The Upper Settle phone box is now a gallery dedicated to the postcard
What is thought to be the smallest gallery in the world has opened in an old fashioned red telephone box in the North Yorkshire town of Settle.
The phone box was purchased by Settle Town Council in early 2009 under the BT 'Adopt a Kiosk' scheme. The phone was removed and the council were free to use the kiosk as they chose.
A group of local residents, along with Cultivating Settle, which aims to promote and enhance the environment and quality of life in the town, decided to create an art gallery dedicated to the art of the postcard.
Volunteers set to work refurbishing the telephone box and turned it into The Gallery on the Green.
In his role as curator of the gallery, photographic history expert, Professor Roger Taylor, who lives near the telephone box/gallery said:
"Contributions are welcomed from members of the public and must be no larger than a postcard.
"In the opening exhibition we have postcards from local artists and schoolchildren as well as examples by more renowned figures such as Ansel Adams, Paul Hill, Samuel Palmer and Toulouse Lautrec.
Contributions are welcomed and must be no larger than a postcard
"We are very excited to see such a creative use of the phone box and it's great to have a bit of fun as well as involve the wider community in a contemporary art and photography project."
The Upper Settle phone box is of the K6 type and was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 to commemorate George V's Silver Jubilee.
The Gallery on the Green is not the only art gallery in a building designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. He also designed Bankside Power Station, now Tate Modern.