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About Us

The LAKE gallery is an artist-led gallery situated in the heart of West Kirby on the beautiful Wirral peninsula. The gallery hosts a changing program of exhibitions of fine art and contemporary craft from artists local to Wirral and from further afield.

We are open from 10am – 4pm every Thursday, Friday & Saturday. You can also make an appointment to view the current exhibition outside these times.

Meet the team

Helen Smith

Helen Smith, glass artist

Running an art gallery was not something I expected to be doing but when the opportunity came up, it was too good to miss! 

When not in the gallery, I can be found in my own studio where I work in kiln-formed glass, using sheet glass and glass powders to create pieces which capture the colours and textures of our coastal landscape. 

After a first career in IT and raising a family, I completed a BA Design: Applied Arts degree at Glyndwr University in 2013, where I specialised in glass. I am a member of the Contemporary Glass Society and also of the small team which coordinates the popular annual Wirral Open Studio Tour. 

Clare Flinn

Opening a gallery was a dream of mine for a few years, so I am delighted to be part of the LAKE gallery. I come from Ireland from a family of artists, but I did not pursue an artistic career until recently. I completed a BA Fine Art degree in Wirral Metropolitan College in 2015, and have worked as an artist and teacher ever since. 

My inspiration usually comes from the wilder landscapes of the British Isles, and I am a printmaker as well as a painter. I exhibit locally (Editions, Liverpool) and around the UK, in the Whitehouse Gallery (Kirkcudbright, Scotland), in Zillah Bell Gallery (Thirsk, Yorkshire), and in Plas Glyn Y Weddw (Llanbedrog, Wales).

Marianthi Lainas

Being a partner in the LAKE gallery allows me to use my experience as a practising artist to support other creatives.

My own mixed media work is inspired by the transient beauty of our coastal edgelands, and created in collaboration with the landscape using experimental processes.

Over the past 15 years I have exhibited widely across the UK in solo and group shows. I also play an active role in the local arts community, mentoring young photographic artists, and am part of the Wirral Open Studio Tour organising team.

While there is no substitute for seeing the art in person we do know that sometimes it won’t be possible for you to get here, so you can browse artwork from most of our exhibitions online; take a look at the ones you may have missed, or check out whether you still love that piece as much as you did at first sight (and if it’s still available…!)

If an exhibition has finished and the work is no longer on display in the gallery we are happy to bring pieces back in for a viewing by arrangement with the artist. We will ship artwork and we can also arrange home visits locally if you’re looking for that special piece of art but you just can’t visualise it in your own space – please contact us to arrange this.

We hold private view events for each of our exhibitions and also host regular Artist Talks where you can come and meet our exhibiting artists and learn about their inspiration and processes.