New Long Melford gallery opens with a Banksy

New Gallery in Long Melford - Walton and Bovill  Pictured: Owner Stephen Walton ANL-140922-195250009

New Gallery in Long Melford - Walton and Bovill Pictured: Owner Stephen Walton ANL-140922-195250009

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The owner of a new art gallery is hoping Long Melford will provide the perfect location for his business, and is starting with a bang by displaying an £11,000 work of art.

Walton and Bovill Fine Art opened in Hall Street this week and has a piece by graffiti artist Banksy as its centre piece.

Stephen Walton, who co-owns the gallery with Giles Bovill, said they chose Long Melford because of the other galleries in the village and the increasingly strong art scene.

The pair decided against a move to Bury St Edmunds in favour of the historic Stour Valley location.

Visitors have responded well to the gallery’s non-exclusive style, which sees water colours sharing wall space with Banksy prints, internationally known artists and rising stars.

“People have been really complimentary,” said Mr Walton. “They get what we are doing and are really responding to the big names.”

From November, the gallery will hold a six-month exhibition dedicated to Daphne Reynolds, a founder member of Gainsborough’s House.