Two inspiring exhibitions headed to Hinckley’s Atkins Building next Tuesday

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 3 May 2023

TWO NEW exhibitions focusing on good causes with important messages are headed to Hinckley’s much-loved landmark Atkins Building from next Tuesday (9 March).

Atkins Buiding, Bond Street (Image: Mason Moore)

The first of the two exhibitions is named “Extinction is Forever” – and it will feature art and photographic images of endangered animals, all taken or formed by local art Shani Danielsson.

Shani was inspired by many hours of visiting animal sanctuaries and zoos, and she hopes that the exhibition will help to raise awareness of the animals at risk, as well as promoting the importance of conservation.

The artworks have been produced using soft pastels on paper. Exhibition visitors will be able to buy limited edition prints and greeting cards, which will see a portion of these sales going towards helping animal conservation projects.

Shani said: “With this collection, I want to showcase the incredible beauty of these endangered animals and support them through my art and photography.”

To accompany the exhibition, Shani will be spending time in the Atkins Gallery to showcase her creative process and to talk animals.

She will be available to talk on the following dates:

  • 11 May -10.30am to 2.30pm
  • 16 May – 10.30am to 2.30pm
  • 18 May – 10.30am to 2.30pm
  • 25 May – 10.30am to 2.30pm

The second exhibition is the “Fly Your Pride Flag” art installation, hosted by local non-profit group, Hinckley Pride.

The installation will be a photo mosaic made up of colourised portraits of members of the Hinckley Pride committee, as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community. These portraits will combine together to form one large-scale pride flag.

Rebecca Wilbur, Principal Officer at Atkins Gallery, said: “I am looking forward to these two exhibitions with their honourable messages, with one exhibition supporting change globally and the other one supporting change locally.

“Please visit Atkins Gallery to see these exhibitions – and why not have lunch at the on-site Hansom Café at the same time?”

Both of the exhibitions are being held together inside of the gallery starting from Tuesday, 9 May, where they will continue to be held until Wednesday, 31 May.

Atkins is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and the Hansom Café is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm, except for bank holidays.

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