Brierley Hill’s Nine Locks Art Group is exhibiting at Dudley Canal Trust’s Portal building over the next two months. Led by their tutor, Tim Nash, this small gathering of like-minded people meets every Monday at Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Learning Centre to discuss and develop their painting skills.

This exhibition is a great opportunity for us to support local artists and maybe even inspire visitors to give it a go and get involved with their local group. Works on display range from industrial scenes, canal-side views and autumnal landscapes in a variety of different styles and media. Delicate watercolours of local locks and canal boats sit beside striking mixed media landscapes with bright autumnal colours.

We have chosen to take a peek at a couple of the paintings here.  Tim Nash’s ‘Industrial Past on the Black Country Canal’ is in mixed media, using clippings together with paints to create an atmospheric watery scene. The dark towering chimneys of industry contrast with the bright reds and yellows of the dainty cottages and shops.

Gail Belchamber’s watercolour ‘Living on the Water in Autumn’ captures the chilly autumn days on the canal. Gail’s attention to detail brings the canal to life, with its architecture and wildlife, even down to pretty painted canal ware sitting on top of the boat.

The exhibition is free to visit and will run from 7th November – 5th January 2017. All of the original artwork featured in the exhibition will be for sale. For more information, visit the Trust’s website at or call 0121 557 6265.