Work by more than two dozen artists is on display in the windows of an Old Town pub that has been shut during lockdown.

Artist Kate Parsons had the idea of putting up works of art in The Little Hop on Devizes Road, which has been shut since March.

And landlord Jason Putt, who also owns the main Hop pub just two doors down the road, agreed to the idea. He said: “We’re not using the space for what it’s intended for. Even if it just follies the place up it’s worth it.”

In total, 26 artists have put forward 65 pieces of art for the temporary exhibition, which is expected to last into September.

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Jason Putt, landlord of The Little Hop

The artworks are predominantly paintings and mixed media pieces, with amateur and professional artists represented. All the pieces on display are also up for sale.

Ms Parsons said: “There’s not that many places in Swindon that showcase local artists. So, while there’s space available why not? The idea is for it to be an emporium of treasures.”

Drinkers in The Hop will be used to seeing art on the walls. Mr Putt said: “I might have many talents but art isn’t one. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body. I like to see it and I like to encourage local talent as well – and there’s plenty of it.”

The exhibition can be seen in the windows of The Little Hop, 7 Devizes Road, Old Town.