The Lock Gallery

Workshop 10, The Canal Basin
Tel: 078 4699 3974
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Another Canal Basin gem.
Opened in May 2008, The Lock Gallery showcases the work of artists across Coventry.
Owner and artist Emma O'Brien said: "The city seemed to lack space for artists.
"When I graduated in 2000 I didn’t have a clue where I could show my work.
"I ended up having an exhibition in Yorkshire.
"We’ve got a great art school at Coventry University and lots of talent but there are not many places where artists can show their work.
"People think there is a dearth of culture in Coventry. But there isn’t. There’s a lot here – but it needs shouting about."
Emma’s gallery has a range of exhibits costing from £10 to £3,000. She showcases her own ‘soft sculptures’ – curious abstract pieces that feel great to the touch.
Emma also does a colourful range of ‘monsters’ – a cross between cuddly toys and ornaments.
There is some lovely glass jewellery created by city artist Amanda Glanville and stunning clay torsos made by Alison Dix.
Anthony Dix exhibits interesting ceramic pots and Christine Baylis has three captivating painting/collages on show. In the centre of the gallery is a wooden horse beautifully carved by 76-year-old Coventry carpenter Norman Wood (no joke).
As well as running the gallery Emma also hosts quirky life drawing classes. Twice a month a model dressed in a different theme poses for students.
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