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Atkins Building launching new business service.

Date Posted: 06 March 2024

Are you waiting for Wi-Fi installation at home, have need of an office but only part time or just need a change of scene than why not consider renting a desk at Atkins Building new Co-working area?

Atkins Building’s Co-working space is a warm and welcoming open plan office that's designed to accommodate people from different businesses to do their work in a comfortable and professional setting.

Atkins Building is a refurbished Victorian hosiery factory located in Hinckley Town centre with excellent public transport links and nearby car parking which includes EV charging options. Atkins Building has a spacious Reception where you can meet colleagues and guests, get fresh food and Fair Trade coffee from the Hansom Café, view exhibitions in the art gallery plus a variety of meeting rooms are available for hire.

Atkins Building Co-Working is the largest facility of this type in the local area.

There are many benefits to using the Co-Working at Atkins Building:
Improved Work-Life Balance
Increased Productivity and Creativity
Combat Loneliness and Isolation
Flexible and Cost Effective

Co- Working provides a great alternative to traditional workspaces with its flexible approach allowing you to book a desk when needed making it a more cost-effective solution, particularly for freelancers and start ups with limited budgets.

A day at Atkins Building Co-working (08:30-17:00) costs £27.60 (£23+VAT) and this includes a large desk, office chair, laptop riser, mouse, mouse mat, Wi-Fi, access to a printer and photocopier, break out areas, kitchen and toilet facilities. There is also a coffee inclusion version where you can order two hot drinks of your choice from the onsite Hansom Café for £34.80 (£29+VAT). Half day options with or without coffee are available as well.

There is a launch of the new Co-Working space on Wednesday 17 April 2024 from 09:30 to 11:00.
Join us for coffee, view the facility, network and meet members of the Leicestershire Business Advice Service.

For more information please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Volunteering Hub opened at Atkins Building

Date Posted: 11 May 2022
The Volunteer Hub in Atkins Building Reception

The Volunteer Hub in Atkins Building Reception

The Volunteering Hub will be hosted in the meeting pod in Atkins Building Reception every Friday 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00. The Volunteering Hub, will provide a physical access point for members of the public to find out about volunteering opportunities in the Borough, and will complement the existing online volunteering service.

For more information about volunteering in Hinckley and Bosworth Borough https://www.ruralcc.org.uk/hbbc-vcs-partnership/

The Volunteer Hub was opened on 10 May 2022 at 11 AM by Atkins Gallery volunteer and local student Patrick Parker.

UPDATED 02/05/2024

REMEMBERING LOST LOVED ONES AT CHRISTMAS

Date Posted: 09 December 2021

Atkins Gallery is having a COVID Christmas Remembrance Tree where people can hang an ornament to represent someone they lost to coronavirus. From 1st December people can bring in bauble either purchased or handmade to hang on the tree. Also available are pre cut plain wooden decorations for people to decorate with the name of their loved one which can be collected from the Reception at Atkins Building.

The Christmas tree is a sustainable real tree which is being rented from local business Love a Christmas Tree who will collect the tree after Christmas and return it to the ground at their farm in Kirkby Mallory.

The COVID Christmas Remembrance tree accompanies the next exhibition in Atkins Gallery called Journey. Journey is a collaborative exhibition led by trainee art therapist Lyni Sargent, exploring the topic of human emotions and how art can be used to process the events of life. Lyni was motivated to create the exhibition after the passing of her father.

Atkins Building and Ten2 Gallery working together to support the local creative community!

Date Posted: 12 June 2020

Local art venues Atkins Gallery and Ten2 Gallery have teamed up to showcase your creative responses to Life in Lockdown

Ten2 Gallery is planning to host a physical exhibition of their lockdown canvases as soon as they can open again and the Atkins Gallery will include them in their online exhibition.

To enter the Ten2 Gallery exhibition please call in to The Art Studio, 102 Castle Street and collect your lockdown exhibition kit ( 20x20cm (8x8inch) canvas, acrylic paints and brushes set at a special offer price for just £10!) Completed entries can be returned to the art shop from Monday 15 June or they can be posted through the letterbox (if closed)! The cost of the kit includes entry into the exhibition at Ten2 Gallery plus it will be photographed to be included in the Atkins Gallery online Exhibition.

