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OFF THE PRESS - Opens 15th March

Caravan Fragments by Rob Chapman (above)

Our next exhibition 'Off the Press' opens on 15th March from 11-5pm.
After some thought I have decided to change the format of the shows opening and most curated shows will now open, to the general public, on a Sunday from 11-5pm.

FT features Derby

The Financial Times, which has a global audience of over 1m readers, has today included an eight-page Special Report - a 'Business Guide to Derby'.

Bondholder releases Coronavirus test

Derby-based rapid diagnostics, and laboratory screening company Bondholder SureScreen Diagnostics, has launched a rapid test for the Coronavirus.

The product is easy to use - needing only finger prick capillary blood to function - and provides a result in 10 minutes, a significant improvement compared to laboratory testing methods currently being employed.

Shining a light on Derby

Bondholder intu Derby has brought together colour psychologists, light artists and designers to help boost the mood and wellbeing of its shoppers, by creating 'The Light House Experience'.

A study conducted by intu shows yellow makes us happiest, with blue and green helping to ease anxiety, and this has been transposed into three glowing 'light houses' launched in Derby on 24th February, which will visit 12 other intu centres around the UK.

City election cycle

Residents and businesses of Derby are being asked by Bondholder Derby City Council to give their opinions on how the city runs its local elections.

A consultation is underway to consider moving from the current ‘Elections by Thirds’ model, where elections are held three times in every four years, to the 'Whole Council Elections’ model, with an election held once every four years.

Derby Conference Centre leading the way with 2020 zero landfill plan

Having partnered with award-winning waste management company ACM Environmental, The Derby Conference Centre has put an ambitious plan in action to reach a 0% landfill goal by the end of this year.

At a time when many companies are still in the early stages of reviewing their environmental impact, this unique and versatile Derby venue is already tackling the issue head on and making real changes in its day-to-day operation.

AFRESH: paintings by Rex Preston at gallerytop

Our new exhibition AFRESH opens on 14 March and includes a group of paintings by Rex Preston.


Rex Preston has been painting the British landscape for many years, developing a highly individual vision of iconic locations including Cornwall and the Lake District, but particularly the Derbyshire Peak District. He has achieved a national reputation for his paintings: