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Leicester's 'story of parks' celebrated in new series of prints

Published on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A SET of ten specially commissioned artworks celebrating the story of Leicester’s parks has been produced as part of a new partnership project.

Leicester Print Workshop teamed with the city council’s ‘Story of Parks’ project to run ‘Printing Parks’, a collaborative art project between community groups, schools, festival crowds and local artist and printmaker Sally Stephens.

Community groups and schools taking part in the project included: Action Deafness, Brightsparks, Learning for the Fourth Age, Mothers Unite, Network for Change and Moat Community College

The project resulted in a series of striking linocut prints that captures the history, attractions and unique features of ten city parks.

The ten final prints – which were revealed at a special exhibition at Leicester Print Workshop – will soon be available as postcards from the Visit Leicester Centre on Gallowtree Gate; Leicester Print Workshop, 50 St George Street; and Evington House on Evington Park.

Artist Sally Stephens said: “I have very much enjoyed visiting these parks and supporting group members in making their own work inspired by the visits. It has been exciting to use their ideas in the final prints.”

Lizzie Whittington, Leicester City Council Story of Parks project officer said: “These beautiful new prints celebrate the important role that parks play in the day-to-day life and history of local communities.

“Leicester Print Workshop and Sally Stephens have done a wonderful job of pulling this ambitious collaboration together and I am sure that the new postcards will prove popular.”

The Story of Parks is a three-year, Heritage Lottery-funded project to gather and celebrate the history of Leicester’s parks through the stories and memories of local people that use them.

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