New art studios at the Haworth Art Gallery have officially opened.
The vacant former Stables and Motor House at the Accrington gallery have been transformed over the last two years into the studios using heritage lottery funding.
Gallery bosses said the leases and licenses for artists to rent out the studios are set to be completed by August.
The official launch event was attended by television presenter and antiques expert Eric Knowles, international wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering, and deputy lieutenant of Lancashire Martin Ainscough, who are all Haworth patrons.
They were also joined by project volunteers, members of the Haworth Artist Network, students from Hollins Technology School and Accrington Camera Club.
Yvonne Robins, Gallery and Stables Studios activity manager, said a tour of the newly-refurbished stables and motor house ‘brought gasps of delight’ with Mr Ainscough congratulating the team on a ‘wonderful transformation’.
She said: “This is just the beginning. We have a year-long programme of events, workshops and activities for everyone to take part in.”