A COMMERCIAL art gallery has joined the thriving artistic community in Wotton-under-Edge.

Wotton Gallery officially opened its doors on Long Street on Saturday, February 1.

Gallery owner and artist Philip Hill is currently showing his own work, but will also exhibit work from up and coming local artists.

Mr Hill’s bold, modern pieces utilise perspex and acrylic sheets along with light to create multi-functional artworks.

Bright colours are used alongside art light in sculptures and installations often taking everyday objects at their base – everything from drift wood through to motor parts, hair dryers and Vespa mopeds.

Mr Hill, 55, said: “The gallery will host regular exhibitions with a focus on modern and contemporary art that breaks from standard conventions, and which engages and inspires."

Having lived in Greece in recent years, Mr Hill was visiting his twin brother in Wotton when he happened upon the vacant shop in the town centre. A chance encounter with the property’s seller resulted in him realising his lifelong dream to own an art gallery.

Gallery manager Amanda McKnight said they had been getting lots of interest from people hoping to contribute to the gallery.

“It’s going to be a question of who complements his work and the gallery,” she explained.

“We have been told by other locals that Wotton is up-and-coming in the arts scene and we are excited to be entering the art sector during its time of growth.”

You can find the Wotton Gallery at 42 Long Street. It is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. For more information, call 01453 845286 or visit www.wottongallery.com