Ivy, Duchess of Portland set up The Harley Foundation in 1977. It is a charitable trust which works to encourage the enjoyment of the visual arts and to celebrate the handmade.
The Foundation works to create spaces where the imagination can flourish. It funds The Harley Gallery and The Portland Collection, which have both won awards for their architecture. The galleries are in The Courtyard at Welbeck, they are free to enter and show a changing programme of art exhibitions.
The Harley Gallery shows exhibitions from leading contemporary artists and makers, with exhibitions changing roughly 5 times a year. The Portland Collection displays the historic art collection of the Dukes of Portland and their families, who have been at Welbeck since 1607. Further objects are often shown, for example in the miniatures and book displays. The gallery will be entirely rehung with a new selection of pieces from the Collection every 3 years.
THE HARLEY STUDIOS
The Harley Studios are peaceful, private workspaces which are home to a community of designers, artists, makers and conservation specialists.
The studios are open to visitors by appointment only, and during the ‘Open Studio’ event at the Welbeck Winter Weekend. Many of the artists in The Harley Studios also run practical workshops.