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The Portrait Gallery
Gallery 1 Part of the About Face portraiture double bill 21 August – 3 November Yelena Popova’s abstract paintings are inspired by historical portraiture; hints of drapery, dress or gesture give these beautiful images an almost ghostly link to the portraits which inspire them. Translucent washes of paint on linen in paintings of all shapes and sizes are brought together in an installation of works which cascades across the gallery space, tumbling across the walls. Based at Primary Studios, Nottingham, Yelena has established a national reputation for her contemporary painting installations. Read more
Yelena’s abstract paintings are inspired by historical portraits, including some of those in Welbeck’s own Portland Collection. The subtle washes of colour and intriguing forms suggest and x-ray, trace of an outline, or a long forgotten memory. In the unusual installation of these images, Popova reflects on the contrasts between contemporary exhibition spaces, with bare white walls and generous space, and the tradition of historical collections to hang work tightly, finding spaces for new works as they are collected. These works reflect on collections and materiality, display and hierarchy. Read a review of the exhibition
Untitled, 2013, Golden leaf and mixed media on linen, Courtesy of the artist and Figge von Rosen Gallery.
Face to Face
Main Auditorium Part of the About Face portraiture double bill 21 August – 3 November This exhibition features portraits of members of the local community, celebrated in large scale, hyper-real drawings by George Hardy – you might remember his award-winning work from the Harley Open. North Nottinghamshire based artist George Hardy makes his phenomenally skilled works with humble materials. Working with biro pen on paper, he creates incredibly detailed, lifelike drawings. Closer inspection reveals that these drawings are made up of densely packed, carefully carried out, scribbles. Find out more about why George works in biro. www.georgehardy.co.uk Read a review of the exhibition Commissions
George Hardy welcomes commissions. A portrait like those in the exhibition would cost £650, please ask at Reception if you would like to discuss your requirements with the artist. A brief photography session is required before George begins work on your portrait. Lengthy sittings are not required! Portraits take around 4 weeks to complete. Portraits make lovely gifts, why not treat a loved one to a drawing of the children?
Gallery 1 12 June - 11 August Adam Frew is celebrated for his sumptuous pots, rich with glossy glazes, luscious colours and expressive marks. This exhibition will show these ceramics alongside the drawings which inspire and inform them. This is the first time Adam’s drawings have been shown alongside his pots and an unusual opportunity to glimpse his working practice. ‘I love drawing, making quick, free marks that capture a moment and often these marks feed into the language I use to decorate pots.’ Adam Frew This exhibition will include works inspired by time spent here on the Welbeck Estate, observing the landscape, woodlands, plants and wildlife. Read Adam's notes on his Harley Gallery exhibition. Adam sees himself primarily as an image maker, using white porcelain as the perfect canvas for the inky cobalt drawings which decorate his pots. His pots are as spontaneous as his drawings, using playful techniques and unpredictable processes. The sketches which inform the marks on his pots are as fluid and impulsive as his wheel-thrown forms. They capture chance conversations, expressions, fleeting images and thoughts in vigorous pencil, ink and painterly marks. Join us on 22 June to celebrate the exhibition and enjoy a drink with Adam Find out more at www.adamfrew.com Watch a film
