The Harley Gallery
- | 01909 501700
- | www.harleygallery.co.uk
- Free entry to all.
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Home to the historic Portland Collection of fine and decorative art, the gallery also hosts exhibitions featuring leading contemporary artists.
Harley Gallery was designed by local architect Leo Godlewski and constructed within the ruins of the Welbeck Estate gasworks. The gasworks were originally built in 1860 by the 5th Duke of Portland to light his network of underground tunnels and apartments. After the switch to electric the gasworks became redundant and the building was used for storage from 1928 until 1990. The gallery opened in 1994 after a three and a half year building project.
The gallery houses the historic Portland Collection, consisting of ceramics, jewellery, silver, books, miniatures, textiles, furniture and paintings. It was built up over hundreds of years by the Dukes of Portland and their families. Key pieces include two works by George Stubbs and the pearl earring worn by Charles I at his execution.
The Harley Shop was set up to showcase and support artists and makers by providing a retail outlet for their work. Every item is specially selected by gallery manager Susan Sherrit and her team.