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Harley Foundation Summer 2023 – Winter 2023 Listings Information

There are plenty of exciting events happening this year at the Harley Foundation on the historic Welbeck estate in Nottinghamshire.

The 5th Duke of Portland: Tunnel Vision

Continuing throughout 2023 and 2024

Illustrating the life of the elusive 5th Duke of Portland, who owned Welbeck during the Victorian period. The 5th Duke is famous for his extraordinary buildings, including miles of tunnels under the estate. This exhibition reveals his life beyond the tunnels – including lost love and amazing art collecting.

Unseen Treasures of the Portland Collection

Continuing until 31 December 2025

Revealing 400 years of world-class art. See works that have not been exhibited before, alongside much-loved showstoppers from the ducal art collection. With a portrait gallery stacked with Tudor and Jacobean portraits, the earring worn by Charles I at his execution, and Michelangelo’s Madonna del Silenzio.

Supported by Bonhams.

In Good Company: Lucille Lewin and Nicole Farhi

1 July 2023- 24 September 2023

A double-bill of sculpture exhibitions from Lucille Lewin and Nicole Farhi. Both made their names as acclaimed fashion designers, and have now embarked on new careers as sculptors. See Lucille Lewin’s Second Nature and Nicole Farhi’s Heads

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Other Stories: Celebrating 60 Years of Illustration by John Burningham

7 October 2023 – 7 January 2024

The first major retrospective from the celebrated children’s illustrator and author. Featuring artwork from family favourites Borka, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Avocado Baby (as well as many more).


The Harley Foundation is on the Welbeck estate, on the A60 south of Worksop. It is 15 minutes from both the A1 and M1.

The Harley Gallery and Portland Collection Museum are open Tuesday – Sunday and are free to enter with free parking.

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