A new art exhibition, that has been years in the making, has opened in Bury with paintings that have never been on public display before.

Art of War has officially opened in The Fusilier Museum and has been dubbed as a 'must see for any art or military history enthusiast'.

It explores how art and artists have played an ‘Integral part’ in helping us understand both war and peace.

It includes paintings on loan to the museum by artist Edmund Van Someren who was a Lancashire Fusilier.

Edmund went on to become a renowned artist and two of his paintings are on loan from the National Army Museum in London and the remaining painting ‘The Pilgrim’ from Rotherham Heritage Services.

Colonel Brian Gorski, Chairman of The Fusilier Museum said: “ This exhibition has been many years in the making, but we are delighted to finally be able to bring it to life and share the fascinating stories with visitors old and new.

"It really is a must see for any art or military history enthusiast as some of these paintings have never been on public display before.

"Finally huge thanks to Arts Council England for funding this very special exhibition and for ensuring our dream became a reality. ”

Other artists in the exhibition include Terrance Cuneo who became known as the mouse man in the 1950’s when he began including mice discreetly in his paintings.

More modern-day military artists like David Rowlands, whose first commission was for the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1983, are also featured.

David went on to complete over 100 days on operational experience with the British Army in Northern Ireland, the Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo and most recently Afghanistan and Iraq.

He also painted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1987 and presented her with his painting of Zero Alpha-Airstrip secure for her Golden Jubilee in 2005.

David features in a special film produced exclusively for the exhibition.

Art of War is open to the general public and entry to the exhibition is included in standard admission fees.

As part of the project the museum will also be hosting family craft sessions during February half term and a collaborative arts programme with a local artist for community groups and the general public to get involved with.

Dates and sessions can be found on the website.

The Arts Council England has provided funding for the exhibition and aided in making the museums concept a reality.