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Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum will reopen on October 5 following the completion of its new £6 million building.

Four new floors will house a gallery dedicated to its extensive fine art collection, space to discover more about local heroes, including Edward Wilson, an arts and crafts gallery showing the world-renowned designated collection, and two temporary exhibition galleries – for showing national and international touring shows, special highlights from the collections and fun shows for families.

The redevelopment will also become the new home for the town’s tourism services – with the re-location of Cheltenham’s Tourist Information Centre to the Art Gallery & Museum – including the opening of a new ground floor café-bistro.

The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen will also have a new shop, called the Guild at 51, selling contemporary crafts. And the Art Gallery & Museum will be working with the University of Gloucestershire, in co-hosting national touring shows in the new galleries.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk

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