Main Auditorium & Gallery 1 27 March - 2 June Discover what happens when 10 top furniture designers take to the woods. The Bodging Project is an exhibition of exploratory furniture design, from renowned designers who have taken part in woodland workshops to challenge their established practice and to ‘reconnect head with hand’, as described by Chris Eckersley, award-winning furniture designer and Bodging Project founder. Read Chris's explanation of the word 'bodging'. Used to designing in factories; with computers, power tools and drawing boards, 10 designers were taken to a workshop in the woods and introduced to ‘Bodging’, or traditional green wood chair making. The experiment took the designers right back to basics as they turned, cut and scraped raw wood into beautiful furniture designs. This exhibition shows work designed from the factory, to the forest, and back again. Visit to see exhibits that were shown in Milan at the Salone del Mobile 2010 and London Design Festival 2012, including the acclaimed ‘Love Seat’ by Gareth Neal. Also on show will be work made by The Lloyd Loom Elves, a project instigated by designer William Warren. Creeping into the Lloyd Loom factory in Spalding, Lincolnshire one weekend, a group of designers were able to play with Lloyd Loom’s iconic twisted paper materials, creating new exciting designs and trying different, unusual techniques. Buy the exhibition catalogue See all related events Visit the Bodging Milano website The Bodging Project exhibitors
Shop Focus 27 March - 2 June A showcase featuring heroes of the craft world who rescue their raw materials from landfill and litter bins. With their deft hands and quick minds, humble resources from newspapers and tin cans are conjured into unexpected works of art. Discover the Reused Refuse exhibitors
Colette Bain Christine Moss Katcha Bilek Cairan McKay Stabo Steve Handley Cleo Mussi Julie Arkell Suitcase Magie Hollingworth Sarah Thirlwell Rachel Darbourne Hilary Mee Rosy Maddison Dee Barnes The Silvery Cath Ray Cathy Miles Katherine Richmond Kumi Middleton Melody Rose Caren Hartley Iris Tsante Leigh Shepherd Zinc White Andrew Oliver Rebecca J Coles Rose Hamilton Maria Whetman
26 January - 17 March See exhibits selected by our judging panel for the second Harley Open Exhibition. Artworks have been entered by artists of all ages, both professional and just starting out, and ranging from oil paintings to embroideries to collage. Many of the pieces will be for sale so you can buy your favourite piece, too. The exhibited artworks this year have been selected by Jeremy Webster, from The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford; Michelle Bowen from Primary Studios, Nottingham, and Mervyn Mitchell, Photographic Artist from Nottingham. With thanks to our prize sponsors Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire County Council, The Harley Foundation, The School of Artisan Food, The Welbeck Farm Shop and The Welbeck Estates Company Selected Art Works
Works selected for the Harley Open Exhibition 2013 are: Alan Abbey Wold Tops Alan Abbey Whitby Alan Abbey Lindasfarne Brian Adams Tidal Fingers Brian Adams Tidal Wash Brian Adams Tidal Surge Linda Alton Choice? Peter Annable Memories of Childhood Jonathan Annable -10°c. Thieves Wood Cabin Sarah Baker Dumbles I Sarah Baker Dumbles II Alison Baker Last Will and Testament Sandy Bartle Incoming Clouds Yvonne Bellamy Scarlet (If I Were Queen Collection) Mark Bennett Alpine View Mark Bennett Winter Lights Phil Bowman Karolina Julian Bray Nottinghamshire Woodland Julian Bray Maze Garden Chatsworth Bethan Brewer Rothiemurchas Erica Bridgwood Pretty Puss Beryl Brown Hidden Gems Jo Brown Winding Helen Burpee My Goldfish Richard Carman Blencathra Richard Carman Mam Tor Sarah Cavani Good Egg Sean Coupe Fragmented Life Jacqueline Currell Longtail WINNER The Welbeck Farm Shop Prize Nicola Davison Reed Converse Cilla Eisner Cognitive Landscape Nick Ellerby Red Sign - Horseshoe - Point WINNER The School of Artisan Food Prize Ann Everitt Meditation Lois Gardner Sabet Raga Lea Goldberg Trout Quintet Lynn Hadland Town Hall, Retford George Hardy Beck George Hardy Peep Luke Harrison Thriving Urbanisation Poppy Hewett "A Magician Accidentally Turns Himself into a Sausage…" Poppy Hewett "Pinky Hops and Jumps" Peter Hillier On Stackpole Head, Pembroke Peter Hillier Turbulent Sea, Pembroke Michelle Hobbs Layers Chris Houlton Tiger Might Viv Howe Sing I Series II Viv Howe Blue Silence I Viv Howe Count Your Blessings I Val Hudson Edge Doreen Hunt Universita, Venice Aran Illingworth Three Graces Steven Ingman Vacant Steven Ingman Empty Susan Isaac Staithes Beck Aly Jackson Far View Jan Jeans House in Waltham, Lincs Welbeck Kane