The Harley Gallery

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck
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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.

Free entry. Free parking.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 10.00-16.00

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.
The 5th Duke of Portland

Hidden From View: The 5th Duke of Portland’s Art Collection

  • 31 March — 30 September 2017 *on now

This new display for the Miniatures Octagon in The Portland Collection has been curated by Vanessa Remington, Senior Curator at The Royal Collection.

The 5th Duke of Portland was one of a trio of major 19th century British collectors in this field, and Remington describes The Portland Collection’s miniatures as “probably second only to the Royal Collection”.

The display reveals a man very different from his public persona. Despite his reputation as a recluse who avoided the outside world, Remington’s research shows a Duke who was nevertheless fascinated by youth, beauty, celebrities and high society.

Amongst the exhibits are miniature portraits of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis XV, King of France and the famous soprano, Adelaide Kemble, the Duke’s unrequited love. A series of pastel paintings of the opera singer, which he commissioned, will also be on show.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/hidden-view-5th-duke-portlands-art-collection/

Olivier Marc Thomas Leger. Credit Ashwa Faheem

Whale Wails and Waves

  • 24 June — 20 August 2017 *on now

"This planet is home to a wonderful variety of living organisms that are each individual in their biology and behaviour. They form large webs of connections amongst one another in ecosystems that are vast and complex. From whale migrations that encompass the entire globe, to ants that scurry along the forest floor. We are all witness to the beauty of life on Earth. Earth, the tiny little planet that we inhabit somewhere in the unfathomable depths of the universe."


The drawings are made using fine liner pens (0.03 – 0.8mm). The animals are imagined as living planets or landmasses, with their own landscapes and ecosystems.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/whale-wails-waves/

The Harley Open Exhibition

The Harley Open Exhibition

  • 24 June — 20 August 2017 *on now

For The Open Exhibition, The Harley Gallery invites artists from far and wide, whether professional or amateur, to enter their work for exhibition.

Director of The Harley Gallery, Lisa Gee explained:

“The Harley Open gives us an exciting insight into what Britain’s artists are making now. We love getting entries from established artists but it’s just as important to us to see work by people who are just starting out, or maybe haven’t shown their work in a gallery very much before. We get entries that are serious or funny, detailed or abstract, traditional or really wacky! It’s the diversity that makes the Open so successful, it gets a lot of visitors and we are able to sell many of the entries for our artists”

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/the-harley-open/

Luminous photography of entomological specimens by Göran Liljeberg.

Under the Microscope

  • 2 September — 22 October 2017

"Behind my images are a great passion for butterflies and other insects and many years of dedication to photography. Many of the photos have been used as illustrations in a variety of books but are now mainly used as art in home and public decor. The insects that are used are mostly borrowed from the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, from my entomology friends who are collectors and some of the insects are from my own collection."


For the first time ever, an English exhibition of these extraordinary, vivid and detailed photographs.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/under-the-microscope/

Expecting to Fly - Michael Brennand-Wood

Between Thought and Expression - Michael Brennand-Wood

  • 2 September — 22 October 2017

One of the UK’s undisputed leaders in textile art returns to Welbeck, more than 10 years since his last exhibition. A series of new pieces will be accompanied by commentaries from writers, critics and artists – all offering new perspectives on his work.

Michael Brennand-Wood’s work bridges the gap between art and craft practices and has earned international acclaim. He regularly shows at international art fairs and has works in collections including the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Victoria & Albert Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (Aus) and Akzo-Nobel Art Foundation, Holland.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibitions/

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.
Welbeck Winter Weekend – Arts Stalls Call for Applications

Call for Applications - Welbeck Winter Weekend Arts Stalls

  • 22 February — 3 July 2017 *on now

Our annual winter event returns for it’s 17th year, celebrating all things hand-made.

The event will feature:

A heated marquee with 50+ stalls featuring artists and makers
The Harley Artist Studios open to the public
20+ stalls featuring regional artisan food producers
Exhibitions at The Harley Gallery and locally produced food at The Welbeck Farm Shop
Recently opened gallery dedicated to the display of fine and decorative arts from The Portland Collection, which has attracted major national press coverage
Activities for families in the Harley Ceramic Studio
Stalls cost between £220 and £330 depending on your requirements.
Free entry, free car parking

Applications close on 3 July 2017.

Selection will take place on 10 July 2017, and you will be notified of the outcome of your application by 17th July.

If you require any further information, please contact Matthew Collins, 01909 501 700 or by email matthew.collins@harleygallery.co.uk.

Admission

Stalls cost between £220 and £330 depending on your requirements.

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/welbeck-winter-weekend-arts-stalls/

Paint a Pot Thursdays at The Harley Gallery

Paint a Pot Thursdays

  • 23 February — 21 December 2017 *on now

Get creative with your paint brush and decorate a gift for someone special. Choose from our wide selection of ready-made pottery, including mugs, plates, trinket boxes, egg cups and vases. Once decorated our technical staff will glaze and fire your pot.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 per session.
All pottery items are individually priced and are not included in the ticket price.

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/paint-a-pot/

Open Access Pottery Studio

Open Access Thursdays

  • 4 May — 21 December 2017 *on now

These sessions offer flexible studio space for those who can work independently, with a full range of ceramics facilities available including two kilns and six wheels.

The Pottery Studio is a large, 178sqm workspace in The Harley Foundation’s ‘East Workshops’ which were designed by architect John Outram.

Drop in, but if you require particular equipment it is recommended to book ahead.

Booking is advised as places are limited. Call 01909 501 700 or email shop@harleygallery.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Prices start from £5

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/open-access-thursdays/

Earth & Fire International Ceramic Fair

Earth & Fire International Ceramic Fair

  • 23 — 25 June 2017 *on now

Visitors can browse and buy everything from garden sculptures to teapots. You can talk directly to the maker to find out how a piece was made and the inspiration behind it.

Earth & Fire will take place within Welbeck’s old walled kitchen garden and the surrounds of the artist studios just off The Courtyard; offering a perfect day out for everyone who values the skill and beauty of the handmade.

For further details visit: www.earthandfireceramicfair.com

Admission

£5.00

Website

http://www.earthandfireceramicfair.com

Getting there

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

The Harley Gallery
Welbeck
Worksop
Nottinghamshire
S80 3LW
England

Website

www.harleygallery.co.uk

E-mail

info@harleygallery.co.uk

Telephone

01909 501 700

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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