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Art exhibitions

For more than 40 years, the Loft Theatre has hosted artists who wish to exhibit their work in the lounge areas of the theatre.

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.


Reflections by Virginia Murphy
Reflections (machine embroidered) by Virginia Murphy

Until the end of the season, our exhibition space features the work of three local artists: Virginia Murphy, Carol Blunt and Jacqui Smithson.

Virginia Murphy started painting about 25 years ago when she lived in Scotland and for a short time she studied with and was inspired by the well-known Scottish artist Ann Sinclair. After moving back to her home town of Leamington Spa 20 years ago, Virginia further developed her painting under the excellent guidance of Warwickshire artist, Pauline Wilson.

Virginia began developing her own technique using various media and experimenting with texture and colour to create a unique style. As all creative people develop their own style, Virginia’s evolved from small watercolours to large acrylic and oil paintings expressing her love of colour and nature in bold compositions on canvas. It is a desire to try to recreate the complexity of colours in nature that spurs her on – ever changing her style in the desire to express herself through her pictures.

Although continuing with her painting, Virginia now focuses much of her time on design and creative arts and crafts. About three years ago Virginia attended several courses in felt-making and creative design. She was really inspired from this to experiment with machine embroidery. So now, as well as painting, Virginia creates very individual and striking machine embroidered pictures, using handmade felt and beautiful materials.



Carol Blunt is a Kenilworth-based ex art teacher. She has a passionate interest in mixed media, painting, printing, collage and textiles.

Carol takes her inspiration from nature and cultures locally and abroad, and loves to express herself through colour, form and texture.


Ode to Vincent by Jacqui Smithson
Ode to Vincent (giclée print from an
original textile) by Jacqui Smithson

Jacqui Smithson is a mixed media artist with a passion for texture and strong, brilliant colour. From her beginnings as a painter she also now works with textiles and makes her own felt which she then embellishes with threads, silks and stitch. Jacqui works to commission and regularly shows her work in the region. She also teaches felt-making workshops in the area.

‘By combining traditional felting techniques and fine art I have been able to channel my work in a different way. The coloured fibres replace the brush strokes. When the wool is worked in to felt using hot, soapy water the results are striking in their vibrancy much like a loosely worked acrylic or oil painting.’

If you are interested in commissioning a piece of artwork or would like to join one of Jacqui’s workshops please email her for more details: Jacqui.a.smithson@gmail.com.



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