Illustrations & Prints is a Rural Business Awards FINALIST!

We're thrilled to announce that Illustrations & Prints have been selected as a Rural Business Awards Finalist for the South East Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business category!

 
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Louise Dunckley, owner and artist, was taken by surprise when Jemma Clifford, one of the co-founders of The Rural Business Awards (RBAs), personally picked Illustrations & Prints as her entry. Jemma had spotted Louise’s prints being used in an extensive travel campaign across the county, encouraging visitors to the Surrey countryside.

Since 2017, Illustrations & Prints has been creating and selling a select number of prints illustrating the Surrey countryside and inspired by the nostalgia of railway travel posters of the past. This nostalgic style has caught the imagination of various local businesses, including Dorking Halls and Hill House Farm. More recently, Illustrations & Prints has worked with the Surrey Hills AONB to create a range of 6 limited edition prints to commemorate their 60th anniversary. Caroline Price, Marketing Communications Officer for the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) comments;

“2018 marks 60 years since the Surrey Hills was officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and we were looking for a local artist to illustrate the iconic sites of the Surrey Hills. I came across Louise’s work and knew it was just what we were looking for. Her work has interpreted from prints and posters to postcards and bus back vinyls! It’s proved so popular and is just perfect for raising awareness of our beautiful Surrey Hills – we wish Louise every success in the Rural Business Awards 2018/2019 and we are looking forward to doing lots more collaborations in the future.”

The aim of the RBAs is to give recognition to businesses operating right across the Rural sector, celebrating their achievements and acknowledging the breadth and depth of opportunity presented by the Great British countryside. The winners of the South East region will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 23rd October 2018 at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking.

Our fingers and toes are tightly crossed!

Celebrating the Surrey Hills AONB & Surrey Hills Society's Anniversaries at Losely Park

Illustrations & Prints was privileged to be able to join in with the celebrations of 60 years of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, special character and vitality of the Surrey Hills with politicians, landowners, decision makers and the Surrey Hills and the 10th anniversary of the Surrey Hills Society (the SHAONB’s 50th anniversary legacy project).

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The Pictures on the Bus....

The Surrey Hills AONB's travel campaign has been launched today with bus and train providers throughout Surrey to encourage visitors to the Surrey Hills by public transport. A series of vintage style posters, created by Louise Dunckley, of iconic sites in the Surrey Hills are featuring across railway and bus stations throughout the south east.

 
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David Wright, Chairman of the Surrey Hills Board comments: “It’s been great to engage with our partners in the travel sector. The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), is only 28 miles from London and home to thousands of commuters. 2018 marks 60 years since the Surrey Hills was officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) by Government, it is an important role for the Surrey Hills Board to raise awareness of this protected landscape and encourage visitors to the area in a sustainable way and to benefit our rural economy”.

The campaign focuses in on 6 iconic sites across the Surrey Hills; Frensham Great Pond, the Devil’s Punch Bowl, Newlands Corner, Box Hill and Reigate Hill with ideas for things to do in the area, walk options and refreshment stops.

One travel operator Metrobus who have embraced the campaign have gone one step further to promote the area by producing the artwork in large scale and adorning the back of two double decker buses which will be seen around the East Surrey area.

Charlotte Bruce, Marketing Manager for Metrobus comments: “It's been a real pleasure to work with the Surrey Hills AONB and help them promote using public transport to visit this beautiful area.  The illustrations by Louise Dunckley are just stunning and look amazing on the two buses.  The illustrations will be on the buses for at least 2 years and you might spot them around Surrey and also in Sussex. We were really pleased to be a part of this campaign.”

Look out for our posters this summer at South Western Railway, Great Western Railway and Southern Railway stations as well as on Compass Travel and Metrobus routes.

Visit www.surreyhillsdaysout.org to find out more!