A DATE has been set for the relaunch of Wellington’s Talent Gallery.

The popular showcase for local artists had been set to close - until one of the exhibitors stepped up to take over the premises.

Now local artist Nina King has announced the gallery will officially relaunch on Saturday, June 8.

Ms King stepped in after the previous curator, Nicholas Cole, announced he was going into semi-retirement, and closing the business.

She said: “I feel very excited by the challenge of this new venture and have received a very positive response from the people of Wellington.”

Ms King will be the resident artist at the gallery and her studio will be open to the public. The gallery will also host up to half-a-dozen guest artists who will put on exhibitions throughout the year.

Ms King said she would be holding an ‘open call exhibition’ to offer a platform to artists who hadn’t exhibited in the gallery before.

It comes after Mr Cole, known as Nico locally, announced in March the gallery would close down. The Dulverton-based designer said while he wasn’t ready to “put his feet up” it was time for him to take a step back. When Ms King approached him with the idea of keeping the gallery doors open, he said he was “delighted.”

He added it might not be the last locals see of him as he intends to continue to run his framing business from the gallery.