WILLIAM & Victoria's restaurant and wine bar in Harrogate is teaming up with paper-cut artist Anita Bowerman, whose work goes on permanent display at the newly refurbished, long-running establishment in Cold Bath Road this week.

The exhibition will be opened officially on Wednesday, from when diners can enjoy and buy work by the Official Artist of the Tour de Yorkshire 2015.

Anita's centrepiece will be her new depiction of the restaurant exterior. On show too will be intricate maps of Harrogate, York and Ilkley that she cut initially from one piece of paper, plus a map showing the Tour de France Grand Depart route from Yorkshire in 2014. Other paper-cut pictures of different subjects will be dotted around the restaurant as well.

A metre-long laser-cut map of central Harrogate will greet those who head upstairs, depicting the spa and conference town’s historical buildings, landmarks and attractions, runners on the Stray and people relaxing in the Valley Gardens.

Anita found her niche when creating her first map of Harrogate, which took her 70 hours to hand-cut as she discovered that she loved creating little scenes within a map, seeing how small she could cut out each detail.

The original was snapped up by an American buyer and Anita duly set to work on more maps at her Dove Tree Studio, in Back Granville Road, behind Cheltenham Parade, near Harrogate Theatre.

Now William & Victoria has joined the list of enthusiasts. “Anita’s stunning work is a welcome addition to the restaurant," says co-owner David Straker, whose family has run the the W&V since 1982. "It adds colour and vibrancy to our refurbishment and is a very apt reminder of the Yorkshire spirit that we all experienced throughout the Grand Depart and the Tour de Yorkshire.”

The refurbishment has enhanced the downstairs wine bar, now with the benefit of an internal staircase leading to a more spacious dining area and bar upstairs.

“I'm thrilled to have my artwork on the walls of William & Victoria, such a well established restaurant that everyone knows and loves," says Anita. "The decor perfectly lends itself to my work and there's a synergy between us. The new paper cut shows the outside of the building complete with people, shutters, a bird and tiny flower pot, which took me 30 hours altogether to create."

W&V co-owner Jo Straker says of Anita's work: "It's incredibly detailed and I love her intricate local maps. We're now lucky enough to have our very own original cut-out of W&V. It's been a pleasure working with Anita; we're delighted with the results and hope customers will enjoy the new artwork.”

Each original work takes Anita hours to create from one piece of paper, using a tiny scalpel, a pencil, rubber and ruler. Her map of Grand Depart Stage 1 of the Tour de France, for example, took her six months, including 200 hours of cutting out.

Giclee prints and laser cuts of her work are available too and more details can be found at anitabowerman.co.uk