By Kelly Wickham
Children played a special game of seek when they tried to spot a lovable character in Chichester’s art gallery.
This half-term, Wally, one of the world’s most famous children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – has been travelling the country and appearing in museums, including a visit to the city’s Pallant House Gallery.
Families have been joining in the search for Wally as part of Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums, to celebrate the release of the new book, Where’s Wally? Double Trouble at the Museum.
Jenna Little and her daughter Millie, aged five visited the gallery this week and The hunt has been running at the gallery since Saturday, October 26 and finishes this Sunday (November 3).
Families can join in the search for Wally in the gallery’s search-and-find trail as part of this nationwide campaign, giving families the chance to receive an ‘I Found Wally!’ sticker at the end and to enter the Where’s Wally? and Kids in Museums grand prize draw competition.
Sarah Jackson, communications officer at Pallant House Gallery, said:
“Where’s Wally speaks to all age ranges and walks of life, so it has been a really exciting chance to work with kids in museums to bring an added element of fun into the gallery.
“During the half term period we have families wanting extra mental stimulation for their children so the Where’s Wally trail has created a great collaboration alongside our original children’s packs that are readily available.
“As we are the only gallery in West Sussex to be given this opportunity, we have had children coming from all across the county, with roughly 150 children roaming the gallery finding Wally hidden in specifically sneaky spots.”
Wally is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes first swept the globe in 1987. Since then, the Where’s Wally? books have held a favourite spot on bookstore shelves the world over and have sold over 72 million copies worldwide in 31 countries.
Wally has reached celebrity status: he has been referenced in the primetime American TV shows Frasier, The Simpsons and Friends; he appeared on the 1000th anniversary cover of Rolling Stone magazine as a cultural icon of the last 40 years; he has even been found on Google Earth.
Pallant House Gallery in Chichester is a leading UK museum that stimulates new ways of thinking about British art from 1900 to now.