After a minor delay the doors to the newly refurbished Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre at Brighton Dome have been flung open with a vibrant new exhibition.

Entering the Van Gogh Alive experience I was first led down a mirrored corridor lit by twinkling fairy lights and decorated with the swirling colours of the Dutch artist’s Starry Night sky.

The Argus: Starry Night tunnel at Van Gogh AliveStarry Night tunnel at Van Gogh Alive (Image: Brighton Dome)

The main room was full from floor to ceiling with animated screens displaying the prolific portfolio of the Impressionist.

On a 45-minute loop, the changing pictures were accompanied by calming music and visitors of all ages, including babies, sat and watched the transitioning pieces of work.

The Argus: People of all ages enjoyed the experiencePeople of all ages enjoyed the experience (Image: The Argus)

Upstairs, a room full of sunflowers was reflected from all angles by ceiling mirrors and the space offered a great place for people to take pictures.

In the corner, a replica of Van Gogh’s room was arranged as well as artwork by Brighton’s Pauly the Painter of the city’s landmarks in the style of Van Gogh.

People could also have a go at painting with a number of easels set up for keen artists.

The Argus: Van Gogh Alive offers people a chance to experience the artist's work in a different wayVan Gogh Alive offers people a chance to experience the artist's work in a different way (Image: The Argus)

The opening of the immersive exhibition, which will be at the Dome until September, marks the completion of years of complex refurbishment to the historic buildings.

Delays over work on the building’s safety meant the opening was pushed back from May 12 to May 20.

But chief executive of Brighton Dome Andrew Comben said the issues have now been resolved and spoke of his delight at people enjoying the spaces once again after years of closure.

The Argus: The exhibition's sunflower roomThe exhibition's sunflower room (Image: The Argus)

"We've been dreaming about this for many years," he said.

"To see the space up and running and working is a great thing.

"To reopen with Van Gogh Alive felt perfect."

Mr Comben said more than 5,000 visited the rooms during the experience's first weekend and expects around 100,000 people over the next few months.

The “multi-sensory” installation has so far visited more than 90 cities across the world.

"We've had great feedback," he said.

"People have come from all over the world and say they have been balled over.

"We have a few final details to complete.

"It's been a complex project with hundreds of contractors and we are very grateful to everyone who got it open."

Mr Comben said the space will be used as a performance space and said he is looking forward to an autumn programme full of art, music and theatre.

Greg Talbot, head of events at Active Entertainment, the UK presenters of Van Gogh Alive, said Brighton had been its quickest selling location for the exhibition and said there are plans in the works to bring another show centred around a new artist to the city.

"We would love to come back to Brighton," he said.

"There are aldready plans  in th eworks to come back with a second tour."