A FORMER aquarium boss has launched a revamped art gallery in Windermere.

Leisure industry veteran Matthew Titherington, former boss of Sea Life Blackpool, credits a ‘life shift’ as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic to his rekindled love of art.

Along with wife Dawn, he has taken over Windermere Fine Art Gallery in the picturesque Lake District town – and given it a complete make-over by hand during the periods of lockdown.

Matthew said: “Lockdown gave us all a chance to reflect, learn new skills and revisit hobbies.

“I decided it was time to follow my passion for art combined with my love of the Lake District. I saw lots of people re-engaging with their hobbies, dreams and creativity.

“We plan to put on regular exhibitions, bringing a variety of artists to the Lake District and showcasing the very best of British contemporary art.

Taking over from retiring owner Bill Dines, who had run the well-known gallery for 16 years, the couple have refurbished the established setting and also opened a new second exhibition gallery in Beech Street.

It is showcasing the best of British contemporary artists, including those normally represented by London galleries, such as Haidee Jo Summers, Rob Poynton, Andrew Farmer, Michael Ashcroft, Steven Smith, and Norman Long. They include members of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.