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/

Brenda Circus Work - Peter Lavery Haeni and Robert Fossett Fossett Brothers Circus 1973 at The Harley Gallery Nottinghamshire

Circus Work - Peter Lavery

  • 3 February — 15 April 2018

Peter Lavery is best known for his seductive advertising photography, but for the last 50 years he has been photographing circus performers around Britain. All shot on a plate camera, the work is an impressive collection of circus subjects. These intimately detailed photographs expose moments of ordinariness in extraordinary lives.

Lavery has had an enduring interest and passion for the subject since dropping in on a small indoor circus in his home town of Wakefield in 1968.

This exhibition celebrates both 250 years of circus and Peter Lavery’s five decade long fascination with it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/circus-work/

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/

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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