A NEW gallery showcasing the work of emerging young artists has opened in Bolton Market.

Bolton Sixth Form’s art students have been given a permanent exhibition space to display their creative work — and shoppers with an eye for art can purchase the pieces on show.

The gallery includes work by BTEC and A-level students at the college, studying subjects including graphic design, photography, as well as and art and design.

Exhibitions will be changed on a regular basis. Debbie Wynne, Head of Art and Design at Bolton Sixth Form College, said: “The team at Bolton Market have been incredibly supportive of our students over the years, helping them to run pop-up market stalls at the indoor market to sell their work.

“Now this permanent exhibition will be a space to celebrate our students’ work.

“It will be a place where they can connect with Bolton and sell their work, as they begin their journeys as young creatives, making a living by doing what they love.

“Without the ongoing support from Bolton Market, this would not have happened.

“Myself and our students could not be happier with the space and we look forward to creating many more exhibitions for the people and visitors of Bolton to enjoy.”

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Adele Warren, said: “This is a great example of how we can collaborate with our partners in the community to support young people in Bolton to achieve their ambitions.

“There are some truly impressive works on display and I’d urge everyone to take a look and see for themselves what incredible young artists we have here in Bolton.

“All the art on display is for sale. So not only is this a chance to support local talent, but you might be buying an early work by a future Turner Prize winner.”