What is claimed to be the world's smallest gallery opens in a former BT telephone box on the green in Settle, North Yorkshire, on 11 July. The gallery will be opened by the Mayor of Settle, Councillor Barbara McLernon.
The decommissioned box was restored in a project led by local volunteers, with help from the local council. 'Contributions are welcomed from members of the public and must be no larger than a postcard
,' said the gallery's curator Professor Roger Taylor (pictured
) who lives on the green. Taylor was previously a curator at one of the world's largest museums, the former National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford. He said: 'We are very excited to see such a creative use of the phone box and it's great to have a bit of fun as well as involve the wider community in a contemporary art and photography project
,' The opening exhibition features postcard-sized work from local artists and schoolchildren, as well as examples by more renowned figures such as Ansel Adams, Paul Hill, Samuel Palmer and Toulouse Lautrec. 'We are very excited to see such a creative use of the phone box and it's great to have a bit of fun as well as involve the wider community in a contemporary art and photography project
,' said Taylor who is Professor of Photographic History at De Montfort University.
The Gallery on the Green will exhibit photographs, paintings and drawings, and visitors are asked to make contributions of 'postcard art'. One-man shows and thematic shows are planned for the future.
The gallery website can be found here: http://www.galleryonthegreen.org.uk/index.html