Gallery launches in Swaffham’s old tobacco shop

Opening of The Arts Lounge Swaffham, LtoR, Swaffham Mayor Cllr Shirley Matthews, Colin and Elizabeth Mason (owners) ANL-140811-123253009

Opening of The Arts Lounge Swaffham, LtoR, Swaffham Mayor Cllr Shirley Matthews, Colin and Elizabeth Mason (owners) ANL-140811-123253009

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An old tobacco shop in Swaffham has been given a new lease of life after an Oxburgh couple came out of retirement to give it a makeover and a new purpose.

The building dates back to the 16th century and after standing empty for three years, Colin and Elizabeth Mason are using it for their latest venture.

Although the Tobacco Shop name will remain on the building, it will now be called The Arts Lounge. The couple said: “It will be a place where artisans can hire a space to exhibit and sell their creations, whether it is paintings, sculpture, photography, woodturning, glass, sketching, ceramics or pottery and the gallery is already open to the public.

“Situated next to Swaffham Assembly Rooms on the Market Place, we anticipate that with so many artisans in West Norfolk, this golden opportunity for artisans to get their work noticed and will prove a big success.”

To find out more email theartsloungeuk@gmail.com

Pictured at the opening of The Arts Lounge, from left, Swaffham Mayor Cllr Shirley Matthews with owners Colin and Elizabeth Mason.

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