ARTISTS and craft workers in Bradford on Avon have found a way to interest walkers during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

They've organised a Lockdown Window Exhibition at The Tithe Barn Gallery and nearby workshops.

The initiative is the brainchild of local artist Tanya Lock, owner of the Corner Gallery, and a finalist in the BBC Wildlife Artist competition.

She said: "“The idea came from seeing all those rainbows in the windows. I thought, why can’t a similar thing be done to support local artists.

"The exhibition will include work from local glassmakers, painters and potters and will have a weekly rotation of products for locals to enjoy on their daily walks."

Some of the art is from private collections and shows paintings that have won BBC Wildlife Artist awards.

One week there will be a presentation of the artwork for Royal Mail-commissioned stamps.

Every week all windows will show work from local artists to make walking interesting during the winter gloom.

Miss Lock said the national lockdown announced in January spelled disaster for market towns across the UK, with local businesses being forced to forfeit profits once again.

"There is a growing sense of urgency among locals to make up the shortfall, but what can really be done? The Tithe Barn Gallery and Workshops in Bradford-on-Avon think they’ve found a solution.

"They will be hosting a small window-displayed exhibition where visitors can view local wares in a safe, socially distanced environment.

"It goes to prove the old proverb: 'when one door closes, another window opens'."