Barbara Hind has been sponsored by the Arts Council, New Perspectives,
Hinckley Borough Council and the Sheepy and District Community Arts
Group to capture in words and pictures the essence of rural life
in the 5 villages of The Sheepy Group. She has photographed many
local people, both younger and older and interviewed them to distill
their memories and also to paint a picture of life in the villages
in the early 21st Century.
Sheepy Tales, the new book of colour photographs bringing to life
the people and places of Sheepy Magna, Twycross, Sibson, Ratcliffe
Culey and Orton-on-the-Hill is being launched at Ratcliffe Culey
Church on Friday 24 June from 7.00pm onwards.
Sheepy Tales follows on from the photographic exhibition by international
photographer Barbara Hind which was on view last autumn in Ratcliffe
and Orton Churches before going on to major venues in Hinckley.
The photographs are accompanied by fascinating personal reflections
of local people talking about the villages past and present.
Sheepy Tales is selling at £10 per copy and books will also
be available after the launch from Annette Reed on 01827 881082
and Rita Poulson on 01827 880203.
Sheepy Tales is neither sentimental nor ideological. It is
a record of rural change, but not one that romanticises the past
in favour of the present, of one small part of Leicestershire, unique
to, and representative only of, itself.
Whether they are old or young or neither, whether their whole lives
have been defined by this place or it has only recently begun to
influence how they see themselves, the people who speak through
these pages are never less than themselves. And so the stories they
choose to tell are complex, actual and, often, ambivalent. Those
who walk in them are real. They speak Esperanto, sing music hall,
breed chimpanzees and dig mines, as well as having the more expected
occupations of English villagers. The past is not distant here,
even when those who people it monks and farmers and squires
are known only through tales handed down. François
This book is the result of a true collaboration between an
artist and a community. The photographer Barbara Hind, Annette Reid
the Vicar of the Sheepy group of Churches and the local community
have worked together to create a book that reflects the past, present
and looks to the future of rural life in this part of Leicestershire.
About Barbara Hind: Barbara is a visiting lecturer in the UK and
abroad and is attached to the Department of Anthropology at the
National University of Mongolia. Her work has been shown at many
venues including the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and The Walk Gallery
in London with British artist Richard Long.
During the last three years she has exhibited in Australia, Canada,
Korea, Japan, Mongolia, India, Germany and the UK. Commissions include
the Grand National Panel at the Museum of Liverpool Life, and the
Bhuddist banner for the Multi-faith Centre, University of Derby.
Her work is held in many international private and national collections.
She has published three books of photographs: "Going Home:
continuity and change in modern Mongolia", "Nottinghamshire
Mounted Police" and "Touching Lives" - a sensitive
portrayal of a hospice in India.