Atkins re-opening next week with two main exhibitions

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 13 May 2021

THE ATKINS BUILDING on Lower Bond Street are set to their doors to members of the public once again on Monday 17 May.

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It is re-opening next week in line with the Government’s easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, as a part of the third step in their ‘road map out of lockdown’.

The Atkins Gallery and Post Box Gallery in the building are both free to enter and operate on Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Covid-19 secure measures have been put in place, including visitors having to scan the venue’s official QR code for the NHS Test and Trace mobile application.

The main exhibitions being held

Starting next week from 17 May until 23 June, The Atkins Gallery will host two exhibitions – the first titled “Arts in Mind” and the second will focus on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT).

“Arts in Mind” celebrates the benefits of the arts to mental health and wellbeing – it features a collection of works from different groups, with the aim of using art to improve mental health.

The IDAHOBIT International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia Exhibition will aim to challenge prejudice against LGBT+ people in our communities.

Visitors will be able to learn more about those identifying as LGBT+, how they have shaped lives in art, literature, science, technology, sport, and more professions.

Mathew Hulbert, Barwell-based LGBT+ Rights Campaigner, said: “IDAHOBIT is an important opportunity to again make clear that homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and, indeed, any hostility or hate crime based on sexuality or gender identity is never, ever acceptable.

“We, as LGBT+ people, have the right to live our lives without fear of persecution, intimidation, prejudice or hate.

“I’m really pleased that this exhibition is the first in the Atkins Building upon its re-opening after the covid enforced lockdown.

“This has been a tough time for all of us and especially for LGBT+ people, for whom home isn’t always the safe and loving place we’d all hope it would be, due to the potential for prejudice by family members, housemates or neighbours.

“I hope many people, in a socially distanced and covid-compliant way, come and take a look around the exhibition, learn about the lives of LGBT+ people and the hostility we can face and, if not members of our communities themselves, pledge to become our allies in the ongoing fight against prejudice and for equality.”

Post Box Gallery’s Project

The Post Box Gallery will feature a joint project named the “Life in Lockdown” – a project pieced together between Atkins and the Castle Street-based Ten2 Gallery, starting from 17 May until 2 July.

They teamed up to showcase creative responses to the lockdown that took place between Spring and Summertime last year (2020).

The project was launched to support the local creative community whilst art venues were temporarily closed, by showcasing the submissions virtually on the Atkins Gallery website.

The archived Atkins Gallery project remains on the website for those unable to attend in person.

A new exhibition titled “You Can’t Lockdown Nature” is currently being hosted on the Atkins site – a community exhibition which explores how the public’s relationship with outdoor spaces have changed due to the impact of Covid-19.

Cllr. Keith Nichols, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: “I am absolutely delighted that finally we are able to re-open the Atkins Gallery.

“We open with new exhibitions, a new café and hope that residents and visitors will once again plan to visit. The Gallery team look forward to welcoming you.”

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