Ghost Gentleman with the Deer that Stampeded Over Him Tracey Keeping Alice 2 Tracey Keeping "Here we go…" Peter Knight Pipefish Dream - 1962 Peter Knight The Dictator's Pagoda Naomi Law Larnaca Haven Simon Lawley Aqua Shoes and Fabric (2) Simon Lawley Orange Shoes and Fabric Tansy Lee Moir Crichton Rippled Beech #1 Judy Liebert Love Medals Judy Liebert Honours for Care Frances Lightbound Improvised Space I Frances Lightbound Improvised Space II Frances Lightbound Charles St. S1. Phil Lockwood "Aunty Jessie's Homemade Soup Settling Tanks" Christopher Marrows The Impossible Pier Jill Marschner Two Quinces Jennie McCall Autumn Blue Helen McKenzie Grace Anne Menary Capturing Dark Matter (Textile) Eric W. Morris Difficulty at the Beginning Kathryn Morton St Chads, Pleasley Vale Kathryn Morton Janice's Back Yard Kathryn Morton Abandoned Tractor, Sawmills, near Bullbridge William Nims Snow Storm Coming Karoliina Nurmela Y. Madelene Pat O'Dowd Sky Diving Helena Orlowski Untitled (Fragmented Medusa) 1/4 Mandy Payne Express Excess WIINNER The Judges Prize Sponsored by Welbeck Estates Company Catherine Pearson Jurmala Olivia Pearson Going to the Prom Jess Pearson Lurking in the Midst Deborah Penzer Butterflies and Crows Judyth Pickles Arum Italicum Trevor Colin Pittaway Early Morning, St. Marks, Venice Neil Pittaway RWS RE Westminster City Station Neil Pittaway RWS RE West, East, Big Ben and Tower Bridge Helen Platt-Hawkins China - Light and Shadow 1 Helen Platt-Hawkins China - Light and Shadow 2 Helen Platt-Hawkins China - Dappled Pools of Light WINNER The Nottinghamshire County Council Prize Wendy Powell Cocoons Margaret Rose Yellow Shirt Arek Rudyk Night with the Stars Arek Rudyk … Arek Rudyk Home Sarah Sewell Pink Spotted Robin Sarah Sharpe The Family Sarah Sharpe Stone Bird Sarah SharpeCrowned Bird David Carson Shaw On a Wind from the East Serena Smith Threshold Erik Stira The Industrial Men Helen Stokes First (from 'Allotments' Series) HIGHLY COMMENDED The Harley Prize Helen Stokes Bottles (from 'Allotments' Series) Barbara Taylor Pigeon and Post Rosalind Timperley Malus Domestica 'Bess Pool' Rosalind Timperley Malus Domestica 'Ribston Pippin' Catherine Thomas Leo WINNER: The People's Prize Isobel Walker Memories Isobel Walker Forever Polly Warren Steep Hill, Lincoln Polly Warren Olga Kay Westerman Feeling Sluggish Elaine Winter Held I WINNER The Harley Prize Elaine Winter Held III Keith Wright Barrier 2 Peter York The Stairs WINNER The Creswell Crags Prize Peter York Streetley Chapel Peter York Cave Dale Casleton
Harley Prize £750 – Sponsored by The Harley Foundation Judges Prize £250 – Sponsored by The Welbeck Estates Company People’s Prize £250 Nottinghamshire County Council Award – A commission for a regional artist to create a new work, suitable for reproduction. The Creswell Crags Prize - One Family Pass for a 'Life in the Ice Age' Tour (for 2 adults and 2 children) The Welbeck Farm Shop Prize - £50 Welbeck Farm Shop Voucher The School of Artisan Food Prize – A place on a 2013 one-day baking course of your choice Additional prizes may also be awarded.
The Harley Open 2013 is open to all artists, of any age. Entries are £10 per artist, for which you can enter up to 3 individually displayed works (a triptych in 3 parts will be counted as your 3 entries.) Submissions - 29 December – 11 January. Please check our Christmas opening hours Selection - 14 January Collection of unsuccessful submissions - 21 January – 27 January Exhibition - 26 January – 17 March Prize giving Party - 26 January Collection of exhibited works - 18 – 24 March Please note: WE CANNOT GIVE FEEDBACK ON ENTRIES. Successful entries will now be published on the Harley Gallery website from 12 noon 18 January, not 16 January as previously publicised. Please check the website to find out if your work has been selected for the exhibition. If successful, we may contact you by email to ask for further details about entry, for promotional purposes. If you want to make your entry available for sale, please enter the price you want to receive on the entry form. The Harley Gallery will then add commission at 30% and VAT (on the commission) to give a total retail price. If you do not wish to sell your work, please enter ‘NFS’ (Not for Sale) on the entry form.
