The Harley Gallery

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 1000-1600

Admission charges


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.
Call for entries - The Harley Open Exhibition

Call for Entries - The Harley Open Exhibition

  • 7 February — 21 May 2017 *on now

We are looking for your own, original wall based artwork, which must have been made in the last 2 years.

Entries are judged by our expert panel, with around 140 being selected for the exhibition.

On the panel for the 2017 Open Exhibition are:
Hannah Obee, Exhibitions Curator, Chatsworth
Geoff Diego Litherland, Artist
Lucy Phillips, Director, Leicester Print Studio

Prizes include:
The Harley Prize: £750 and a solo exhibition alongside the next Open Exhibition
Judges Prize: £500 – Sponsored by Welbeck Estates Company
Welbeck Farm Shop Prize: Luxury Hamper
The School of Artisan Prize: A weekend course
Additional prizes may also be awarded.

We will be accepting entries for the 2017 Open Exhibition by digital application only. Application deadline 5pm, 21 May 2017.

To enter visit >

Suitable for

  • Any age


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


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


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


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


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


Six week slipcasting course at The Harley Pottery Studio

Afternoon Tea: Six Week Slip Casting Course

  • 3 April — 22 May 2017 *on now

Throughout this six week course you will learn how to use moulds to slip cast your own teapot or coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl.

Personalise your set by embellishing and decorating your ware, we have lots of ideas and techniques to share!

You will take your set home with you at the end of the course.

Refreshments included.


£120 for six classes, all materials are included
Concessions receive a 10% discount.


Warli Painting by Jivya Soma Mashe, Fishing

First Rain - Warli Painting

  • 14 April — 11 June 2017 *on now

Warli art is a tribal art form practised mainly by women in Maharashtra, west India, who paint the mud and dung walls of their houses with rice paste to celebrate key events during the year.

As a child Jivya Some Mashe assisted the women painters, honed his skills and developed his imagination. Now in his eighties Mashe is recognised as the master, the pioneer of a new Warli painting tradition. Mashe expanded Warli to encompass new forms and narratives and opened up the way for a new generation of artists, like Ramesh Hengade. In 2006 Hengade came to the Harley Foundation as artist-in-residence and an exhibition of work from his time in Nottinghamshire was an immediate sell-out.

This new exhibition focuses on the work of Mashe and Hengade made over the last ten years. Also showing is work by fellow Warli artists and new work that will be created as part of an international artists exchange to take place in India in early 2017.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Earth & Fire International Ceramic Fair

Earth & Fire International Ceramic Fair

  • 23 — 25 June 2017

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.

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Getting there

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

The Harley Gallery
S80 3LW




01909 501700

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