'The Five of Us': celebrating children of all abilities at an Edinburgh childen's hospital

Friday 30th June 2023

Edinburgh-based charity Kindred are celebrating children of all abilities with a new exhibition and film based on Sir Quentin Blake’s colourful and inclusive tale ‘The Five of Us’. The exhibition was created especially for display at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Edinburgh, in partnership with Tonic Arts and NHS Lothian Charity. The joyful storytelling film which accompanies the exhibition is a truly collaborative effort, featuring staff from the hospital and its charity partners as well as patients' families.

Kindred’s association with Quentin Blake goes back to 2001 when the organisation, then known as SNIP (Special Needs Information Point) won the Quentin Blake Award from the Roald Dahl Foundation. Part of the award was the design of the SNIP bird which became their logo.

The exhibition is the first at the hospital created with children in mind: with large images of the story’s pages telling the full journey taken by the five child-heroes in ‘The Five of Us’ . In contrast, there is also a chance to see three signed prints (exact facsimiles of the original artwork) which Quentin has generously donated to the hospital's arts collection.

The exhibition and film are on show at the Tonic Gallery, in the Dott Corridor of the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Edinburgh, from Saturday 1 st July, in time for the 75 th NHS Anniversary celebrations on the 5 th July.  It will run until November 2023.  The film will also be able to watch online at www.kindred-scotland.org/thefiveofus from Saturday 1st July.

© The Five of Us by Quentin Blake, Tate Publishing (2014)

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