For more than 40 years, the Loft Theatre has hosted artists
who wish to exhibit their work in the lounge areas of the
All are welcome to view the exhibitions, free of charge, when the
theatre is open to the public during the run of a Loft production.
Cal Crutchlow (oil on canvas) by Neil Adcock
Until the end of March, our exhibition space features the work of
two local artists, Neil Adcock and Cathy Renken.
Coventry-based Neil Adcock has grown up with racing
motorcycles. His father started racing when Neil was eight years of
age, on a 500cc Velocette, and recently changed to a 350cc Aermacchi;
his dad is still riding at the grand age of 73.
Whilst supporting his father at the circuits and in the workshop,
Neil, also a chartered engineer, developed a deep interest in and
understanding of both vintage and modern racing machinery.
Consequently when Neil returned to painting after a prolonged break
to bring up a family, the natural subject material for his artwork was
motor sport and in particular classic racing motorcycles.
Neil aims to bring the black-and-white images of past racing greats on
both two and four wheels, such as Mike Hailwood, Juan Manuel Fangio
and Barry Sheene, to life in full colour, with his own interpretation
in oil paint and acrylic. In addition to selling direct to clients he
exhibits work through the National Motor Cycle Museum and Sammy
Miller’s Motorcycle Museum.
As well as his work portraying the exploits of the famous, Neil takes
on commission work of less well-known individuals. Whether modern or
historic machinery, cars or motorcycles, Neil always aims to capture a
sense of speed as well as accurate detail.
Manorbier Beach by Cathy Renken
Cathy Renken is an acrylic artist who uses a technique of
thinly applied paint in layers to create her landscape paintings. Her
passion for the sea and natural forms shows through in her collection
of work. Her experience in the design profession as a graphic artist
and her textiles training in upholstery, soft furnishings and
patchwork quilting influence her later work as a contemporary artist.
She is continually exploring different themes and ideas and uses mixed
media, collage and fabrics to create new ways of capturing light,
atmosphere and texture in her work. She takes an active part in
community events and festivals and runs workshops for All Saints
church in Allesley village.
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