A Blackburn artist-led arts and community centre has re-opened after moving location this week, with a new exhibition showcasing a local painter.

The Bureau Arts Centre has recently moved from Penny Street at the old Thwaites Training HQ, to Exchange Street.

To celebrate the move to the former Lewis Textile Museum, their first exhibition since opening showcases paintings by artist David Read.

David was a Blackburn artist who studied art at Blackburn College before going on to develop his work with acrylic.

He volunteered at Brockholes Nature Reserve, Pleasington Nature Reserve and East Lancashire Hospice.

Posting on its Facebook page, a spokesperson for The Bureau Arts Centre said: "After a lovely and emotional launch event, David Read's exhibition is [now] open to the public.

"David was so prolific that the building is full of his vibrant work on canvas, on the walls and even propped up on the floor.

"On the ground floor, you'll find the family's collection of paintings which is not for sale, but there are many pieces, including all those in the Atrium on the first floor, which are for sale with prices starting at £50.

"Stephen, David's brother, is invigilating in the Atrium and can tell you all about David's work.

"There's been a sale already, and we are thrilled that the Read family is donating a percentage to The Bureau to support our work."

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The collection currently at The Bureau features acrylic-on-canvas paintings with themes represented in the exhibition, including portraiture, nature, religions, mythology and ancient wisdom.

Prior to his passing, David had expressed a wish that his work be exhibited in Blackburn in 2024.

The family made the artworks available to view at The Bureau so that the 'art can be seen by David’s friends and the wider community'.

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The Bureau 'provides space for arts activities, theatre, music, cultural events and community participation'.

The exhibition is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 2pm, and Saturdays 11am to 3pm.