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/

War & Pieces Bouke de Vries

War & Pieces - Bouke de Vries

  • 4 November 2017 — 7 January 2018

On the eve of a battle in previous centuries an extravagant banquet might be held, decorated with porcelain table sculptures depicting classical allegories or even the impending battle. ‘War & Pieces’ is Bouke de Vries’ contemporary response to this tradition. Besides war, chaos and aggression, the installation uses humour and beauty to satirise classical symbols.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/war-pieces/

Made For The Table The Goldsmiths' Company

Made For The Table The Goldsmiths' Company

  • 4 November 2017 — 7 January 2018

A bespoke dining table is laid with newly commissioned silver and a selection of modern glass, ceramics and textiles by leading UK artisans, brought together in a vibrant and colourful display. This modern table setting is introduced by extraordinary silver acquired by the Goldsmiths’ Company over the last 500 years, reflecting its long history of patronage.

From serving dishes to cutlery and sculptural bread baskets to wine coasters, the exhibition demonstrates both continuity and a break with tradition. As much as there have been changes in taste and style, domestic silver continues to be a source of inspiration.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/made-for-the-table/

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.
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/

Creative Summer Sessions at The Harley Gallery

Creative Summer Sessions

  • 26 July — 30 August 2017 *on now

Creative sessions take place every Wednesday during the summer holidays in The Harley Gallery’s Creative Space.

26/07/2017 Make a Miniature Portrait - be inspired by our miniature
paintings and create your own modern miniature portrait.
02/08/2017 Under the Sea Mobiles - paper craft activity creating your very own under the sea mobile.
09/08/2017 Objects with Attitude - Rummage through our stash of recycled materials and bring an everyday object to life!
16/08/2017 Paper People - Sketch your design, cut and colour block to
produce a pop art creation.
23/08/2017 Make a Dream Space - Using paper, pens and collage produce a dream world for dinosaurs to roam or giant insects to live.
30/08/2017 Build a Body - Design, draw and create a set of building-blocks to mismatch your own fantastic creatures.


Adults must stay with their children at all times. £2.50 per child, suitable for all ages.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£2.50

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/events/children-families/

Clay Day at The Harley Pottery Studio

Clay Day!

  • 23 October 2017 10am-3pm

Explore and experiment with different techniques including slab and coil building. Our Studio Manager Lynne Staniland will be on hand to offer any hints and tips needed to create your masterpiece.

Suitable for children aged 4+. Adults must stay with their children at all times.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Studio Fee: £5 (includes 1 1lb ball of clay)
Additional Clay: £3 per 1lb ball
Firing per pot: £3

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/clay-day/

Paint a Pot at The Harley Gallery Pottery Studio

Paint a Pot - October Half Term Activities

  • 24 — 26 October 2017

Bring the family and get creative in our specialist Pottery Studio. Choose from a wide selection of ready-made pottery, from tea lights to skulls. Use our glazes to decorate them to your own design.

Our expert staff are on hand to help with ideas and techniques to help you make something really special, be it Halloween themed or a memorable keepsake.
Once decorated our technical staff will glaze and fire your pot. It will be ready to collect from Reception after a week.

Suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
When visiting The Harley Pottery Studio, please report to a gallery reception on arrival. Last admission 2pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 studio fee per person, per session.
All pottery items are individually priced and are not included in the ticket price. Pottery ranges from £10, for two egg cups, a mug, or a small plate, to £12 for a money box, to £22 for a bird-house.

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/paint-a-pot-2/

Recycled Birds with Michelle Reader

Recycled Birds with Michelle Reader

  • 27 October 2017 11am-3:30pm

Michelle creates unique figurative sculptures from household waste and found objects, her work includes a Jaguar made from satellite dishes to portraits of people made from household waste.

During this 1.5 hour workshop, Michelle will assist you in creating your very own recycled bird of choice.

Adults must stay with their children at all times.
Booking is advised as places are limited. Call 01909 501 700 or email shop@harleygallery.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£6

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/recycled-birds-michelle-reader/

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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