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Art celebrating Grantham and Belvoir to be sold to raise money for NHS workers

Artwork celebrating the local area is being sold, with half the money going to supporting NHS staff and volunteers.

The collection of art, named EATSLEEPHILLSREPEAT, is a collaboration between artist and teacher Paul Letchworth and printmaker Matthew Leach, of fireaterletterpress, during lockdown.

According to Paul, this original artwork is "a visual celebration of the joy and despair of walking or cycling up and down hills in Belvoir and Grantham."

EatSleepHillsRepeat is a visual celebration of the hills in Belvoir and Grantham (38659854)
EatSleepHillsRepeat is a visual celebration of the hills in Belvoir and Grantham (38659854)

As well as this, the art provides a fund-raising opportunity for NHS workers whom Paul says "we owe so much to".

Whilst clapping on one Thursday, Paul decided that he could do something better than just a clap for the NHS on his own doorstep and decided to find a way to raise money instead, using creative skills.

As a keen Witham Wheeler cyclist and Belvoir Tri club triathlete, Paul has been cycling around the Vale of Belvoir and Grantham for over 10 years and developed an idea to celebrate the hills.

He started by exploring digital ways in which he could compose the data, such as working out the elevation or gradient length of climb using strava and OS maps.

Paul said: "I showed the designs to artist and printmaker Matthew Leach and asked 'what can you do with these?' Well, Matthew got going on interpreting the designs and produced the beautiful A2 print.

"The print is produced using expert hand-made traditional techniques by Matthew, using hand inking and letter pressing having debossed features.

"It is printed onto thick high quality Fabriano Unica paper with high quality oil-based inks and is A2 in scale. Matthew works out of Saltby and works with custom commissions.

"We shall be donating 50 per cent of the sale of this poster to support the health and emotional wellbeing of NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients through NHS charities together."

The special edition 30 x A2 prints (20 two colour & 10 black) are priced at £55 unframed. To purchase the prints, go to: https://www.fireater.co.uk/store/belvoir-hills-poster

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