Later in the year when Atkins Building is open to the public again, the physical entries from the Ten2 exhibition will go on tour and be displayed at Atkins Building as well.


Atkins Gallery also has its own online exhibition which is free to enter with a digital submission of up to three responses to the lockdown be it painting, sewing, writing or sculpting! Submission of entries is from now until 26 June and the exhibition goes online on 1 July 2020!


ENTRY DETAILS

Ten2 Gallery, 102 Castle Street, Hinckley, LE10 1DD https://www.ten2gallery.co.uk/

Please collect the lockdown exhibition special offer canvas set by calling into The Art Studio, Monday to Saturday between 09:00 and 2:00. Return your entry by dropping it off during those same times or put it through the letterbox.

Please include with your entry Name, contact details and piece title. If the entry is from a person aged under 16 please include their age and the contact details of a parent or guardian.

Entries will be photographed by Ten2 Gallery and details transferred to Atkins Gallery for submission in both exhibitions.

For information on the Ten2 Gallery exhibition please call 01455 636339 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Entry to just Atkins Gallery online exhibition, Atkins Building http://www.atkinsbuilding.co.uk

Please email your submissions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and please include your name and piece title. Optional extra details include a statement about the piece, your social media handles, mediums used and the size of the piece.

Atkins Building closed to the general public -COVID-19

Date Posted: 18 March 2020






















04/06/2020 UPDATE

Atkins Gallery exhibitions and Town Centre events cancelled for July https://www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/press/article/2172/events_cancelled_%E2%80%93_july_2020

04/05/2020 UPDATE

Atkins Gallery exhibitions and Town Centre events cancelled for June. https://www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/press/article/2158/events_cancelled?fbclid=IwAR0pSZW_7vqAJxyjTDHleMzYZ8gYNDrYrVxF7LB9QYvRkBdkBAG-N_cx21Q

30/03/2020 UPDATE

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/registrars/registration-services-and-coronavirus-updates
Leicestershire Registration Service Death appointments will move to a telephone basis please see the link for more information. Atkins Building including Atkins Gallery remain closed to the general public.


18/03/2020
Following Government guidance on COVID-19 it is with great regret we have to announce that Atkins Building is no longer open to the general public & only open to those with appointments at Leicestershire Registration Service 0116 3056565 and the businesses based at Atkins Building.


In a wider response to the advice HBBC has cancelled Atkins Gallery exhibitions and Town Centre events for the foreseeable future to carry out the current advice of non essential social contact. The situation will be monitored going forward in regards to making a decision regarding the exhibitions and events planned later this summer.

For more information on Atkins Gallery and other Town Centre event cancellations please see Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council press release

https://www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/press/article/2146/events_cancelled

Introducing the Postbox Gallery and other ways to exhibit at Atkins Gallery

Date Posted: 26 February 2019
Post Box Galley, Atkins Building Terms and Conditions

Post Box Galley, Atkins Building Terms and Conditions

Atkins Building is launching a new exhibition space for local artists and community groups called the Post Box Gallery which is situated in Atkins Building Reception. This free exhibition space has high footfall, a flexible STAS mini rail hanging system and you can exhibit for up to six weeks and promotion of the exhibition on Atkins Building social media. To download a copy of the Post Box Gallery Terms and Conditions please click on the Download Information link

The popular Atkins Gallery Open Exhibition returns this summer with 2019 celebrating the Hansom Cab and Hinckley’s contribution to the transport industry.
The theme of this year’s Open Exhibition is Travels and Transport with 2D and 3D interpretations of the theme welcome. Your piece could be about a physical or personal journey, a favourite vehicle you’ve owned or would like to own, views and experiences from your travels from home and abroad, inspiration from heritage transport like the Hansom Cab or the Flying Scotsman, inspiration from daily or special journeys or different ways of travelling by land, sea or air.

