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.
Joanna Whittle

Between Islands - Joana 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/

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/

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/

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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