A DREAM has come true for a Shoreham Beach artist with the opening of a new gallery.
Siobhan Jones, who specialises in designer glass, had searched all over the area before finding her ‘hidden gem’.
The 39-year-old moved from Basingstoke to Providence Way with her partner Danny Spiers and their three children last year.
She began her search for a workshop, including space for her kiln, and finally found the perfect site in Worthing, at an old forge.
She said: “I had looked everywhere, at industrial sites and old factories but nothing was quite right.
“We were looking for a shop in the town centre, then this came up.
“It has not been used as a forge for the best part of ten years, so we have brought it back to life.
“We fell in love with the place as soon as we saw it. This is more than we could have asked for, it is an absolute gem so it really was a wow moment.”
The Forge Gallery, which opened last week, boasts a unique collection of art, including silver, jewellery, ceramics and paintings.
Artists featured include Katherine Matthews from Shoreham Beach and Karin Hay-White, who has a studio at West Street Loft in Shoreham town centre.
Located next the The Swan pub, in High Street, the gallery is set over three areas and spans two floors.
Siobhan added: “Ultimately this has come about because I needed a workshop and the rest has developed from there.”
The gallery, which will also offer training workshops, will be officially opened by Worthing mayor Bob Smytherman on October 18.