• We can only accept entries that are delivered to the Harley Gallery in person. Digital and postal submissions will be declined entry. • You must bring a completed entry form and your entry fee with you. If your entry form is not properly completed, you will be asked to resubmit your entry. • All submitted artwork must have your name and contact details clearly and securely displayed on the reverse and must have wrapped corners/edges. Entries will not be accepted with any other wrapping, we will provide space for you to remove bubble wrap etc. before you submit your work. Wrapped corners/edges can be made from cardboard, bubble wrap or other protective materials. • All entries must be suitably framed / mounted to allow us to fix mirror plates to the reverse. Please be aware that we will screw mirror plates to successful work. This is to ensure that your work is exhibited in a professional manner which meets our security and health and safety policies. A mirror plate is a small, brass fixing. We ask that you prepare your entry in such a way that we can fix mirror plates at the central point of each side of your work. Entries are submitted at your own risk, we cannot accept liability for any damage. You must collect unsuccessful entries between 21 and 27 January and successful entries by 24 March. If you do not collect your work by these dates, you will be charged a storage fee of £5 per week. If your work remains uncollected 3 months after these dates, it will be disposed of.
The 4th Duke of Portland (1768-1854), was a devoted follower of horseracing and builder of 'The Portland Stand' at Newmarket. Lord George Bentinck (1802 - 1848) the 4th Duke's younger son, followed in his father's footsteps and was instrumental in developing horse racing. Lord George earned the unofficial title of Lord Paramount of the Turf at Newmarket, and started many reforms including the use of a starting flag. He worked to eliminate fraud following the 'Dirty Derby' of 1844, and invented the horse box to move his horses to races, without tiring them with a long ride to the venue. This exhibition will give an insight into Lord George's horsemanship, with one of the wheels from his original horse box, and his racing prizes on display. The 6th Duke of Portland's racing colours and prizes are also to be shown. The 6th Duke's horses, Donovan, Memoir, Ayrshire and Semolina, were champions - in one season their prizes totalled £96,000, the equivalent of over 5 million pounds today, which paid for the ornate almshouses on the Welbeck Estate, named 'The Winnings'. Among the exhibits will also be the rocking horse 'Donovan', belonging to the 6th Duke's grandaughter, Lady Anne Bentinck (1916-2008) and named after her grandfather's favourite horse. Lady Anne was a dedicated horsewoman who still rode at 90 years of age.
27 October - 13 January 2013 A solo exhibition from leading designer, Wendy Ramshaw, RDI, OBE, CBE. This is metalwork that has to be seen to be believed - ranging from tiny gold rings made for baby princesses, to large scale, dramatic public gates. The Rooms of Dreams exhibition will enchant you with its beauty, romance and grandeur. The centre piece to the exhibition, the 'Room of Dreams', lets you explore Wendy's jewellery, combining bold, sculptural shapes with finely crafted metalwork. Click here to find out more
Just as your wedding ring reminds you of your special day, or a locket might remind you of the person that gave you the jewellery, the jewellery in the Room of Dreams tells stories. This is an installation bursting with fairytales and mythical characters, including a necklace inpsired by the Miller's daughter in Rumpelstiltskin, who had to weave straw into gold, to rings made for Alice in Wonderland, which take their inspiration from Alice swimming in a pool of her own tears. Spanning her 50 year career to date, this exhibition shows the incredible range of Wendy's work. All her pieces are beautifully designed, from the grand metal public commissions to ring stands which are lathe turned by hand for each individual piece of jewellery. Wendy invented the ring set (which is now a common feature of jewellery design and often seen on the high street) and her ring stands transform these groups of glittering gemstones into beautiful sculptures. You can also see Wendy's jewellery made from unusual materials, such as paper, plastic and old clock faces. Click to find out more about Wendy Ramshaw See a film of the exhibition on show at Ruthin Craft Centre Read short stories by local writers and local schoolchildren in our workshops with Pippa Henessy.
Discover the inspirations and themes behind 10 of the exhibits. Visit our Rooms of Dreams mini-site Buy the exhibition catalogue here A Harley Gallery touring exhibition in partnership with Ruthin Craft Centre. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Our exhibitions have included work by: Nora Fok | Sir Peter Blake | Kate Malone | Euan Uglow | David Hockney | Junko Mori | Quentin Blake | Wendy Ramshaw | John Makepeace | Ptolemy Mann | Kyra Cane | Julian Bray | George Stubbs | LS Lowry | Damien Hirst | Tracey Emin | Richard Combes | Jim Partridge | Grayson Perry Visit our exhibitions archive