Dealer's home to be converted into art gallery

An Accrington industrial unit used by a catering equipment dealer could become an art gallery and pizza restaurant under proposals by the company’s owner.

Ian Williams, founder of Williams Catering Equipment, wants to set up W11 Art Gallery and Restaurant at the site on the edge of Clayton-Le-Moors.

The building was formerly home to the catering equipment firm, which sold and repaired commercial catering goods.

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The proposals would see around 100 square metres of the site transformed into a 50-cover restaurant.

Williams said he had taken the gallery on in semi-retirement because he believed the area was lacking more arts venues.

The 60-year-old told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Painting has been a passion of mine for 30 years. I have around 500 paintings but I’ve only ever sold 18 of them.

“I still run the catering firm but I sold off a lot of stock and we’re only using a small part of the unit. People keep asking me, ‘Will you do me a painting?’ so I thought I’d go for it.”

If the venture is approved by the local council, the gallery and restaurant will also host painting and cookery workshops for youngsters.

Williams added: “The gallery we are ready to get up and running so we are just waiting on approval for the food side of things. It will purely be pizzas that are served and we hope to be open by mid-November.”

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