Tatton Park launch a new exhibition of 1930s inspired Wildlife artworks

Nicky Thompson (left) with John Hulme (right).
Nicky Thompson (left) with John Hulme (right).

Tatton Park launch a new exhibition of 1930’s inspired Wildlife artworks to be displayed in their gardens from 3rd October – 15th November 2020.

The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership has again teamed up with Chester artist Nicky Thompson to create a new poster campaign entitled: TRAVEL THE MID CHESHIRE RAIL LINE AND DISCOVER CHESHIRE’S WONDERFUL WILDLIFE.

The artworks are in Nicky’s distinctive style characterised by bold vibrant colours and period typography. The collection follows other successful collaborations with the Mid Cheshire Line, which connects Chester with Manchester via Northwich, Knutsford and Altrincham, including the Marvellous Days Out Railway posters that achieved widespread acclaim in 2017. Nicky also had his first solo show at the Grosvenor Museum last year called ‘Made in Chester’.

The new collection is inspired by the great British transport posters of the early 20th century and the wildlife illustrators from Nicky’s childhood, most notably Charles Tunnicliffe’s work for the Ladybird wildlife series of books.

There will be a collection of 12- artwork features on display, and there will be an accompanying 24 page booklet (written by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust) that will be available free of charge to support the exhibition. Posters and postcard sets will available from the The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership and Crewe Heritage Centre and the Gift Shop at Tatton Park. Fine-art versions of the artworks will be available from

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Nicky (50) is the owner of Chester-based Lemondrop Creative and is also a visiting lecturer at the university of Chester. He said: “I have been mindful for some time to produce a wildlife series of artworks to encourage people to get out and about and enjoy the fabulous nature on our doorstep. Although this series is essentially ‘platform art’ and will be displayed across the Mid Cheshire Rail Line, I am really excited to see them in the stunning gardens at Tatton Park. I really can’t think of a more picture-perfect ‘gallery’.

I grew up in Ellesmere Port which, although an industrial town, had pockets of stunning natural beauty including the stunning Rivacre Valley which is where most of my childhood was spent. It was here that I developed a love for wildlife and all things nature. I am no expert but I am still happiest when wandering through the bluebells or spotting the elusive flash of a kingfisher.

John Hulme, a Director of the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership, said: “The CRP are delighted to be working with Nicky again with this new series of artworks which are designed to encourage travel on the Mid Cheshire Rail Line and exploration of the Cheshire’s wonderful nature and countryside.

“Both Nicky’s Marvellous Days Out on the Mid Cheshire Line Posters which were launched in 2017 and our recent joint My Cheshire Arts Painting Competition, for primary school youngsters, have both been a huge success with Nicky’s posters gaining worldwide acclaim.”

Caroline Jackson, Marketing Manager at Tatton Park said: “Tatton Park’s natural landscape and award winning Gardens will no doubt provide the perfect backdrop for Nick’s wonderful artwork. We can’t wait to see how iconic parts of Tatton’s 50 acres of gardens, frame the colourful wildlife illustrations and create an inspiring Garden trail for visitors of all ages to experience this Autumn. We are equally as thrilled that one of the artworks pays homage to Tatton’s Red Deer

Photography Credit: Paul Wills
Note from Tatton: Garden entry tickets must be pre-booked (National Trust members get into gardens free)