A group of artists in the Leighton area have turned to the internet to display their work after a local gallery was forced to close.

Luton Today reports the b Gallery in Toddington's Market Square shut its doors in December due to declining visitor numbers and increased overheads, leaving artists with nowhere to showcase their pieces.

However, the facility has been reborn in the virtual world, which partners Melanie Burnell and Julie Boyle said is indicative of changing times.

"As times change so must we … our vision is still as strong today as it was the day we opened the centre," the pair said, adding that although they have lost the heritage of the gallery, the future for the business looks bright due to the opportunities available to them in cyberspace.

They added the website has seen over 250,000 page views and rising sales month-on-month which proves that heading online is the way forward for the art world.

Recently, it was revealed by IMRG that consumers in the UK spent £6 billion online in January, an increase of 16 per cent from the same month in 2011.

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