Submission Dates for your transport and journey inspired pieces are 1 July to 5 July at Atkins Building Reception 08:30-17:30 costing £12 for up to three pieces with the exhibition opening on 15 July. You can download a Open Exhibition Pack from https://www.atkinsbuilding.co.uk/events

Atkins Gallery which is a large well-lit open plan space adjacent to Atkins Gallery Reception which has availability in autumn 2019. The space is ideal for group and solo shows and can support 2D, 3D, visual media and installations. It is available for £120 a week and includes the use of plinths and lockable glass cabinets and support from Reception and Atkins building social media.

For more information about any of the ways to exhibit at Atkins Building please call 01455 247070 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow Atkins Building on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Summer Open Exhibition at Atkins Gallery

Date Posted: 23 May 2017
What are your childhood Memories?

What are your childhood Memories?

Atkins Gallery Open Exhibitions return this summer with a new brief to inspire local artists!

This year's theme is Childhood Memories a broad and all encompassing title which can be interpreted in many different ways. The title encourages expressive reminiscence and allows the artist to draw upon personal memories or explore a more generalised nostalgia. You might want to think about people you have known, things you have seen, experiences you have enjoyed. You could consider special occasions or milestones in your life; favourite colours, foods or toys from your youth; or changing styles and fashions when you were growing up. You might create a piece highlighting people, places or products that are no longer with us. You might decide to paint an old photograph or draw a collection of childhood relics; or you might sketch a place you have visited or create a collage using ephemera from the year you were born!
There are many possibilities and submissions interpreting the theme in a variety of media are welcome.

If you are interested in exhibiting in the Open Exhibition please download a copy of the Exhibitor Pack. Please read the information thoroughly, the back page is to be filled in and returned to us along with your submitted pieces. Artists can submit up to three pieces for £12 (instructions on making the online payment is included in the pack) and artwork is to be submitted between 26th – 30th June and be collected after the exhibition between 1st – 4th August 2017.

A Lunchtime Launch is on Saturday 8th July to kick-start the exhibition, giving visitors the opportunity to meet the artists involved and discuss the artwork on display. The Lunchtime Launch will be free entry and welcomes everyone, with refreshments available from Café Español

Atkins Gallery Spring 2017

Date Posted: 21 February 2017
Download your copy of Atkins Gallery Spring 2017 exhibitions by clicking on the link below!

Download your copy of Atkins Gallery Spring 2017 exhibitions by clicking on the link below!

In Atkins Gallery this Spring

ALCHEMY EXHIBITION
25th MARCH - 22nd APRIL
A group of local artists will exhibit some intriguing compositions in a range of style and subject matter. The Alchemy Artists work, talk and exhibit together. Explorations on the themes of "Alchemy", "Things are getting better, Things are getting worse" and others, will stimulate, delight, and puzzle.

FOOTPRINTS ON THE FOSSEWAY
2nd MAY - 10th MAY
This is an exhibition by Redmoor Academy that covers a year of exploring the Roman heritage of Hinckley and surrounding areas. It will consist of an original mosaic made using traditional Roman methods; costumes created by students for use by actors in a world premiere of a forgotten Roman play; a life-sized Roman chariot of the type used on the Fosse Way; archaeological finds from the dig at Sharnford; a film of the Roman play; the documentary of the year’s work; written pieces and photographs.

IN OILS BY NEIL PRIOR
13th MAY - 27th MAY
Local artist Neil Prior will be exhibiting a superb selection of oil paintings in the Atkins Gallery this May. His subject matter ranges from animals and people to landscapes and still-life in his chosen medium of oils. In addition to hosting the exhibition, Neil will be spending time in the Atkins Gallery to showcase the tools and techniques he deploys to create his artworks and to speak about his inspiration and choice of subjects. For more information about Neil and his artwork please visit his Facebook page @NeilPriorArtist

NWHC BA HONS VISUAL MEDIA GRADUATE SHOW
12th to 27th JUNE 2017
Students from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College will be putting their graduate work on display in the Atkins Gallery in June. This is the third year the college has exhibited the students' coursework and this exhibition anticipates the exploration of a range of subjects and themes in a visually dynamic and striking way.

