The Harley Gallery

The Harley Gallery
Welbeck
Worksop
Nottinghamshire
S80 3LW
England

Website

www.harleygallery.co.uk

E-mail

info@harleygallery.co.uk

Telephone

01909 501700

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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 1000-1630

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.
Tapestry made from feathers and embroidery, c. 1720 Nicholas Le Normand

Edward Harley: The Great Collector

  • 25 May — 31 December 2014 *on now

An exhibition from the historic Portland Collection exploring the life and family of one of Britain’s greatest collectors, the 2nd Earl of Oxford.
From opulence and obsession to debt and despair, new exhibition Edward Harley: The Great Collector follows the fortunes of the 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741). Showing at The Harley Gallery from 25 May 2013, this exhibition explores Edward Harley’s background, family and marriage through his spectacular collections of fine and decorative art and books.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event.php?pg_id=3&ev_id=612

CGI representation of the new gallery design

The Harley Gallery Presents

  • 11 June — 10 August 2014 *on now

The Harley Gallery is building a new gallery space to display objects from the historic Portland Collection of fine and decorative arts.
This exhibition, showing 11 June – 10 August, will feature the intricate models for this new space from ar-chitect Hugh Broughton, and exhibition designer John Ronayne.
The models will be accompanied by a specially commissioned film about the project, giving visitors an in-sight into the new Gallery and the processes involved in its creation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/behind-scenes-look-architecture/

#59 Fire Ball made by designer Jason Taylor

Everyday Objects

  • 11 June — 10 August 2014 *on now

The exhibition on show at The Harley Gallery, Welbeck this summer, might surprise you. Bits and bobs, odds and ends, household junk and pound shop finds will fill the Gallery from 11 June to 10 August, all transformed into new artworks by designer Jason Taylor.
Jason Taylor is an established designer who has worked on many diverse projects and commissions. He has exhibited and sold his range of lighting and furniture around the world, in art galleries and museums, as well as high street shops and design outlets, such as The Conran Shop.
He works with everyday items and transforms them in to new designs. In late 2011, Jason set himself the challenge of making a new piece of work every day of the year, throughout 2012.
Using mundane, household objects he created a vast array of witty, surprising and ingenious new designs, the Everyday Objects.
The Everyday Objects exhibition will be accompanied by a new installation, made especially for The Harley Gallery. Jason Taylor’s quirky product designs will also be available to buy from The Harley Shop.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event.php?pg_id=3

A Horse for Leonardo, made by Kevin Coates. Brooch in wall mount.

A Bestiary of Jewels

  • 20 August — 19 October 2014

Dr. Kevin Coates is a leading artist-goldsmith and sculptor who creates extraordinary jewellery in gold, precious stones, shells, and other unusual materials.

He is internationally renowned, and has work in collections across the world including the Smithsonian Institute New York, British Museum and National Museums for Scotland.

A poetic elaboration on the medieval encyclopedias known as ‘bestiaries’ Coates has created his own bestiary with a piece of jewellery mounted on an illustrated mount or ‘page’. Medieval bestiaries were illustrated books that described animals both physically and symbolically and often included myths, animal lore, and moral lessons.

Produced by Ruthin Craft Centre in association with the Ashmolean Museum

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/bestiary-jewels/

'Blue' by Claire Curneen, 49 x 15cm, 2013

To This I Put My Name

  • 20 August — 19 October 2014

The figures in To This I Put My Name are in turn serene and violent, beautiful and raw.

Drawing from religious iconography and Curneen’s study of art history at the National Museum of Ireland, these figures are the characters of myth and legend. Angels and saints are decorated with rich glazes or deep smudges of inky colour, reminiscent perhaps of fine porcelaine. Other figures are left unglazed and unadorned; like reimagined figures from Ancient Greek vases.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/put-name/

A portrait of Geoffrey Preston in the studio, in front of his plasterwork.

