The Harley Foundation is a charitable trust which supports the visual arts and crafts. It has created award-winning visitor attractions, a community of artist’s studios, and a vibrant event and education programme on the historic Welbeck estate.
Visitor attractions include the award-winning Harley Gallery, which shows contemporary exhibitions and The Portland Collection, a museum showing the art collection created by the Dukes of Portland and their families over 400 years.
The Harley Gallery and Portland Collection Museum are open six days a week, and are free to enter with free parking. Details of their current exhibitions are below, and for more information visit www.harleygallery.co.uk.
Continuing throughout 2023
The 5th Duke of Portland: Tunnel Vision
Illustrating the life of the elusive 5th Duke of Portland, who owned Welbeck during the Victorian period. The 5th Duke is famous for his extraordinary buildings, including miles of tunnels under the estate. This exhibition reveals his life beyond the tunnels – including lost love and amazing art collecting.
On now until 8th January 2023
Jason Wilsher-Mills: Jason and his Argonauts
Inflatable sculpture and hyper-joyful art by digital artist Jason Wilsher-Mills, developed with disabled communities around the UK. The centrepiece to this exhibition is a large-scale inflatable artwork telling stories from the Changing Places movement.
18th January to 12th March 2023
Anne Kelly: Well Travelled
A patchwork of memories, making, travel and textiles by Anne Kelly. In Anne’s hands, scraps of fabric, bits and bobs, images and ideas are combined and transformed. The resulting multi-layered and densely stitched ‘small worlds’ celebrate the experience of travelling.
25th March to 18th June 2023
Jennie Moncur: Interrupted Views
Jennie Moncur’s vibrant woven tapestries are a technical tour de force, with large scale commissions hung in spaces such as Lambeth Palace Chapel and Portcullis House at the Palace of Westminster. This is a rare opportunity to see a collection of works by the British artist, in an exhibition which will drench the gallery with colour.
25th March to 18th June 2023
Neil Wilkin and Rachael Woodman – Harvest: Fruit Gathering
This exhibition features the work of two of Britain’s leading artists working in hot glass. Rachael Woodman and Neil Wilkin have worked collaboratively for almost 40 years – however, Harvest: Fruit Gathering is their first exhibition together. This has allowed both artists to express their mastery of glass as a medium, through the creation of beautiful new work inspired by the natural and spiritual world.
Opening 25th March 2023 until 2026
Unseen Treasures of The Portland Collection
A prestigious new display of world-class works and unseen treasures from Welbeck Abbey’s private art collection. Supported by Bonhams.
Welbeck Abbey State Room Tours will be running on selected dates between 25th March and 6th April and provide the opportunity to see further works of art in the private stately home at Welbeck.