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Spot the birdie with Lucy Stevens

The contemporary artist has just launched her latest solo exhibition. Here, she shares her favourite hidden gems in Leicestershire.

Talented local artist Lucy is born and raised in Leicester. She’s lived here her whole life – apart from when she went to uni. She now lives in Aylestone with her partner and Border Terrier dog, Millie and knows the county like the back of her hand so of course, we had to ask her about her favourite places in Leicestershire.

Go-to for coffee? The Tiny Bakery or Northern Cobbler in Clarendon Park. It’s usually a sweet treat like an almond croissant, or peanut butter and chocolate slice with a Chai tea latte. 

Fave walk? I try to check out lots of different National Forest and Wildlife Trust nature reserves where I can birdwatch and take the dog for a walk so anything from Beacon Hill, Bradgate Park to Cossington Meadows. 

Fave park? Aylestone Meadows is perfect for a sunny dog walk along the canal and the King’s Lock Tearooms is lovely to pick up tea and scones. 

Foodie hot spot? The Black Horse usually for a flavoured gin and lemonade at the weekend. They have a lovely outdoor area that feels really cosy and special. We have been using Uber Eats a lot during lockdown to order from Huns for their veggie/vegan burgers and Herb for their tasty Indian cuisine. Although we can’t wait to explore all the new pub gardens that have launched or reopened this year.

Any hidden gems? It has to be Bitsy’s, a cake and coffee shop based at Frog Island with Graff HQ. I have a massive sweet tooth and the cakes and sweet creations she masterminds are amazing! We’re talking brownies stuffed in cookie down and covered in chocolate-type amazing. 

Shopping? WeAre is a great shop on East Bond Street based in James’ Cafe Bistro which showcases the work of over 50 artists and designers so it’s great if you want to buy a gift for someone special or treat yourself whilst supporting local makers. The food at the bistro is delicious and really reasonably priced too.

Where do you get inspiration for your art? I like contemporary art so I tend to go to Attenborough Arts Centre, LCB Depot, 2Queens, and of course my studio based at StudionAme which is home to over 30 artists and makers and also has a gallery space with a regular exhibition programme. 

Any other local businesses you love? I get my limited-edition prints created with Terry at Print Scape, based at The Lawns Business Centre in Hinckley. He’s great to work with and has a vast knowledge of the best archival inks and papers to use. I also get my framing done by Simon at Faircharm Industrial Estate. He’s a perfectionist so he’ll do the best job. 

Lucy Stevens. Catch her latest solo exhibition, Changing Seasons at StudionAme, LE1 until 20 May.

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