Art & creativity  |  6 Jun 2023

Kiri and Lou explore the world of feelings, childhood emotions and friendship.

Christchurch City Council Head of Libraries and Information Carolyn Robertson says an upcoming Library exhibition showcases the locally made and award-winning stop motion animated series Kiri and Lou.

“Immerse yourself within the Ōtautahi created series and sit and savour the world of claymation with your whānau for a while,” says Ms Robertson.

“Explore the indoor forest environment in the gallery, curl up with a pukapuka (book) and take part in interactive activities and more within the sights and sounds of the forest.”

The exhibition is packed with activities for kids of all ages, with an exclusive new animation as well as behind the scenes production videos. The short film ‘A Peaceful Moment’ will be played on the big screen, which is a specially created animation for the exhibition.

“There will also be a chance to take an up-close look at the Kiri and Lou characters and a sneak peek into the early concept sketches of how the series came to life,” says Ms Robertson.

The opening weekend on June 10 - 11 will offer the chance to enjoy a variety of activities including a storytime with Kiri herself.

“The highlight of the exhibition opening is having Olivia Tennet, the real-life voice of Kiri, read to our tamariki and let their imaginations run wild,” says Ms Robertson.

The exhibition will be open from 10 June to 22 October with a strong theme on the literacy elements of storytime and creating a fun place for Kiwi kids to learn.

Pick up the extra hand-held resources for suggestions and prompting questions on early literacy development and childhood emotional regulation.

Find out more about this incredible exhibition here