HUMIDITY problems have led to the temporary closure of an art gallery at one of the region’s oldest museums.

But curators hope to have the “unforeseen circumstances”, which have beset the gallery at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, resolved in able to open the art viewing space during the school half-term week, from October 22 to 26.

Among the affected displays are Julie Cope’s Grand Tour, The Story of a Life, by Grayson Perry, a collection of works by LS Lowry and a Contemporary Glass exhibition in the Victorian Gallery.

Some have been moved to protect them from the damp conditions.

Apologising for the inconvenience, a city council spokesman said work is now underway in the hope of allowing the reopening of the gallery as soon as possible.