AN up-and-coming artist is opening her first gallery in Lincoln.
Rosie Ablewhite, a graduate from the University of Lincoln, is opening Lincoln Art Works in West Parade.
The sale of the gallery was overseen by Lincoln-based Langleys Solicitors LLP.
Realising her life-long ambition, Rosie said: "I'm so excited to be opening my own gallery in Lincoln and I'm so grateful to those who have supported me to the point that I can see my dreams coming true.
"After graduating from university with a degree in fine art, I wanted to use my passion to create a career. After exhibiting in the gallery I fell in love with the space and I'm really pleased that now I have a gallery I can call my own."
She added: "I was inspired to have a gallery of my own by being part of a Damien Hirst art work in the Tate Modern with my twin sister Sarah as part of his "Pop Life – Art in a Material World" exhibition.
Rosie's parents have helped her to buy the gallery. Rosie's mother, Di Ablewhite, said: "It's been fantastic being able to help our daughter realise her dream. She has loved art all her life and has drawn since she was old enough to hold a pencil!
"The plans for the business are to try to promote a selection of differing styles and prices of art by both established and new artists, and for Rosie to develop her skills as a commercial artist and build that side of the business."
The gallery will display different styles of art by local artists and offer exhibition space for hire on a weekly basis, as well as the more permanent pieces for sale. The gallery will also sell prints, cards and small gifts.
Peter Horner, partner and head of Real Estate at Langleys Solicitors LLP in Lincoln, said: "Helping someone realise their dream is always a positive side for us and it's great to see the artist community in Lincoln thriving, and that young artists like Rosie will have the opportunity to showcase their art in some of Lincoln's prime commercial space."