The Harley Gallery is delighted to announce a new programme of events as part of its anniversary, which includes a talk with one of the UK’s leading portrait photographers, Rory Lewis, whose work is exhibited in many public collections.

Rory’s work has met with critical acclaim; his subjects include royalty, former Prime Ministers and Hollywood stars. His recent project ‘Soldiery’, that documents the changing face of the British Army has been hailed a national success.

Taking place on 15th June, ‘Learning from history, the art of portraits’ will be a chance for visitors to the gallery to find out more about the processes behind Rory’s work and why he thinks reality is key. In a time of Instagram and social media filters, there has never been a better time to celebrate the reality of us human- beings.

On describing his work, Rory said: “I’m a realist photographer, so I like to capture everything- the grey hairs, blotchy skin, all the details and lines.”
Director of The Harley Gallery and Trustee of The Harley Foundation, Lisa Gee said: “2019 is the gallery’s 25th anniversary and it’s a year where we see once again the wealth of talent and individuality of artists currently working in the UK today. I’d urge people who’ve never visited the gallery before to come and see us. We programme such diverse work and engage with such a range of artists, we truly believe that we offer something for everyone.” Other talks across the 25th anniversary year are-

Saturday 13 July, 12pm
Putting on a show Natalie Rudd, senior curator Arts Council Collection
‘In My Shoes’ explores the enduring presence of self-portraiture within contemporary art and culture. Natalie Rudd has curated many exhibitions using collections of modern and contemporary British art. This talk anticipates the re-opening of The Portland Collection which contains one of the largest collections of historic oil painted portraits.

Saturday 10 August, 12pm
21st c. technology and 18th c. pioneers Michael Eden, designer My Portland Vase was made because it is a much- loved object that was famously copied by Josiah Wedgwood, who borrowed the original Roman glass vase owned by the Duchess of Portland.
Michael’s talk with reflect upon the 18th century and the individuals involved with the rise of modern science and he will talk about his own work using digital technologies.

Saturday 14 September, 12pm
Delicacies from a Duchess Philippa Glanville OBE, “I’m interested in how silver tableware, family papers and other objects can reveal fascinating insights into food and dining and lives lived long ago.”
Margaret Duchess of Portland not only collected recipes and taught the art of table laying, but also designed silver for serving her desserts.

Saturday 12 October, 12 pm
Simon Garfield, author – How small things illuminate the World.
Simon is the author of a number of acclaimed books of non-fiction. In his book ‘In Miniature’ he takes a big look at small things and explores what fuels the appeal of the miniature in us.

Tickets for each talk are: £7.50. Book your place by calling t: 01909 501700 or visit The Harley Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm and all
exhibitions are free.

The Harley Gallery
The Harley Gallery is where old and new come together. Celebrating its 25-year anniversary in 2019, the award-winning gallery shows contemporary exhibitions by leading visual artists. The Portland Collection gallery exhibits art from Welbeck’s historic collection, with new displays due summer 2019*

Additional attractions include events, a café, farm shop and children’s activity area. * The Portland Collection gallery is currently closed in preparation.

Welbeck is a historic country estate which works to develop inspiring spaces in which to create and innovate. It is home to a community of artisan producers, craftspeople and businesses. Visit The Courtyard at Welbeck for great food, great art and great shopping – all within Welbeck’s beautiful rural setting. The Courtyard is open daily 10am – 5pm (4pm Sundays). Free entry. Free parking.