New art gallery wasn't a tough call
Published 15/10/2010 | 09:14
Cunning villagers have found a novel way to draw in tourists - by turning an old red phone box into a community art gallery.
The former phone kiosk has been transformed from a telephone exchange to a quirky art exhibition.
Councillors in Prickwillow, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, purchased the classic red phone box from BT for just £1 - on the condition it will not be moved.
A number of villagers pitched in with the restoration work of the disused kiosk.
Graphic designer Nick Edell suggested it could be turned into a gallery for a variety of exhibitions.
Mr Edell said: "We are hoping that this phone box - an iconic English space - will capture community imagination and we're already very excited about the level of enthusiasm the idea has received.
"Our aim is provide an open art space for local artists, craftspeople, galleries and school children as well as contemporary artists and photographers from further afield."
The first exhibition to be showcased is by local sculptor Pete Baker. His steel creation of fairies and mushrooms will be on display for the next month.