The Harley Gallery

The Harley Gallery
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Welcome to The Harley Gallery.

The Harley Gallery is home to the historic Portland Collection museum of fine and decorative art. Displays from this internationally significant collection are accompanied by exhibitions from leading contemporary artists.

Additional activities include events, ranging from tours of the State Rooms at Welbeck Abbey to meeting craftspeople at the Open Studios, The Harley Café and The Harley Shop, specialising in contemporary crafts, and children’s activity area.

Free entry. Free parking.
Open Tues - Sun, 10am - 4pm

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Tues - Sun 10.00-16.00
Mon - CLOSED

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.
Winifred Cavendish Bentinck, 6th Duchess of Portland (1863-1954)  John Singer Sargent, 1902  © The Portland Collection, The Harley Gallery

Men, Women and Things

  • 14 September 2019 — 31 December 2021 *on now

The display includes a wide variety of works from the internationally significant collection, from grand full-length oil painted portraits to tiny miniatures, furniture to jewellery, books to ceramics.

The new display features astonishing portraits of three forward-thinking females who transcended their gender and their class – including history’s earliest sci-fi writer – Margaret Lucas.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/men-woman-and-things/

Joanna Whittle

Between Islands - Joanna Whittle

  • 1 August — 1 November 2020 *on now

In ‘Between Islands’ she explores the relationship between ‘creating worlds’ and ‘creating collections’ and the role curation and display of collections plays in developing narratives- real or imagined.

She has produced the paintings, drawings and ceramics on display in response to the landscape of the Welbeck estate and items in The Portland Collection and has displayed these as a collection of artefacts from an imagined world called Do><ia. The project has involved collaboration with artist David Orme, to explore the determinations of display and the decisions made to formalise the fictional into the authentic.

The world described is heavily influenced by the rich fabrics and fine ceramics in The Portland Collection and the secret landscape within the estate- creating islands of silk draped structures, hidden tunnels and overgrown gateways alongside ceramic artefacts from this imagined society.

Follow Joanna’s journey in creating the exhibition via her Instagram channel.
‘Between Islands’ will show alongside the 2020 Harley Open and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

https://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/between-islands-at-the-harley-gallery-nottinghamshire/

Image credit: Georgia Peskett, Light #2 (Sojourn 2019)

The Harley Open 2020

  • 1 August — 1 November 2020 *on now

Over the years, the Gallery has received entries from across the world as well as wonderful works from local artists, this year the Gallery restricted the criteria to a 100-mile radius has resulted in a truly diverse selection of artworks in a variety of styles and media. Many of the pieces are for sale, allowing visitors the chance to purchase original artworks at a range of prices.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

https://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/the-harley-open-at-the-harley-gallery-nottinghamshire/

Landscape painting by Julian Bray

Lost Architecture

  • 28 November 2020 — 7 March 2021

Julian continuously develops new ways to perceive the world through his artworks. He celebrates shape and colour, which he uses to influence the viewers’ perception of their surroundings, skillfully transforming and reimaging architecture into eye-catching compositions.

Discover more exhibitions at The Harley Gallery, visit www.harleygallery.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/lost-architecture-by-julian-bray-at-the-harley-gallery/

Michelle Reader - studio image

Second Thoughts

  • 28 November 2020 — 7 March 2021

Sculptor Michelle Reader has been making art from waste for over 22 years. In her work, she asks audiences to reflect on our over-consumption of natural resources and how we can reduce waste through re-use and recycling of materials.

Through a series of sculptural installations made from an extraordinary array of ordinary waste, Michelle highlights the links between the things we consume and the destruction of wildlife habitats, while at the same time portraying the beauty and wonder of the natural world. In her exhibition ‘Force of Nature’, three large sculptures are accompanied by film, sketches and preliminary drawings. Join Michelle on Friday 27th November 2020 for an online discussion. Visit www.harleygallery.co.uk to book your place.

Sculptor Phil Neal has created four humourous, mechanical sound contraptions which invite play and interaction. An old church organ, a guitar, several pianos and over 12 brass instruments have been pressed into service to create four sound machines. Come and enjoy the Heath Robinson world of Phil Neal.
Michelle and Phil are both members of the Harley Studio Group. The Harley Studios are home to over 20 artists, conservators, ceramists and sculptors.

Visit www.harleygallery.co.uk to find out more.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

https://www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/second-thoughts/

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.
Harley Open Studio event

Harley Open Studios

  • 26 — 29 November 2020

Meet The Harley Studio artists, makers and conservators.

In the spring of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and a national lockdown took place the decision was made to cancel the Welbeck Winter Weekend.
After careful consideration, we are delighted to announce artists, makers and conservators from The Harley Studio Group will prop open their studio doors and welcome visitors safely into their creative spaces.
Normally closed to the public, the open studio event is the perfect opportunity to meet, chat and gain an insight into the craftsmanship, with the opportunity to buy direct from 18 makers.
Entry is free.

Booking Information
This is a ticket only event with limited availability. Tickets are free but your place must be booked before you visit.
Visitors are welcome to attend one or more of the dates available. To visit, you must pre-book your ticket by emailing portlandcollection@harleygallery.co.uk or by calling 01909 501 700.
To keep visitor numbers at a safe level we are staggering entry to every 30 minutes with a maximum of 10 people per time slot. Entry times start from 11am. Once entered, visitors are free to stay until 3pm.

How to book:
Select your time of entry. You’ll need to pick a 30 minute arrival time for the date of your visit, entry times start from 11am.
The time you select is your arrival time. Visitors are more than welcome to stay until the event closes at 3pm.
Tickets can only be used by the named person.
If you want to change your ticket, please contact us so we can arrange this for you.
For NHS Test and Trace, personal details will be collected and stored for up to 21 days. See our Privacy Policy to see how your data is stored.
A booking confirmation will be sent via email. Please ensure you give the correct email address when giving your details. You will need to show the booking confirmation to enter the event.

What to expect on arrival:
Please park in the main car park adjacent to The Courtyard at Welbeck. Limited accessible parking is available at the studio complex. This will need to be reserved at time of booking.
Register your arrival by having your ticket ready (print or digital) to show a member of the front of house team at The Portland Collection reception.
To keep visitors at a safe level, we are staggering entry times to every 30 minutes. Please arrive at your allocated time.

During your visit:
To help keep everyone safe, we ask that all visitors adhere to social distancing rules and government guidance during your visit.
If you’re showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, or you’ve been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please DO NOT visit.
In line with government guidance, you’re required to wear a face-covering when entering the studio spaces.
No dogs allowed.
Little Town Pantry will not be at the event. Food and drink will be available from The Harley Cafe, pre-booking is advised.
Toilet facilities are located in The Portland Collection only.

Visiting during COVID-19
We will closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and enforce any necessary changes. Should the event be cancelled, we will endeavour to contact all visitors along with announcements on our social media platforms. Be sure to follow us to keep up to date!

Getting to the Studios:
The Harley Studio complex is a 5 minutes’ walk from the main car park and can be accessed through The Courtyard at Welbeck, between The Harley Gallery and Portland Collection.

Have a question regarding this event? Email portlandcollection@harleygallery.co.uk or call them directly on 01909 501 700.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/harley-open-studios-3/

Getting there

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

The Harley Gallery
The Harley Gallery & Portland Collection Museum
Welbeck
Worksop
Nottinghamshire
S80 3LW
England

Website

http://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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