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Comic genius for Story Museum building work. 14 October 2013.

Tuesday 15th October

Oxford-based writer and artist Neill Cameron is lending a touch of comic genius to The Story Museum, which recently entered the first chapter of building work.

His mural, which covers every window on the Museum’s ground-floor frontage, depicts story characters, future plans, and the builders themselves. It will be fitted to the windows this week.

Neill said: ‘The Story Museum is such a brilliant project, such a wonderful thing in the making, and I’m really excited to be a part of it – and to get the opportunity to turn it INTO a story, a brilliant giant story comic stretching along the entire frontage along Pembroke Street. It’s a huge and completely unique canvas to work on and I intend to make the most of it.’

The building work

In 2009, a generous anonymous donation allowed the Museum to purchase the site of its permanent home, three interconnected buildings on Pembroke Street. Planning permission for the ‘cathedral of stories’ was approved by Oxford City Council in December 2012. Purcell architects have been with the project since 2011, and building firm Kingerlee was appointed in August 2013.

The atmospheric set of buildings in the heart of Oxford will undergo a series of transformations over the next few years, so this current work is just the first chapter of the redevelopment. In addition to the construction of a shop and café on the ground floor, there will be improvements to the buildings’ accessibility and facilities (with a platform lift, new energy efficient boilers, and toilets).

Future plans

The Story Museum will run a year-round programme of events from Spring 2014, with the shop and café for visitors, improved education spaces and studio for artists/writers in residence.

The Story Museum has begun a fundraising campaign to secure £8m to transform the rest of the site into a new kind of museum that draws together artistic creativity, educational research, heritage activities and treasures in unique and exciting ways. Fairy godparents are invited to step forward!

Ends

Photo opportunities with Neill Cameron and the mural will be available w/c 21 October.

For more info, contact Alexandra Coke: alex@storymuseum.org.uk / 01865 790050

Note to editors

The Story Museum is a charity and non-profit company that works to celebrate and demonstrate the power of stories to inspire learning, especially for the young. It takes story performances, exhibitions, activities and ideas to schools and communities and is gradually creating a magical new world centre of children’s literature and storytelling in the heart of Oxford. The Story Museum also coordinates Alice’s Day across the whole of Oxford, each July.  The Museum’s patrons are Kevin Crossley-Holland, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson.
The Museum is raising funds towards its £8m development campaign. The first phase – ‘Chapter One’ – will open in Spring 2014.
www.storymuseum.org.uk.

Neill Cameron is a freelance writer and artist specialising in manga / comics artwork, illustration and character design. Neill is the writer and artist of the graphic novel series Mo-Bot High, and is currently working on new series The Pirates of Pangaea (with Daniel Hartwell) and How To Make (Awesome) Comics for new weekly comic The Phoenix. http://www.neillcameron.com/

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