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Dara – Tree of Life OPENS 25th June

Dara – Tree of Life
Dear friend of The Old Lock Up Gallery –


I’ve g a lot of news and info to share with you in this newsletter – so I’ll try to keep it as short as possible..

Firstly our annual Open was amazing this year and it felt so good to have the gallery space full to bursting with beautiful work: the show ends tomorrow at 5pm – so if you’re free pop in and you’ll see what I mean. Yesterday I announced the prize winners from the show and if you’d like to find out who they are please head over to our website. As this show is close to ending I’m getting ready to open the next show – Dara – Tree of life, which promises to be as equally beautiful!


The exhibition opens on the 25th June and as ever you are warmly welcome to join me and some of the 32 exhibiting artists in the show. For a short synopsis of the exhibition click on the button/link above.

To accompany the exhibition I’ve planned a few events – 2 of which are listed on the galleries ‘Whats On’ page – I’m planning to add these types of events whenever I can to the exhibitions here at the gallery – I recently became an accredited mindfulness teacher and I’ll be weaving mindfulness as and when it feels right into the gallery and shows. There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the artists: date for this is yet to be confirmed!

To see whats coming up event wise please click on the link below:

Whats On
I’ve also released the dates for our 2024 Artist Residencies and they are now listed on the website. Next year will be the third year of these artist opportunities – Tansy Lee Moir was our most recent artist in residence during May and she’s written a beautiful blog post about her experience – the link to the post is also on our webpage: click on the link below if you’d like further info or wish to apply for 2024.
Artist Residencies
Secret Postcard Show
And lastly our much loved Secret Postcard Show is getting ever closer as is our call for artist entries – which begins on 8th July.

I have to share that we need your support more than ever before this year! As we are all aware the cost of living crisis is far reaching and it’s the luxuries that we often have to leave out of life when times like these take hold.

Also running a bricks and mortar business adds extra stress and strains to navigating it all. So I’d be very grateful if you’d consider supporting the gallery, the artists who I work with and myself at this difficult time. Either by submitting some postcards size pieces of work to the show, letting fellow artists know about the call out and/or once the show opens treating yourself to a postcard itself!

The link for further info is above.


Many thanks to you all for taking the time to read this rather jam packed newsletter, Summer is on it’s way and I wish you all Summer days filled with joy, growth and renewal.


Warmest Regards, Rachael Pinks.

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