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Atkins Gallery Annual Open Exhibition 2019 Travels and Transport

The Annual Open Exhibition is a local artist showcase with the 2019  theme Travels and Transport!  The theme was chosen to celebrate the local area’s contributions to the transport industry and the one year anniversary of the Hansom Cab's return to Hinckley!

Thank you to Triumph and Hinckley & District Museum for loaning objects to the exhibition.

Featured Artworks
A photo of 'Boats in the Bay' by Josh Rollins

Boats in the Bay

By Josh Rollins Medium: Acrylic

Josh Rollins
"Leicestershire based artist working primarily with acrylic paint. My style is based in reality but I often like to exaggerate colour and shape in a more abstract fashion. I aim to create paintings that are fluid and spontaneous.

These paintings were inspired by family holidays to the south coast where everyday I would see a wonderful array of fishing boats marooned on the sands as the tide retreated leaving them high and dry. A simple scene but one which immediately evokes happy memories."
Instagram @Joshrollins.art

A photo of 'Boats In the Bay - colouring sheet' by Josh Rollins

Boats In the Bay - colouring sheet

By Josh Rollins Medium: Child activity sheet
A photo of 'Hansom Cab and Triumph Thruxton TFC' by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Triumph Motorcycles

Hansom Cab and Triumph Thruxton TFC

By Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Triumph Motorcycles Medium: Photograph

Thank you to Triumph for lending a Thruxton TFC to display next to the restored Hansom Cab. Two Vehicles designed and built in Hinckley!

A photo of 'Hansom Cab' by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

Hansom Cab

By Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Medium: Photograph

Joseph Aloysius Hansom was an architect originally from York but moved to Hinckley with his family in 1834. Once in Hinckley, Hansom started work on several local projects including a conversion of a house into a bank in the Borough where NatWest Bank now stands, the Hinckley Workhouse that stood on London Road, Lutterworth Town Hall and the New Walk Museum in Leicester. He also designed numerous Catholic churches around the country.

On the 23 December 1834 Hansom registered his designs at the National Patent Office for a “safety cab”. This was the first version of the Hansom Cab. Hansom used local labour to build his prototype from a workshop in Regent Street. The prototype featured wheels with a diameter of 8ft or 2.4m and offered passengers stability and privacy with its enclosed sheltered seating. This version of the Hansom Cab was recorded to have been driven along Coventry Road and Watling Street in 1835. There are two blue plaques in Hinckley dedicated to Hansom, one is in the Borough on NatWest Bank and the second is on the Edwards Centre parade of shops on Regent Street.

A photo of 'Floating Market in Bangkok ' by Derek Everitt

Floating Market in Bangkok

By Derek Everitt Medium: Watercolour

Derek Everitt - "Friends of mine went to Bangkok for a holiday and sent me some photos, as soon as I saw the floating market in Damnoen Saduak which is about 50 miles west of Bangkok I just had to paint it. I have tried to capture movement and how busy the market must have been. "

A photo of 'Fantastic Day' by Derek Everitt

Fantastic Day

By Derek Everitt Medium: Watercolour

Derek Everitt- "On holiday in Devon whilst walking along a cliff and looking out to sea, I watched boys and girls having the time of their lives, being shown the joys of sailing in mirror sailing dinghies. Taking a photo or two; I wanted to show the joy and fun they were having in my painting."

A photo of 'Rosa Parks, 1955, Alabama' by Jane Link

Rosa Parks, 1955, Alabama

By Jane Link Medium: Pen and Ink

Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist (1913-2005) – known as ‘the mother of the civil rights movement’ who refused to give up her seat in the "coloured section" of a bus to a white passenger, after the whites-only section was filled. This A4 drawing has been completed in watercolour pen, ink and pencil and depicts Rosa defiantly sitting on the bus. In her autobiography, ‘My Story’, she said:
“People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
Rather than colour the drawing, the artist felt given the circumstances surrounding Rosa’s initial arrest, the picture was best left as ‘black’ and ‘white’. Instagram @janealink

A photo of 'Market Day, The Borough, Hinckley 1953' by Local Publication. 1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Souvenir  Booklet

Market Day, The Borough, Hinckley 1953

By Local Publication. 1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Souvenir Booklet
A photo of 'The Patient Shunter' by Paul Dexter

The Patient Shunter

By Paul Dexter
A photo of 'Thames Boat Trip' by Paul Dexter

Thames Boat Trip

By Paul Dexter
A photo of 'These Boots were made for Walking' by Natalie Browne

These Boots were made for Walking

By Natalie Browne

Natalie Browne - "Here is a portrait of my main mode of transport: my reliable pair of Doc Martens. I felt I owed it to them to pay tribute to their efficacy at keeping my feet safe and dry - not to mention extremely comfortable! - and for conveying me effectively from one place to another. Whether I’m out exploring the park with my dog, traveling to work and back, popping to the shops or visiting a friend, you can almost always guarantee that my feet are wrapped in these." Instagram @purplelizard1984

A photo of 'Hinckley and Leicester Midland Red Objects' by Hinckley and District Museum

Hinckley and Leicester Midland Red Objects

By Hinckley and District Museum Medium: 3x Timetable booklets

Thank you to Hinckley and District Museum for lending their Midland Red bus company objects. Midland Red was a bus company that operated in The Midlands from 1905 until 1981.

A photo of 'Embarkation ' by Ross Kilgour


By Ross Kilgour

Paddle Steamer ‘Waverley’ was built in 1947 to replace a similar vessel lost in World War 2; this was the last ocean going Paddle Steamer ever built.

A photo of 'Paddle Steamer colouring sheet' by Ross Kilgour

Paddle Steamer colouring sheet

By Ross Kilgour Medium: Child activity sheet
A photo of 'Narrow Boat' by Ray Dallywater

Narrow Boat

By Ray Dallywater Medium: Photograph
A photo of 'Transport Word search' by Atkins Gallery

Transport Word search

By Atkins Gallery Medium: Children's Activity sheet
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