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.
War & Pieces Bouke de Vries

War & Pieces - Bouke de Vries

  • 4 November 2017 — 7 January 2018 *on now

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 *on now

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/

Festive Paint a pot at The Harley Gallery

Festive Paint a Pot

  • 23 — 26 November 2017 *on now

Choose from our range of festive pottery, including nativity sets, tealights, baubles, Christmas trees and Santa plates. Decorate with your own design and let us professionally finish your keep sake. Our expert technical staff are on hand to help you realise your ideas.

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

Last admission 2pm.

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

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 tealights, a mug, or a small plate, to £30 for a Christmas tree.

Website

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

Christopher Dresser, Soup Tureen, c.1880. Courtesy the Goldsmiths' Company

Historic silver from the Goldsmiths’ Collection with Philippa Glanville

  • 23 November 2017 12-12:30pm *on now

Former head keeper of silver and metalwork at the V&A, Philippa Glanville is a leading authority on silver and the history of dining.
This fascinating talk will explore Made For The Table exhibits from the Goldsmiths’ Company’s historical collection, unveiling the secrets behind the sparkle.
Not to be missed!

BOOKING INFORMATION
Booking essential as places are limited. Call 01909 501 700 or email portlandcollection@harleygallery.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/historic-silver-goldsmiths-collection/

The Welbeck Winter Weekend

The Welbeck Winter Weekend

  • 24 — 26 November 2017

Visit the historic Welbeck estate for the annual celebration of everything hand-made with 55 artists and craftspeople carefully curated by The Harley Gallery, plus 15 artists’ studios and two critically acclaimed art galleries, relaxing cafés, pottery painting, with 30 artisan food stalls to whet your appetite, specially selected by the award-winning Welbeck Farm Shop and decorations galore at Dukeries Garden Centre.

Opening Times:
Friday 24 November - 10am - 5pm
Saturday 25 November - 10am - 5pm
Sunday 26 November - 10am - 4pm

For full visitor information visit http://www.welbeck.co.uk/experience/visit/the-welbeck-winter-weekend

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.welbeck.co.uk/experience/visit/the-welbeck-winter-weekend

Hallmarking key 2017 for application on silver The Goldsmiths

Hallmarking Roadshow with David Merry

  • 6 December 2017 12-12:30pm

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office began hallmarking in 1327 – making it the oldest UK Assay Office. A hallmark is a guarantee of the quality of a piece of metalwork. It includes information on where the piece was hallmarked, what it is made from and who sent it for hallmarking.
David will speak about the hallmarking process, with hints and tips about what to look for and how to read a hallmark, before taking a look at your silverware.

BOOKING INFORMATION
Booking essential as places are limited. Call 01909 501 700 or email portlandcollection@harleygallery.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/hallmarking-roadshow/

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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