Crafted by children from local nursery, primary, secondary and special schools the full wing-span of Birmingham; this extraordinary showcase saw over 25,000 children from 114 schools spend months experimenting with colour, texture and pattern whilst at the same time undertaking fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
The enthusiasm and commitment of teachers and pupils to be at the core of this unique cultural project has propelled it to become Britain’s biggest schools art event of 2015.
From Wednesday 8 July to Saturday 21 September, 121 owlets were on display to the public in 18 venues across the city. The owlets have now been returned to the schools involved to keep as a permanent memento of their contribution to The Big Hoot.
The 18 sites included parks, museums, shopping destinations and Birmingham Airport, with a parliament of 26 owlets displayed in a centre piece exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
“We have been overwhelmed by the quality, range and diversity of designs from all the participating schools. Each of the owlets told an individual story of the aspirations of young people, their school and their wider community. Thank you to all the teachers, young people and participants for their contribution to the success of The Little Hoot and for clearly demonstrating the importance of creativity in the classroom and beyond.” Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director, Wild in Art
The programme was supported by official Education Partner, The Schools of King Edward VI who have a long history with Birmingham Children’s Hospital and who wanted to increase awareness of its ‘Opening Doors’ campaign – a strategy which is widening access into its five free grammar schools for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
If you’d like it for your records or Arts Award evidence you can still download a copy of The Little Hoot trail map here. The Little Hoot Trail Map (pdf)
Did your school or community group take part in The Little Hoot? How was it for you and what could we have done differently? We want to know all about you, your students and their families experiences, so we can improve upon our education programmes and use the statistical and anecdotal evidence to help us lobby at a national level for greater support for the arts, creativity and health & wellbeing in education settings.
If helping make a change wasn’t incentive enough, we’ll pop all the names of those who complete the following mailchimp survey in a hat and on the 30th of October we’ll randomly select one of you to win three of the lovely commemorative Big Hoot figurines, a great momento of the event and available to purchase from The Big Hoot shop right now.
Key stage appropriate, young people versions of our evaluation forms are available in your education packs, on the CDR in your pack or for you to download below, as we’d really love to hear directly from the pupils at the heart of this project. These can be returned to: Wild in Art, Warmbrook Barn, Thornell Close, Chapel en le Frith, High Peak SK23 0NR.
The pack includes an Owlet sculpture, accompanied by a full curriculum-linked Education Resource Pack; putting creativity at the heart of a study programme designed to complement Key Stage specific teaching of numerous subjects. The pack also included resources that enable groups to address issues such as childhood obesity, mental well-being, emotional intelligence and building resilient communities of young people.
All the schools who took part in the project are featured below, along with their contact details and copies of their owlet venue plaque. If you missed a QR code during your owl hunt, you can now view or download this from each individual schools page below.