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.
Space - Silence 4 by Hilary Bower, made 2014.

Silence Space Shadow

  • 14 February — 12 April 2015 *on now

New drawings and mixed media work which reflects an ongoing critical investigation and exploration of how intangible elements can be made tangible through particular materials and forms.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/silence-space-shadow/

Elaine Winter, Held 1, Winner of The Harley Prize 2013

The Harley Open Exhibition 2015

  • 14 February — 12 April 2015 *on now

The Harley Open Exhibition, running this year for the third time, is a biennial art competition which attracts entries from artists from across the country. Previous exhibitors have included established artists Richard Combes, Sarah Sharpe and Aran Illingworth, but anyone can enter this competition, whether professional or amateur.
Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley Gallery, explains:
‘It’s really exciting to see the entries for The Harley Open Exhibition. We receive a wonderful mix of pieces, from a wide range of different artists with different styles, different subjects and different experience. It’s great to see pieces from practicing artists hung next to pieces by people who are new to making art. There’s a lot of talent out there.’
Prizes will include The Harley Prize, £750, sponsored by The Harley Foundation, The Judges Prize, £250, sponsored by Welbeck Estates Company, The People’s Prize, £250, sponsored by Caddick Construction and the Avonside Renewables Prize, £250. Further prizes have been sponsored by Creswell Crags, The School of Artisan Food and The Welbeck Farm Shop.
Many of the works will be for sale, providing an excellent opportunity to buy original art. Arts Council England's Own Art scheme is available for purchases from £100 to £2,000, and allows you to spread the cost of buying contemporary art.
Visit The Harley Gallery from 14/02/2015 – 12/04/2015 to see The Harley Open Exhibition. The Harley Gallery is on the A60, 10 minutes from the A1 and M1. The Gallery is free to enter, and has free parking. www.harleygallery.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/open-exhibition/

David Poston, 1981, Bangle bracelet, hand-forged stainless steel.

Necklace for an Elephant and Other Stories: the Working Lives of David Poston

  • 25 April — 21 June 2015

David Poston is a jeweller and designer whose work has been collected by museums across the world and bought by individuals to be worn every day. Unconventional throughout his career, he has designed a necklace for an elephant, photographed bands like The Rolling Stones in concert and developed life-changing training projects in Africa. The connecting thread is his mission to better understand problems and to solve them, to improve people’s lives.
Poston’s designs are minimal and sensual. He always wanted to make jewellery which would be worn as much of the day and night as possible. He says, “Jewellery is a way of reconciling people to their bodies, making them feel switched on. It is about how they feel inside and how they can realise that feeling.” By the time he was in his thirties, his work had been bought enthusiastically by people across the world and by major international museum collections.
‘Necklace for an Elephant and Other Stories’ traces Poston’s life and his achievements, not only in jewellery, but also photography, engineering, invention, process design and international development.
Visit The Harley Gallery from 25th April to 21st June 2015 to explore the many worlds of these two artists. The Harley Gallery is in Nottinghamshire, 10 minutes from the A1 and M1. Free entry.
The project is funded by Arts Council England, commissioned by the Harley Gallery and Ruthin Craft Centre and is curated by the former Director of the Crafts Council, Dr. Louise Taylor.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/necklace-elephant-stories/

Paul Scott, 2014, Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s) Fracked No:3. Inglaze decal collage on cracked feather edged pearlware platter (c.1820) with gold, 43cm x 32cm x 3cm.

Confected, Borrowed, Blue... an installation by Paul Scott

  • 25 April — 21 June 2015

Blue and white china is often found at home; it is a visual language that many people are familiar with. Paul Scott’s appropriation of its traditional patterns as vehicles for socio-political commentary has made his work unmistakeable. Warning signs for radioactivity are tucked into the border of the Willow Pattern; jet planes streak across rural landscapes.
On a shallow oval dish with delicate fluted edges, a drilling platform rises starkly above a sumptuous deep blue landscape. As befits the title - Fracked - the dish is cracked and the crack has been filled with gold.
Visit The Harley Gallery from 25th April to 21st June 2015 to explore the many worlds of these two artists. The Harley Gallery is in Nottinghamshire, 10 minutes from the A1 and M1. Free entry.
Exhibition organised by The Holburne Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/confected-borrowed-blue/

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.
Gallery tour

Final Friday Walk and Talk Tours

  • 27 February — 18 December 2015 *on now

Each month will have a different focus, from exploring our new gallery site to discovering contemporary art with an expert.

See details for each month here http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/final-friday/

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry is free, booking may be required for some talks. Please see http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/final-friday/ for details.

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/final-friday/

Black and white photo of Welbeck Abbey

Welbeck Abbey State Room Tours

  • 3 — 30 August 2015

Welbeck Abbey’s State Rooms are open to the public for 28 days during August for guided tours. These walking tours last approximately an hour and a half.
Welbeck Abbey has been home to the Cavendish-Bentinck family from 1607 to the present. The tour takes in the grand State Rooms, the Abbey’s reception rooms which have been host to royalty, aristocracy and statesmen.
The State Rooms are decorated with objects and artworks from The Portland Collection; an internationally significant collection which includes one of the largest privately owned collections of British portraits. Works on show at Welbeck Abbey include pieces by Sir Peter Lely, John Wootton and Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£16.50 per person

Website

http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/welbeck-abbey/

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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