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Ink This exhibition
Ink This: "Brilliant"


By The Usual Suspects, Guest Contributors
A brilliant new exhibition came to Leicester in March called Ink This. It was situated in the Leicester Creative Depot and featured the works of 37 designers and illustrators from across the world.

The exhibition returned to Leicester in March, Inkthis 1 was previously shown in Leicester in August 2006.

Dreams and Nightmares logo
This year's theme...

For the exhibition the designers were asked to create works based on the theme of dreams and nightmares, and on display was some the most fascinating and imaginative images you could ever see.

The Usual Suspects (Marvin, Kwame and Ryan) went along to the exhibition and caught up with Gurps, one of the innovators of the event...

Why the concept dreams and nightmares?

We wanted to do something different from last year's theme 'Instillation', we didn't just want the artists to contribute select pieces, but wanted to inspire them – so we came up with the concept 'Dreams and Nightmares'.

How did you build on last year's exhibition?

This one was very different from the last one. This time we had some of the best illustrators from all over the world contributing.

"We've gotten positive responses for this exhibition – it's all about getting design across to people."
Gurps, Event Innovator

The space is restricted, so we had to use digitally printed images – but we have the four corners of the globe in one room.

Why Leicester?

The Leicester Creative Depot was the only good venue in Leicester, but it's close to the city centre which is a plus.

This was the second one in Leicester (the first one was held at Vanilla Arts, but now it's closed down) but honestly it's a difficult city, I've lived here for around five years and it hasn't got a "graphic" scene, but it's close to home which is great.

What do you hope to achieve with events like this?

We've got positive responses for this exhibition – it's all about getting design across to people. To inform them about the art, and most of all, so it can be enjoyed!

What are your future plans?

People at the exhibition
Ink This was very popular

The exhibition was a success and is set to travel to London and also Hong Kong; we have also been working on a book release in late 2007 featuring the works, interviews and more.

Lastly, any advise for budding illustrators?

Keep working hard, it's a nightmare, but keep pushing for that dream and it'll materialise.

It's all about exposure, using the internet and other resources to get your work out there. Once one person wants your work your name will be known and you can continue to build.

last updated: 27/03/07
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