Exhibition showcasing Hinckley in drawings being held in Atkins starting next week

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 2 March 2023

A NEW free exhibition capturing the beauty of the local area through drawings will be held inside of Hinckley’s Atkins Building starting next Wednesday (8 March).

Hinckley’s Atkins Building (Image: Mason Moore)

The exhibition, named ‘Hinckley Illustrated’, features map art and local art illustrations from a number of ‘talented’ local artists. It will be held for two weeks in total, from 8 March to 22 March, meaning visitors have a total of two weeks to head on down and marvel at the illustrations.

Some of the artists having their work being displayed in the exhibition include Rose Allinson of Castle Street’s Ten 2 Art Gallery, Laura Silveiria Illustration, Graham Luker, and the duo of Alex Russell and Elliott Wynd-Jennings of Druid Street-based independent graphic design firm, Brio Media.

Alex Russell and Elliott Wynd-Jennings, of Brio Media, said it was a ‘pleasure’ to digitally illustrate the town’s iconic buildings. They said: “To have the opportunity to digitally illustrate some of Hinckley’s most iconic buildings was a pleasure and we’re so pleased to be exhibiting them in this wonderful exhibition.”

The exhibition also features the historical works of Cicely Pickering, a famed local illustrator who worked in the 1920s through the 1940s. She also provided illustrations for Footpath Rambles around Hinckley in 1930.

Her historic works are being displayed thanks to Hinckley and District Museum and Burbage Heritage Group lending their Cicely Pickering collection, alongside modern reproductions from Hinckley District Past and Present (HDPP).

Paul Gardner, from Hinckley District Past and Present, said: “We are really looking forward to this exhibition. HDPP, along with others, have highlighted Cicely Pickering’s work since it started in 2014.

“Following a meeting with Cicely’s family back in 2018, HDPP was given permission to reproduce and sell her works to help raise monies for local good causes.

“These can be found in Jaspers of Hinckley. What a very talented lady she was. We are sure she would be happy to discover her works are finding a new interest in the town today.”

The exhibition will also feature illustrations for a forthcoming series of Heritage Walks leaflets, produced by the Borough Council and to be launched later in the spring.

Graham Luker has produced illustrations for the new walks leaflets, taking inspiration from the area’s history to create unique illustrations to represent Shenton, Desford, Cadeby, Nailstone and more.

Fellow exhibitor and local illustrator, Laura Silveira, said: “I am very pleased to be joining forces with the council in promoting the upcoming launch of resources for Heritage Walks.

“As a local illustrator, I have enjoyed mapping our beautiful market town by exploring on foot, as I hope others will with the aid of these new materials.”

Coun. Keith Nichols, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “This exhibition will feature local images and illustrations, which I am sure will prove to be very popular.

“I would urge residents and visitors to come and view the many different pieces and thank all those who have taken the time to come and exhibit.”

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