Solo artists enjoy debut exhibition at Hinckley Gallery

Published Wednesday, 29 November 2023
Solo 4 collective exhibition in Atkins Building, Atkins Gallery

A collective of four solo artists will be enjoying their debut exhibition at Hinckley’s Atkins Gallery this festive season.

Solo 4 Collective, formed by artists Laura Donaldson, Fiona Marks, Sue Gardner, and Charlotte Stanworth, will be displaying works themed around colour and nature to brighten up the dark days of winter. The exhibition will run until Friday 5 January, with a chance to meet the artists on Tuesday 5 December and Thursday 21 December, from 10:30am until 2pm.

The four artists each have varying styles. Fiona draws from her love of literature, giving women from history a voice through her beautifully patterned work, while Sue’s driving force is her connection with animals. Her work projects the individuality of animals, while reflecting some of the more human feelings. 

Laura takes inspiration from landscapes for her work. Looking for the light and uplifting elements of our land, she uses acrylic, oils and mixed media to make artworks that bring a sense of joy.  

Meanwhile, Charlotte comes from a background in psychotherapy. With seascapes and floral pieces, she paints semi-representational works from a deep emotional response to the subject.
The group said of their exhibition:

We are all responding to real human emotion and intellectual interests through otherwise unrelated subjects. All of us enjoy the use of strong and vibrant colour and mark making in our process. We are so excited to show our work to a new audience and look forward to our time sharing this space in Hinckley.

On 5th December, Fiona will be telling the stories behind the women in her paintings, while Sue will be doing painting demonstrations. Sue will return on 21 December with another painting demonstration. 

Throughout the exhibition, there will be original artworks, prints and greeting cards available for sale which make for unique and individual Christmas gifts. Fair trade coffee and homemade cakes are also available at the onsite Hansom Café.

For younger visitors, there is a jigsaw featuring the artworks in the exhibition and colouring sheets to try and replicate the artist’s style.

Executive Member for Culture and Deputy Leader of the Borough Council, Councillor Mark Bools said:

If you’re looking for something to do for free this December or if you are looking for inspiration for some individual Christmas gifts, then visiting the Atkins Gallery’s latest exhibition should be on your list. There is a range of fantastic artwork on display, as well as activities for children to take part in. You can also visit the building’s popular café afterwards for delicious homemade food.

Atkins Galley is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm excluding Christmas/New Year Bank Holidays and Thursday 28 December. For Saturday openings please see Atkins Building's social media or website (