A VICTORIAN house in Ramsgate has been transformed into a art gallery which will show modern and contemporary works.
Satis House has the new Updown Art Gallery located over four floors and just a few minutes walk from the town centre and the majestic royal harbour.
The gallery, which will show modern and contemporary British and American works, will open in November. Its owner Kate Smith hopes to follow on the success of Margate's Turner Contemporary bringing high-quality exhibitions to Thanet.
The gallery, in a building formerly used by social services, will open with an exhibition celebrating the 80th birthday of the Kent-born Godfather of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake.
The gallery's schedule of shows for 2013 includes Francis Bacon, Ian Davenport, Richard Hamilton, Damien Hirst, Katherine Le Hardy, Ben Nicholson, Piers Secund Henry Moore, Cedric Christie and Andy Warhol.
Kate returns to Kent after more than a decade working in the international art scene in galleries in London and New York.
Her vision is clear – she will bring the very finest and renowned London shows to Kent, for residents to enjoy and view in the beautifully refurnished gallery.
The gallery will also offer an art consultancy service covering all aspects, from starting a collection to finding the right works to add to or complete an existing collection.
Updown Gallery, Sir Peter Blake, 6 Decades in Print, opens November 17. www.updowngallery.co.uk goes live this month.