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

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.
A view of The Harley Gallery, looking across the courtyard.
Food icon Shop icon Visual disability facilities icon Wheelchair access icon

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

A Symphony of Curves

  • 1 November — 24 December 2014 *on now

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.

The exhibition includes a range of Geoffrey Preston's work, from small, beautifully modelled relief panels, to a wildly exuberant new Rococo ceiling. Design drawings and photographs of some of his principal commissions are also on display.

Geoffrey Preston : Meet the Artist
Saturday 1st November, 1-3pm, FREE entry.
Join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition and meet the artist, Geoffrey Preston.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

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

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

The Harley Open Exhibition 2015

  • 14 February — 12 April 2015

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/

Getting there

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

advertisement