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OPEN EXHIBITION
8th JULY – 29th JULY
This summer the Atkins Open Exhibition returns with a new brief to inspire local artists. As with previous Open Exhibitions, Childhood Memories has a broad and all encompassing title which can be interpreted in many different ways. A Lunchtime Launch is proposed on Saturday 8th July to kick-start the exhibition; this will be free entry and gives visitors the opportunity to meet the artists involved and discuss the artwork on display with refreshments available from Café Español. For more information on the Open Exhibition and to download an Exhibitors Pack please see the exhibition entry on http://www.atkinsbuilding.co.uk/events







Upcoming Exhibitions in the Atkins Gallery

Date Posted: 08 April 2016
Promotional poster for the Atkins Gallery

Promotional poster for the Atkins Gallery

The Atkins Gallery has a busy schedule this spring and summer meaning there is always something to look forward to. The all-important dates for your diaries are included in our snazzy promotional poster.

Back for their second year running, Coventry University Drawing Prize promises to be an eclectic and memorable exhibition this April. Similarly, students from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College return this May following last year's exhibition for another fantastic collection of work entitled H.E Photography. WhiteFriars Revisited showcases some wonderful examples of Haybarn glass in June with the opportunity to get your antiques valued and sold at auction by Lockdales on Thursday 9th June, 11.30am-3.30pm.

Not to be missed during the summer is our second Open Exhibition so artists get on the lookout for some inspiration and submit your artwork for this 'Local Landscapes' themed collection. If you are interested in participating, please download an Exhibitor Pack, which includes terms and conditions and payment instructions. Remember there will be an Evening View on Friday 15th July to launch what should be an exciting and variegated Open Exhibition. Refreshments can be purchased from Café Espanol and entry is free, giving you the opportunity to look at the artwork and meet the artists involved.

The Atkins Gallery is free to enter and welcomes everyone. Its opening hours coincide with Café Espanol's opening times: 10am till 2:30pm on weekdays and Saturdays and evening openings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30pm till 10pm. Visitors are able to view the Gallery between 2:30-4pm on weekdays - please enquire at the Atkins Reception. For more information on anything about the Atkins Gallery including upcoming exhibitions and events and how to exhibit please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01455 247070.

WEDDING FAIR PRIZE DRAW WINNERS 2016

Date Posted: 07 April 2016
Left to Right: Michelle Kemp Photography, Ann Patchett, Anne Jones, Prize Draw Winners Hannah and Ethan, and Emma Banks

Left to Right: Michelle Kemp Photography, Ann Patchett, Anne Jones, Prize Draw Winners Hannah and Ethan, and Emma Banks

Wedding Fair Prize Draw winners Hannah Mason and Ethan Hawkins had no idea that a visit to the Atkins Building’s annual Wedding Fair would turn out to be so advantageous. The building’s 5th annual Wedding Fair held in the Atkins Gallery boasted a fine selection of local exhibitors, some of which had offered gifts to the free entry prize draw which all visitors were welcome to enter. The winner selected at random was Ethan Hawkins of Earl Shilton who plans to marry his fiancé Hannah Mason in August 2017. The couple admitted to being over-the-moon at the news they had won, stating that “when we entered we never even had the thought that we might win. It came as a complete surprise.”

Included in the prizes were a Michelle Kemp Photography gift voucher for pre-wedding couple photo shoot including one mount print; £50 gift voucher from Sue Todd of Designer Travel; a hamper of best-selling Forever Living Products courtesy of local representative Jennifer Plester, Choices Floristry gift Voucher; £100 towards wedding décor when selected from the WOW Business; free chair covers from The Meeting Centre and a custom made vanilla sponge cake made specially by Ann Patchett of Ann’s Party Catering. The prizes were presented to Hannah and Ethan in Café Español on Saturday 12th March 2016 and several exhibitors re-joined them for a cup of coffee to celebrate as photographs were taken. The Atkins based staff would like to congratulate Hannah Mason and Ethan Hawkins and wish them all the very best for a happy future together.

