‘Hinckley Illustrated’ exhibition captures the local area through drawing

Published Wednesday, 01 March 2023
Illustrated drawing of armoured soldiers getting off a train at Bosworth Battlefield station

A new free exhibition capturing the beauty of the local area through drawing opens at the Atkins Gallery next week.

‘Hinckley Illustrated’ will run from 8 – 22 March, with a number of talented local artists showcasing their map art and local illustrations. Artists who will display at the exhibition include Rose Allinson of the Ten 2 Gallery, Laura Silveira Illustration, Alex Russel and Elliott Wynd-Jennings, Brio Media and Graham Luker.
Exhibitors Alex Russel and Elliott Wynd-Jennings, from Brio Media, 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 will also feature the historical works of Cicely Pickering, a famed local illustrator who worked in the 1920s through to the 1940s. Pickering provided illustrations for Footpath Rambles around Hinckley published in 1930 and The Cradle & Home of the Hosiery Trade, published in 1940. Hinckley and District Museum and Burbage Heritage Group will be lending their Cecily Pickering collection alongside modern reproductions from Hinckley District Past and Present (HDPP).  
Paul Gardner, from HDPP, said:

We are really looking forward to this exhibition. Along with others HDPP has 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 Store 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.

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at the Borough Council, Councillor Keith Nichols, 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.

Visitors to the Atkins Building can see another exhibition at the same time in Atkins Gallery featuring the artworks from the Time out for Carers group. This group for carers ran by carers meets regularly in the Earl Shilton Community House and produce group and individual artworks.  
Atkins Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm and is free to enter. For more information, email info@atkinsbuilding.co.uk or follow us on social media @Atkins Building.