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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.

Cal Crutchlow by Neil Adcock
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
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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