Guided tour of Harley Gallery exhibition

Harley Gallery on the Welbeck EstateVisitors to The Harley Gallery can follow in the footsteps of  the Welbeck Estate’s own Cavendish-Bentinck family in an intimate guided tour by curator, Gareth Hughes, as he describes the adventures of an 18th century traveller on the ‘Grand Tour’.

The free half hour session, running from 12pm to 12.30pm  tomorrow July 31, will shed light on the destinations typically enjoyed by wealthy young aristocrats, including Paris, Venice and Rome as the culmination of their classical education.

Drawing on the Welbeck Estate’s extensive history, Gareth will also discuss members of the Cavendish-Bentinck family, including the 3rd Duke of Portland, who embarked on a three-year Grand Tour, spending most of his time in Italy studying architecture.

Taking place in the gallery’s exhibition space, guests will also have a chance to look around Harley’s current show, Elements of Architecture: Corridors and Welbeck Tunnels, its contribution to the current ‘Grand Tour’ of cultural venues in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Running until September 20 at the private estate that inspired it, Rem Koolhaas’s exhibition looks at the fundamentals that make up buildings.

The exhibition takes its name from William Cavendish’s Grand Tour companion, Sir Henry Wotton, who wrote a book entitled ‘Elements of Architecture’ in 1625. These 15 themed displays were part of Koolhaas’ exhibition as curator of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, exploring the features that make up the architecture of buildings, such as floors, fireplaces and escalators.

Photographs by Walter Niedermayr accompany the exhibition which contextualises the tunnel architecture at Welbeck by presenting photographs of other functional spaces, such as prisons, hospitals, schools and monasteries.

The Harley Gallery is situated on the Welbeck Estate, south of Worksop.