A gallery is celebrating its first birthday on Valentine’s Day and is marking the event by raising money for charity.

Bils & Rye gallery owners Nick and Kate Bentley are also holding an exhibition of heart-themed artworks to celebrate the event.

Kate said: “We have some beautiful ceramic hearts by Karen Banks, Brittany Delany and Louise Hall, as well as some amazing heart books by Rosy Hammersley and pewter hearts by Ella McIntosh.

“During the month of February we will be donating all commission from the sale of these and other heart-themed works to the charity Ryedale Special Families, which does amazing work in our local community.”

Work by street artist Scar is also for sale in the gallery and the proceeds will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Nick said: “It has been an exciting year, in which the gallery has built a strong reputation for exhibiting a wide range of contemporary sculpture, ceramics and paintings. We’ve attracted the attention of some serious art lovers and collectors and we’re looking forward to introducing our audiences to the exhibitions we have planned for the next year.”

The gallery is based at Nunnington Studios, Low Street, Nunnington.