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.

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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.
Ceramic Classes for Beginners

Play with Clay

  • 1 February — 8 March 2017 *on now

Working with our tutor Lynne, get to grips with ceramic techniques in a fun way using a variety of tools and try throwing a pot on the potter’s wheel.
All materials are included. Just bring your own ideas and we will develop your skills.
This is a basic beginners course suitable for adults.

To book please call the gallery 01909 501700.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£20 per session (course lasts for five weeks).
Refreshments included.


The Harley Gallery, Paint a Pot

Paint a Pot

  • 25 — 26 February 2017 10am-3pm

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 all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Booking is advised as places are limited. Call 01909 501 700 or email

Suitable for

  • Any age


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


Warli Painting by Jivya Soma Mashe, Fishing

First Rain - Warli Painting

  • 14 April — 11 June 2017

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


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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