Derby's Joseph Wright gallery shuts for revamp

An art gallery at a Derby museum is closing for four months as a refurbishment gets under way.

The Joseph Wright Gallery, operated by Derby City Council, will be redecorated and some paintings will be cleaned during the £150,000 revamp.

The gallery, which first opened in 1882, features paintings by 18th Century Derby artist Joseph Wright.

A Derby City Council spokesman said the gallery is expected to reopen on 25 February next year.

Wright was renowned for his paintings on scientific and industrial themes but also painted landscapes, portraits and subjects from literature and contemporary history.

"These refurbishments will improve the gallery's excellent reputation within the community and its role as a local and regional art gallery," David Potton, head of museums and libraries, said.

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