The Harley Foundation

The Harley Foundation is a charitable trust whose mission is to create spaces where the imagination can flourish.  It was set up by Ivy, Duchess of Portland in 1978 and is still based on the historic ducal estate of Welbeck, home to the Dukes of Portland and their families since 1607.  In all our work we celebrate the handmade and encourage the enjoyment of the visual arts.


We have two exhibition spaces; The Harley Gallery and The Portland Collection, which have both won awards for their architecture.  Both are free admission and have a changing programme of exhibitions and events.

The Harley Gallery shows exhibitions from leading contemporary artists and makers, with exhibitions changing quarterly. The Portland Collection displays the internationally significant fine and decorative art collection of the Dukes of Portland and their families.

Events and Education

Our events programme aims to entertain and inform, offering an approach to art and heritage that is relaxed and jargon-free.  We have monthly gallery walk and talks, children’s trails and gallery activities as well as art clubs and half-term family workshops.  In addition, we offer tours of the State Rooms at Welbeck Abbey where visitors can see art and objects from The Portland Collection in their historic setting – the grand entertaining rooms of an aristocratic family.

Our Education Studio is located in the heart of the Harley Studio complex and our education programme offers school workshops and practical art clubs for all ages.

The Harley Pottery Studio was set up in 2016 following a generous gift from Nottinghamshire County Council.   It offers a full range of classes and facilities and can be hired by artists looking to undertake particular projects.

Services for Artists

We have three blocks of purpose-built artist studios, The Harley Studios, which range in size and are offered at subsidised rates to local artists.


The Harley Foundation – Registered Charity Number 276611

The Harley Gallery Trading Limited Company No. 08083700 (England and Wales)

VAT No. GB 137 2648 06