A new independent is opening in the city centre.

Compleat Artist, an art materials shop, will open on Tuesday (January 18).

It will take over the empty premises of 34 Winchester Street, a site that has been vacant since November, when Noble Art Supplies closed.

Owner Pierre Barton-Pink, 24, says he hopes the shop will become an "hub" for artists and art-lovers in the city, offering advice and demonstrations.

He told the Journal: "Salisbury does need an art shop. There are so many artists and artist groups in Salisbury and there really is a scene.

"I also think that sales lost online should be converted back to the high street. It would really help the high street."

He is running the business on his own, which has been a "big project", redecorating the place ready for opening.

Himself an artist, he studied an art foundation course where he came across a book by Nicholas Beer, who runs The Sarum Studio, an independent fine art school in Salisbury.

Pierre decided to study at the studio, in the Cathedral Close, practicing oil painting and the Sight-Size method.

He then started a decorating business, but when Noble Art Supplies announced their closure, he decided it was time to open a shop of his own.

The shop's name is a nod to the previous Compleat Artist shop in Crane Street in Salisbury, which closed in 2015 after more than 60 years of business.

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Pierre said: "Sharon Noble, who used to run the art shop in here, and Nic Beer, the teacher who taught me to paint, both used to work at the old Compleat Artist on Crane Street.

"It was the shop to go to outside of London, and I want to recreate that. The guy who owned it used to be working on his own projects in the shop.

"I'm hoping to do some demonstrations for people who want to get into art and eventually get a print roller for people who do linoprints and etchings in the back room, so they can use that if they want to.

"I want to set it up as an art hub where people can come for advice and demos, to encourage more people to get into it and try new things with materials."

Pierre was born in Tokyo, growing up in Brockenhurst in the New Forest before moving to Salisbury to study.

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