Exhibition will feature photographs inspired by literature

Published Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Photos of objects: red rose and a story book

Art lovers, photographers, readers, families and residents are being invited to visit the latest free exhibition at the Atkins Gallery.

Classic Stories is a photographic exhibition by professional photographer Clive Edwards, a former teacher, examiner and journalist.

It will run from Monday 28 November 2022 to Wednesday 4 January 2023 at the popular Hinckley gallery, based in the town’s Atkins Building.

The upcoming exhibition will feature a collection of 26 images inspired by still life and great literature. 

The literature represented includes works by English and American authors across several genres through a range of centuries. 

The most recent works in the collection are Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, Beloved, by Toni Morrison, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by JK Rowling, and The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. The earliest texts are both from the late 14th century: The Miller’s Tale (from the Canterbury Tales) and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by an unknown poet. In between are works by Shakespeare, Dickens, the Brontës, Hardy, Austen, Steinbeck, Lawrence and others.

The photographs are presented in diptych format (two images, side by side). The right hand panel is an image of the book, or part of the book. The left hand panel uses a still-life object to represent a theme, a character, a mood, an incident or part of the plot of the text.

Each diptych is accompanied by a QR code which will enable visitors to listen to a brief audio analysis of the classic text, and in some cases, to a reading from a key section of the text.

Councillor Keith Nichols, Executive Member for Culture at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, said:

This promises to be another fantastic exhibition, held at the Atkins Gallery in the Atkins Building. If you enjoy classic literature, this promises to be a fascinating, free event with something for everyone. I would urge you to go along and see the photos for yourself, before stopping off at the Hansom Café for a slice of cake!

Atkins Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Hansom Café core hours are 9am to 2pm. Hansom Café serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea alongside their daily specials and FairTrade coffee.