Sir Peter Blake and Rose English
20 March – 5 June 2016
Free to all
Part of the Grand Tour programme, this two-part display combines Blake's celebrated collages with horse-related works by performance artist Rose English.
This spring four exhibitions open simultaneously across Nottingham and Derbyshire for the second year of a modern reimagining of The Grand Tour.
At the newly reopened Harley Gallery Pop Art icon Sir Peter Blake is showing the original collages from his World Tour series. Composed of images cut from postcards, magazines and other found ephemera, the works capture crowds of historical figures either dancing in the streets of Paris, sailing down the Thames in London or strolling the promenades of Nice.
Meanwhile Rose English presents a selection of her equestrian-themed performance art, notably one piece in which six dancers dressed in equine costumes – including real horse hoof high heels and horse tail belts – performed a routine based on classical dressage movements at a live horse show.
Her work is shown alongside complementary objects and manuscripts from the gallery's collection, such as 17th century treatise Le Méthode et Invention Nouvelle de Dresser les Chevaux by William Cavendish which is elaborately illustrated with engravings of horses in training and diagrams of their movements in the arena.
In a second exhibition at the gallery Blake turns curator, selecting highlights from The Portland Collection of miniatures for display in the brand new exhibition space.