturally and are able to talk about them with great enthusiasm and knowledge.

Seven Stories will launch its partnership with Wood Group with an opportunity for local employees to be amongst the first families to enjoy the exhibition. Showing at Seven Stories until June 2018, the exhibition will then go on tour across the UK.

Seven Stories is the only place in Britain dedicated to the art of children’s books and the joy of reading, and one of just a few such places in the world. Opened in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2005, its work is enjoyed by over 150,000 people across the UK every year. Seven Stories is home to the national collection of manuscripts and original illustrations by some of the UK's finest authors and children's illustrators, including work by Judith Kerr, Philip Pullman, Enid Blyton and Nick Sharratt. A rolling programme of inspirational exhibitions, events and learning programmes realises Seven Stories’ aim to save, celebrate and share Britain’s literary heritage for children.

Wood Group is an international energy services company with around $5bn sales and operating in more than 40 countries. The Group designs, modifies, constructs and operates industrial facilities mainly for the oil & gas sector, right across the asset life-cycle.

Wood Group’s industrial services business, which has chosen to support Seven Stories, provides new build, fabric maintenance and decommissioning services across offshore and onshore industries such as oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, power generation, marine, utilities, transport infrastructure and building construction and refurbishment.

Dave Stewart, CEO of Wood Group’s Asset Life Cycle Solutions business in the Eastern region, said: “We are delighted to support Seven Stories which does vital work to inspire children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to read, learn and achieve their own potential.

“Seven Stories is the national leader in children’s books and bringing them to life for younger audiences, providing a cultural resource for children, young people, schools and families. It’s a wonderful facility that attracts many thousands of visitors and also provides a range of excellent learning activities to promote a love of books and reading.”

Kate Edwards, Chief Executive at Seven Stories said: “We are delighted to establish a partnership with Wood Group. Working with such a prestigious company, who have a large presence in our North East home, is very exciting. They are genuinely committed to giving something back to the region’s schools and communities and we look forward to encouraging children to discover a love of books and reading together.”



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