Discover inspiring art and craft at The Harley Gallery, with top quality contemporary exhibitions and a glimpse of the Welbeck Estate’s Portland Collections in our historical displays.
Drop in and relax in our tranquil surroundings, with free entry and free parking. Have fun with the kids in our ‘Creative Space’, browse and learn about art, or come to one of our exciting events.
Treat yourself in the Harley Gallery Craft Shop, which stocks an impressive range of top British makers, or indulge with the Limehouse Café’s delicious menu. Don’t forget to visit The Welbeck Farm Shop next door!
Mon - Sat 1000-1700
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.
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
As Large As Life by Quentin Blake
- 13 November 2013 — 12 January 2014 *on now
This winter, The Harley Gallery at Welbeck presents an exhibition from one of Britain’s best loved illustrators, Sir Quentin Blake.
On show from 13 November to 12 January, Quentin Blake: As Large as Life brings together over 50 prints which have been commissioned for hospitals in the UK and abroad. From people feeding the birds or walking the dog, to aliens from the planet Zog, these charming drawings have a therapeutic effect and refresh the spirit of those who are in hospital.
Quentin Blake’s book illustrations are much loved – his name conjures images of giraffes and pelicans, giant fruit or magic pencils! The drawings for hospitals combine his characteristic wit and warmth with reassuring colour, tone and quality of line. The images soothe the senses while drawing you into their narratives.
- Any age
Wanderlust Tapestries by Jilly Edwards
- 22 January — 23 March 2014
Tapestries by the renowned weaver, including new works.
- 2 April — 1 June 2014
Is craft a new language for luxury?
Edward Harley: The Great Collector
- 25 May — 31 December 2014
An exhibition from the historic Portland Collection exploring the life and family of one of Britain’s greatest collectors, the 2nd Earl of Oxford.
Trent to Trenches: Welbeck in the Great War
- 1 June — 31 December 2014
Exhibition in the Harley Gallery to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WWI in 1914. The Duke and Duchess of Portland’s immediate response was the establishment of an auxiliary Red Cross hospital at their home Welbeck Abbey.
Other members of the family undertook significant war work. The display aims to draw attention to the special role played by women throughout the conflict.
- Family friendly
- 11 June — 10 August 2014
365 days – 365 product designs.
Harley Art Club
- 7 September 2013 — 7 June 2014 *on now
Welcome to The Harley Gallery’s Art Club for children aged 7-11. The Art Club will encourage your children to look, draw and discover - developing making skills and an understanding of art and craft. Children will spend Saturday morning with Harley Education & Engagement Manager Dayle, having fun and getting messy in these hands-on monthly sessions.
Places are limited to 15 children per session.
7th September 10am-12pm 2013
12thOctober 10am-12pm 2013
2ndNovember 10am-12pm 2013
7th December 10am-12pm 2013
11th January 10am-12pm 2014
8th February 10am-12pm 2014
8th March 10am-12pm 2014
5th April 10am-12pm 2014
3rd May 10am-2pm 2014
7th June 10am-12pm 2014
£5 booking fee per child per session to cover material costs. Pre book all 10 sessions (September-June) and receive a FREE Harley Art Club portfolio to any new art club members. (Alternatively portfolios can be purchased for £5 each). Children will need to bring along an old shirt or apron.
To book please ask at reception or call the gallery on: 01909 501700
- Especially for children
£5 per child per session. £50 for all ten sessions.