About Ruth Lock Shell Art Gallery

To see the work of one of South Africa’s unsung artists, visit the home of Winifred Ruth Lock, who died in 1994 but lived in this house from the day she was born, in 1906.

Whilst Ruth Lock’s work does not qualify as Outsider Art, there are elements in her work that remind one of Helen Martins’ Owl House in Nieu Bethesda. Martins only turned her attention to the yard in which stand the cement figurines for which she is so famous, once she had decorated the inside of her house.

Martins covered the interior surfaces of her house with bright paint and ground glass. Similarly, Ruth Lock decorated her entire house - the floor, windows, walls and lamps - with an intricate daisy pattern. She also focused on shells, and using broken bits and pieces she found at the dump.

The house has been converted into three galleries, the first of which contains a myriad sculptures made almost entirely from sea shells that Ruth collected on her holidays in Port St Johns on the Wild Coast.

The second holds a series of intricate paintings that, on closer inspection, reveal that they too are made from shells.

The third gallery, is a collection called Broken Things - Ruth collected a series of things that she found on rubbish dumps - plates, jugs, teapots - almost all of them broken and tossed out by their owners, which she embellished.

Find out more about Ruth’s art and her devotion to her passion, which dominated her time, by visiting the art gallery. The collection belongs to Ruth Lock’s niece who promised her aunt that she would always keep the collection together.

Need to Know

Where1 Lamont Street, Westbourne, Queenstown, Karoo Heartland, Eastern Cape

WhenMonday to Friday from 09h00 to 16h00.
Saturday from 09h00 to 15h00.

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+27 (0)73 189-0512

OvernightStay nearby in Queenstown, in Eastern Cape


Please note, business details can change. While we endeavour to ensure all information provided by the service provider is correct at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability caused by errors or changes, such as price, cost, time, and location. Please check with the provider that the activity/business is still offered as described, before making any travel plans.

Need an Update?

Send us feedback if this is your service/activity. Please let us know if anything on this page is outdated or contains inaccuracies.
Note, we do not have additional information or rates. Please don't contact us, rather use the service provider's contact details provided.

Find Ruth Lock Shell Art Gallery in these collections

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options by proximity

* Distances shown are "as the crow flies", not driving distances. Please confirm with the establishment should driving distance be a factor in your decision.

Other things to do in the area

Noteworthy attractions

Accommodation convenient to Ruth Lock Shell Art Gallery

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / Eastern Cape Accommodation / Karoo Heartland Accommodation / Queenstown Accommodation

Queenstown as a destination

Want to stay overnight?


When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with SA-Venues.com
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Queenstown property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via SA-Venues.com
Things To Do
South Africa. Explore. Experience. Stay

SA-Venues.com® has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.

Never miss a deal

Subscribe for the latest special offers and travel inspiration.

And, we'll send you a R200 voucher to use on your next booking.