THE Young Gallery in Salisbury is preparing to welcome back the public later this month.

It is on course to open from Thursday, May 20 but in the meantime it has a virtual art exhibition for art lovers to enjoy.

The virtual exhibition, which can be accessed via the gallery's website, allow people to see some of the Edwin Young watercolours. A virtual gallery has been uploaded to the website and can be accessed at

John Bruce, of the Young Gallery Supporters group, said: “In addition to this exciting new option for viewing the work we’ve also set out each image on an individual page where people can comment.

"In the more straightforward cases, we’ve established the position where Edwin Young would have painted from, and we’re hoping that some of the locations, that we’re not sure of, may be identified by the public, and invite them to comment their whereabouts on that image’s page.”

The public are not only invited to pinpoint the missing locations, but invited to create their own drawing or painting from the same place.

A selection may be featured alongside the original picture on the website.

The gallery would like budding artists to email their pictures to, with a note of which of Young’s paintings they relate to.

Ahead of the reopening, the gallery’s curator, Peter Riley, is installing work in all three galleries.

He added: “As well as Young’s Harnham Watercolours in Gallery 2, we’ll have examples from our Permanent Collection in the other galleries. We’ve got some outstanding art works to show you including a newly acquired Elizabeth Blackadder watercolour and a rare Constable etching of Milford Bridge.”

Speaking about the reopening John said: "It’s been a long time coming but we’re so pleased to be able to welcome visitors again at last, and we’re celebrating this with a very special exhibition of watercolours by our founder and namesake, the Victorian artist Edwin Young.”

The gallery, which is located above Salisbury Library, will open from Thursday, May 20.


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