A Symphony of Curves

  • 1 November 2014 — 11 January 2015

Geoffrey Preston is one of the UK’s leading architectural sculptors, specialising in sculpture and decorative plasterwork and in particular the art of stucco. He has been at the helm of many award-winning projects and this exhibition ‘A Symphony of Curves: Geoffrey Preston - a tradition in plaster’ highlights his work.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/symphony-curves-geoffrey-preston/

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.
The Goblins Tapestries on show in The Portland Collections State Room Tours

The Portland Collection State Room Tours

  • 11 August — 22 September 2014

See fine and decorative arts from the internationally renowned Portland Collection in its historic setting at Welbeck Abbey.

This walking tour lasts approximately an hour and a half.
Tours will start at The Harley Gallery at 10.15am and 2.30pm, when you will be taken by bus through Welbeck Village, passing the 5th Duke of Portland’s Riding School and Hunting Stables.

You will disembark the bus at Welbeck Abbey, home of the Cavendish-Bentinck family who have lived at Welbeck since 1606. The walking tour will lead you through the State Rooms; the grand reception rooms used for entertaining which were remodelled in the Edwardian period by Winifred, Duchess of Portland. These rooms include the magnificent Gothic Hall and tapestry hung Red Drawing Room, and feature an array of fine and decorative arts from The Portland Collections.

Please see the website for full information and to book.
http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event.php?pg_id=116

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£16.50

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/portland-collection/

Two children and their Grandmother enjoying a Hands-on-Holidays creative workshop.

Hands-on Holidays

  • 30 July 2014 11am-1pm *on now
  • 6 August 2014 11am-1pm
  • 13 August 2014 11am-1pm
  • 20 August 2014 11am-1pm
  • 27 August 2014 11am-1pm

Things to do with the kids this half term holiday. Bring the children along for our Hands-on Holiday workshops, perfect for crafty kids aged 4-11. Stay for 5 minutes or the full session. Places are limited and reservations can be made. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. £2.50 materials fee per child, per session.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£2.50 per child

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/hands-holidays/

Kite

Mini Kite Making Workshop

  • 16 August 2014 10am-1pm

Kite Teams (1 adult and 1 child) will work together to create their very own Mini Kites. You will find out about the science behind how a kite can fly, then learn how to design, make and decorate a Mini Kite.

After your adult and child team has created your very own mini-kite, you will talk a short walk to Creswell Crags to fly your kite.

While at Creswell Crags, you can also use the picnic area (if you would like to bring along a pack-up) or go on a cave tour.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15.00 per Kite Team (1 adult and 1 child).

Details from the suite of Gobelins tapestries hung in The Red Tapestry Drawing Room at Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire.

Crewel Embroidery Workshop

  • 5 — 6 September 2014 10am-5pm

A two-day workshop which includes a guided tour of Welbeck Abbey’s magnificent staterooms. Inspired by the flora and fauna depicted in the borders, students will embroider an image of a pheasant, suitable for a cushion cover or picture panel, using a variety of surface stitches in fine crewel wools on a linen ground.
This two-day workshop costs £195. The cost of the workshop includes materials, refreshments (morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea) and a guided tour of the staterooms.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

This two-day workshop costs £195. The cost of the workshop includes materials, refreshments (morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea) and a guided tour of the staterooms.

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/ornamental-embroidery-workshop/

A visitor browsing a stall at the Harley Art Market

The Christmas Art & Food Market and Harley Open Studios

  • 28 November 2014 1-4pm
  • 29 November 2014 10am-5pm
  • 30 November 2014 10am-4pm

The annual Christmas Art and Food Market and Harley Open Studios brings over 50 art, craft and food stalls to the historic Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire this November.
Taking place from 28 - 30 November 2014, this free entry event brings you the best in handmade products, from real ales to jewellery. It’s a great place to pick up unusual, great quality gifts.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/christmas-art-food-market/

Getting there

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

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