TWO new exhibitions are now on at the Keighley Creative Gallery.

Let’s Think about Something Else sees two shows being staged simultaneously within the Covid-secure premises, in Hanover Street.

One of the exhibitions is showcasing the results of the hugely-successful Drawing Box Project, a summer initiative staged by Keighley Creative which helped people learn about drawing.

As part of the venture, funded by Arts Council England, 500 boxes of art materials were distributed to people across the area.

And live drawing demonstrations were given from the windows of Keighley Creative, which is based in the former Sunwin House store.

Work produced during the project is now on display.

“We encouraged people to unleash their creative passions and share their work via social media in order to connect with others at a time when it was needed the most,” said a spokesman.

“It enabled the people of Keighley to express their artistic talents and share stories about the objects in their home that they hold dear.

“From teapots to toys, these everyday objects help us explore our connective consciousness and share experiences in ways which highlight and affirm our strong community spirit.”

The other exhibition features the work of Martin Hearne.

His ink drawings and paintings capture the area’s people and places.

The spokesman added: “Martin’s work explores the multi-faceted nature of our community here in Keighley and the wider Bradford area.

“It looks at our multi-cultural district in all its different guises by setting a changing modern world against an urban/industrial landscape. Like the Drawing Box Project, the exhibition explores what connects us and tells the story of the individual as part of a wider body.

“This is a chance for people to come along and safely enjoy two fantastic new exhibitions and – as the name of the show suggests – have a moment’s respite from the overwhelming onslaught of Covid updates and bleak news.”

The gallery is open from 11am to 3pm Saturdays and Mondays and the show runs until October 17. Visitors are asked to wear a face covering.