Situated in the heart of the East Midlands in the busy Town centre of Loughborough, SOCK gallery is based on the ground floor of Loughborough Town Hall.
To provide the residents and visitors of Charnwood with a place to view, and purchase, visual art from the best possible exhibitions available with the aim of education and enlightenment.
To provide a balance of exhibitions each year that combines local professional artists and emerging local talent with British and International practitioners.
9.00am-5.00pm Monday to Saturday
Balcony Gallery - Colours of Summer
- 2 June — 26 September 2015 *on now
A collection of paintings to encapsulate the promise of summer. Lyn leaves the dim darkness of winter to travel to the freshness of the newly planted and emerging early gardens and then onto the tropical colours of hot summer borders. From small pots of Auriculas to fields of flowers, her paintings sing with vibrant colours and the textures of plant life.
This passion for flowers is reflected in a sympathetic blend of light and colour which she imbues in her paintings. Lyn creates loose sensitive watercolours which, alongside spontaneous and strong acrylic canvasses, capture a sense of immediacy and isolates an unforgettable moment in time.
- Any age
Sock Gallery Open Exhibition
- 8 August — 5 September 2015 *on now
The open provides a fantastic opportunity for 2D artists from all backgrounds to exhibit their work; both amateur and professional, from all over the UK, from the young to the more experienced. Applicants can submit up to three pieces of work each, which are all judged by an independent selection panel. Those who are successful will have their work on display as part of the Open Exhibit.
Thursday 30th July 9am-5pm
Friday 31st July 9am-7pm
Saturday 1st August 9am-5pm
Pieces must be submitted in person at Loughborough Town Hall on one of the specified submission dates. We regret that we are unable to accept work before or after these dates. Anyone bringing in work on behalf of an artist must have with them the completed application form as well as the required entry fee.
If your work is larger than 2m x 2m (including the frame), please contact Sock Gallery before the submission dates for advice. All work must be fitted with mirror plates before entry.
For more information, and to download our application form, please visit our website.
- Any age
There is a non-refundable administration fee of £6 per piece of work submitted. This must be paid at the time of submission, with a maximum of 3 pieces per person (total £18). Payment can be paid by cash or cheque (cheques must be made payable to Charnwood Borough Council)
The Art of Rosemary Mafrici
- 10 — 30 September 2015
Rosemary uses a variety of art materials, which include oils, watercolours and chalk pastels. Her Italian husband’s roots in Calabria, where she can be found painting in the streets, influence many of her paintings, whilst other pieces have a distinctively English feel.
- Any age
Words and Pictures
- 3 — 25 October 2015
Sarah is a children’s illustrator and book artist from Loughborough and uses a variety of mediums in her artwork, including watercolour, pencil, wax crayon, screen print and textiles. She is driven by a fascination of drawing and the relationship between words and pictures. She also self publishes her stories and makes hand crafted felt characters to accompany her publications. Sarah’s books and felt characters will be available alongside her original artwork as part of this, her first solo exhibition.
- Any age
- 29 October — 5 December 2015
Now living in North Devon, Dave Green’s current work is themed on sea caves, shipwrecks and the wild rocky shore. All of Dave’s photography is digital and his finished images are often constructed from more than 100 separate photographs, of different exposure and angle of view, all from a fixed point. He achieves the richest detail, from the deepest blacks to the brightest highlights, in an often extremely high contrast scene. This exhibition, incorporating the best of Dave’s current work, includes the development of his technique from last century's 35mm film triptychs to his present day stitching of multiple digital files together.
- Any age
Light in the Landscape
- 10 December 2015 — 23 January 2016
n enjoying hill walking and his passion for the beauty of the natural world in all seasons, Rod turned to the landscape as a source of inspiration for painting. When touring Britain and Ireland over many years, from the Western Isles in Scotland to the creeks and coves of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, as well as numerous places in between, he has always found endless possibilities for painting.
In “Light in the Landscape", Rod depicts local scenes as well as those from elsewhere and explores the way in which the landscape is transformed by the fleeting effects of light and weather, using a variety of formats and considered compositions.
- Any age
Loughborough Town Hall