The Harley Gallery

The Harley Gallery
Welbeck
Worksop
Nottinghamshire
S80 3LW
England

Website

www.harleygallery.co.uk

E-mail

info@harleygallery.co.uk

Telephone

01909 501700

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A view of The Harley Gallery, looking across the courtyard.
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Welcome to The Harley Gallery, where old and new come together.

The Harley Gallery is home to the historic Portland Collection of fine and decorative art. Displays from this internationally significant collection are accompanied by exhibitions from leading contemporary artists.

Additional attractions include events, ranging from tours of the State Rooms at Welbeck Abbey to meeting craftspeople at the Open Studios, a café serving homemade meals and snacks, shop specialising in contemporary crafts, and children’s’ activity area.

Situated on the picturesque Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire, The Harley Gallery is easily reached from the A1 and M1.

Free entry. Free parking.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1000-1630

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

Situated on the picturesque Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire, The Harley Gallery is easily reached from the A1 and M1.

The treasury gallery is the only venue displaying the private Portland Collection. Displays are rotated annually and include silverware, miniature painting, porcelain, textiles, jewellery and illustrated books.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Photography

Key artists and exhibits

  • A changing programme of five exhibition per year including contemporary craft, fine art and photography
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Tapestry made from feathers and embroidery, c. 1720 Nicholas Le Normand

Edward Harley: The Great Collector

  • 25 May — 31 December 2014 *on now

An exhibition from the historic Portland Collection exploring the life and family of one of Britain’s greatest collectors, the 2nd Earl of Oxford.
From opulence and obsession to debt and despair, new exhibition Edward Harley: The Great Collector follows the fortunes of the 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741). Showing at The Harley Gallery from 25 May 2013, this exhibition explores Edward Harley’s background, family and marriage through his spectacular collections of fine and decorative art and books.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event.php?pg_id=3&ev_id=612

A Horse for Leonardo, made by Kevin Coates. Brooch in wall mount.

A Bestiary of Jewels

  • 20 August — 19 October 2014 *on now

Dr. Kevin Coates is a leading artist-goldsmith and sculptor who creates extraordinary jewellery in gold, precious stones, shells, and other unusual materials.

He is internationally renowned, and has work in collections across the world including the Smithsonian Institute New York, British Museum and National Museums for Scotland.

A poetic elaboration on the medieval encyclopedias known as ‘bestiaries’ Coates has created his own bestiary with a piece of jewellery mounted on an illustrated mount or ‘page’. Medieval bestiaries were illustrated books that described animals both physically and symbolically and often included myths, animal lore, and moral lessons.

Produced by Ruthin Craft Centre in association with the Ashmolean Museum

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/bestiary-jewels/

'Blue' by Claire Curneen, 49 x 15cm, 2013

To This I Put My Name

  • 20 August — 19 October 2014 *on now

The figures in To This I Put My Name are in turn serene and violent, beautiful and raw.

Drawing from religious iconography and Curneen’s study of art history at the National Museum of Ireland, these figures are the characters of myth and legend. Angels and saints are decorated with rich glazes or deep smudges of inky colour, reminiscent perhaps of fine porcelaine. Other figures are left unglazed and unadorned; like reimagined figures from Ancient Greek vases.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/put-name/

A portrait of Geoffrey Preston in the studio, in front of his plasterwork.

A Symphony of Curves

  • 1 November — 24 December 2014

Geoffrey Preston is one of the UK’s leading architectural sculptors, specialising in sculpture and decorative plasterwork and in particular the art of stucco. He has been at the helm of many award-winning projects and this exhibition ‘A Symphony of Curves: Geoffrey Preston - a tradition in plaster’ highlights his work.

The exhibition includes a range of Geoffrey Preston's work, from small, beautifully modelled relief panels, to a wildly exuberant new Rococo ceiling. Design drawings and photographs of some of his principal commissions are also on display.

Geoffrey Preston : Meet the Artist
Saturday 1st November, 1-3pm, FREE entry.
Join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition and meet the artist, Geoffrey Preston.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/symphony-curves-geoffrey-preston/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A child drawing onto a large sheet of paper laid on the floor.

The Big Draw with Hands-on-Holidays

  • 28 — 30 October 2014

Join us for The Big Draw and help us to decorate our ‘Family Collection’ themed banners.

We would like you to make drawings of your family treasures; whether your grandma’s china tea cups or quirky family facial features.

Doodle over the walls and floors to add to our large scale collaborative drawing, which will be transformed into banners to decorate the Christmas Market.

These drawings will celebrate your family collections, and will be shown next to the site of our new gallery. The new gallery will show work from Welbeck’s historic art collection, which has been built up by the family at Welbeck over the centuries.

"I think what’s interesting about a family collection is that taste of a particular family, how that’s changed through the ages, adding to it. We all do it! We inherit things from Granny or Grandpa, we put them on our shelves, then we want to add things in complement to it. This [new gallery] is just that, but on a grand scale."

Fiona Mitchell-Innes

No need to book – just drop in.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/big-draw/

Portarit of Geoffrey in the Studio

Geoffrey Preston : Meet the Artist

  • 1 November 2014 1-3pm

Geoffrey Preston : Meet the Artist
Saturday 1st November, 1-3pm, FREE entry.
Join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition and meet the artist, Geoffrey Preston.

Geoffrey Preston is one of the UK’s leading architectural sculptors, specialising in sculpture and decorative plasterwork and in particular the art of stucco. He has been at the helm of many award-winning projects and this exhibition ‘A Symphony of Curves: Geoffrey Preston - a tradition in plaster’ highlights his work.
The exhibition includes a range of Geoffrey Preston's work, from small, beautifully modelled relief panels, to a wildly exuberant new Rococo ceiling. Design drawings and photographs of some of his principal commissions are also on display.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/symphony-curves-geoffrey-preston/

A Christmas cake decorated by Christina Ludlam using sugarcraft skills.

Sugarcraft Workshop

  • 15 November 2014 10am-5pm

Join specialist sugarcraft tutor Christina Ludlam for a one-off workshop and create your own Christmas cake masterpiece inspired by Geoffrey Preston’s exhibition A Symphony of Curves.
Starting with the flawless fondant covering, you will learn a variety of sugarcraft techniques and use a collection of moulds inspired by the decorative details displayed in A Symphony of Curves.
You will create a selection of decorations, including handmade sugar flowers, leaves and berries, before completing your design with piped royal icing borders and fine detail.
Christina Ludlam has established herself as a true expert in her field. Having over 25 years’ experience producing edible works of art, including the sugar-work for Artist, Jane Wildgoose’s, ‘Life is Very Sweet’ exhibition at The Harley Gallery.
A 6 inch rich fruit cake is provided. Alternatively you may like to bring your own marzipan covered Christmas cake.
Booking is essential as places are limited. Call 01909 501 700 or email shop@harleygallery.co.uk to book your place.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£100 per person – lunch and refreshments included

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/sugarcraft-workshop/

A visitor browsing a stall at the Harley Art Market

The Christmas Art & Food Market and Harley Open Studios

  • 28 November 2014 1-4pm
  • 29 November 2014 10am-5pm
  • 30 November 2014 10am-4pm

The annual Christmas Art and Food Market and Harley Open Studios brings over 50 art, craft and food stalls to the historic Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire this November.
Taking place from 28 - 30 November 2014, this free entry event brings you the best in handmade products, from real ales to jewellery. It’s a great place to pick up unusual, great quality gifts.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/christmas-art-food-market/

Getting there

Situated on the picturesque Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire, The Harley Gallery is easily reached from the A1 and M1.

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