Local Brides and Grooms enjoy a sunny day out at Atkins Building

Date Posted: 25 February 2014
Visitors enjoying the Wedding Fair in the Partridge Suite at Atkins Building

Visitors enjoying the Wedding Fair in the Partridge Suite at Atkins Building

The sunshine brought in over 175 visitors to the Atkins Building Wedding Fair last Saturday (22/02/14) where they were able to meet face to face with 21 local businesses working in the Wedding Industry in the Partridge Suite and outside on the courtyard including venue hire, catering, photography, bridalwear and much more! Hinckley Registration Services were at the Wedding Fair giving advice and providing tours of the newly decorated Ceremony Suite at Atkins Building. Visitors also entered a FREE prize draw to Win a Ceremony courtesy of Hinckley Registration Service and a selection of vouchers and products from the Wedding Fair exhibitors – winners to be announced soon!


To book your Ceremony at Atkins Building please call 0116 305 6565 to speak to a member of Leicestershire County Council Registration Team

To see photographs from the day please see
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.760992783925640.1073741829.154133097944948&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.760992783925640.1073741829.154133097944948&type=1&comment_id=7547784&offset=0&total_comments=1¬if_t=photo_album_comment


Fully Fashioned Memories Exhibition goes on tour!

Date Posted: 06 January 2014

Fully Fashioned Memories is a Photographic exhibition looking back at the everyday employee who worked for Atkins factories how they celebrated special occasions and the impact factory life had on the local community. The project was in response to former workers and the general public expressing an interest in looking back at the way local people used to work and the changes in local manufacture and employment.

If you missed the Fully Fashioned Memories exhibition at Atkins Building or would like to see the extra vintage Atkins photographs that were donated after the Reunion Party you can see it again at the following venues:

Bedworth Civic Hall - 6th Jan to 30th Jan 2014

Broughton Astley Library - 3rd Feb to 3rd March 2014

Barwell Indoor Bowls Club 7th March to 31st March 2014

To see the photographs from the accompanying reunion party please see https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Atkins-Building/154133097944948?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.676064542418465.1073741827.154133097944948&type=3

Fully Fashioned Memories Reunion Party was a success!

Date Posted: 04 October 2013
Left to Right Janet King, June Clay and Sue Aston who worked in Fold and Bag at Atkins Factory

Left to Right Janet King, June Clay and Sue Aston who worked in Fold and Bag at Atkins Factory


















Nearly 100 former Atkins employees and friends attended the Reunion party at Atkins Building on Saturday 28th September as part of the Fully Fashioned Memories project.

Workers from all departments and years came together to reminisce and celebrate this unique part of Hinckley's social and industrial heritage. The reunion featured the Fully Fashioned Memories exhibition which has over 200 "vintage" photographs and various factory items lent by members of the Atkins community. The party also had showings of two films made by local film makers Stuart Watson and David J Wood on Atkins and Hinckley nostalgia and tours of the building so former colleagues could see how the Building is used now.

The photos from the party can be found on the Atkins Building Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Atkins-Building/154133097944948?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.676064542418465.1073741827.154133097944948&type=3

and a selection of the old Atkins photographs can be found in the Hinckley Times online gallery
http://www.hinckleytimes.net/hinckley-pictures/

Future Footprints Exhibition

Date Posted: 02 July 2013

Future Footprints an exhibition on the History of Hinckley by Redmoor High School featuring archaeology, film, photography, reminiscences and fashion supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. The exhibition is on display in the Partridge suite at Atkins Building from now until Saturday 13th July. For films on the making of the exhibition including creating a replica Hansom Cab please see http://www.redmooracademy.org/footprints/videos.php.

Exhibition Opening Times - Monday 1st July to Saturday 13th July
Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:00
Saturday 13th July 11:00 to 15:00

Atkins Building to hold reunion party for former factory employees

Date Posted: 29 April 2013
Folding and Bagging department 2002

Folding and Bagging department 2002

Fully Fashioned Memories - a photographic exhibition and reunion party looking back at the employees of Atkins Brothers Ltd. The exhibition will be on display in Atkins Building Reception from the 12th September as part of Heritage Open Days and will look at the work and play aspect of life for Atkins Brothers Ltd employees.

Then on Saturday 28th September Fully Fashioned Memories moves to Cafe Impressions at Atkins Building for the reunion party!

If you are interested in attending the reunion or have photographs that you would like to share then please get in touch on 01455 247070 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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