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VAO 2021 - Artist Application Closing Soon

Artists applications closing midnight Tuesday 15th December  -  Join the 5th Visual Art Open Competition.   Apply Now

All UK & International artists are invited to apply for the Visual Art Open Prize 2021. Presented by the Visual Artists Association, the prestigious VAO 2021 Prize is now celebrating its fifth edition and offers an £8,000 Prize Fund.

St John Street Gallery is open!

Festive Cheer!

How about giving the gift of art for Christmas? We have wonderful original paintings, limited edition prints and beautiful sculptures and ceramics that will make the ideal Christmas present.

There are special prices on selected items, and if you buy a print for over £50, you can get a second one at 10% discount!

You will also support local artists and local business - spread the festive cheer!


Hubbub Club: Winter Wonderland

Hubbub Club: Winter Wonderland​ - 7-9pm | Friday 11 December

Join our fun winter party, hosted by Hubbub Theatre Company with DJ Omar and special guest performances.
Come and have a dance and enjoy some Hubbub warmth and fun!
Please invite family, friends and carers to join you.

Email for the Zoom link for Hubbub Club Winter Wonderland.

Christmas is Coming at the Barn...

The Barn might currently remain closed to the public, but that's not stopped us getting trimmed up for Christmas!

A big thank you must go to the volunteers who helped us to set up the lights - as we're sure you'll agree from the photos, it was certainly worth the effort.

'A Natural Christmas' at gallerytop

As the lockdown ends tomorrow, you can visit the gallery and see our festive exhibition 'A Natural Christmas'. Work has been online since the middle of November but from tomorrow it's possible for you to visit the gallery and see the work in the flesh.

Our opening times are Wednesday to Saturday from 10.00 until 5.00 and on Sundays from 11.00 until 4.00.

Give a Gift this Christmas

Treat someone special and support the work of Derby Museums with these unique gift ideas.

Join the Derby Museums Friends:

Joining the Friends is a great way to support Derby Museums. The Friends enjoy a range of benefits: an exclusive events programme, free entry to special Friends' talks, 10% discount at our shops and cafés and a Friends' e-newsletter. Prices start from £10.

Find out more.

Dave Butcher Black and White Photographs - News December 2020

What a year 2020 has been so far and we hope you are all keeping well despite the virus risk and all of the restrictions.

The year started as normal when we went skiing to Schladming, Austria in January, then followed a week in the Lake District walking the hills and taking photos in February, then from early March the world became a different place. Covid-19 arrived and we had to cancel and make refunds for all of the photography courses and darkroom workshops booked through the year. I also cancelled all of my lectures through to April 2021.

Cromford Mills: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas returns to Cromford with festive markets and activities throughout December. We are looking forward to closing 2020 on a high note; bringing a sprinkle of Christmas Magic to the Mill Yard.

The New Year will see a whole flurry of celebrations taking place: 

- 250 years since Sir Richard Arkwright established his first factory in Cromford, 
- 50 years since the Arkwright Society was formed and
- 20 years since the Derwent Valley Mills were inscribed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.


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