Get ready for The Grand Tour’s second season

The second season of The Grand Tour will take place from March to June with  Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, Derby Museums and The Harley Gallery at Welbeck joining forces to create the ultimate exhibition programme, in a cultural journey for today’s Grand Tourist.

Turner Prize-winner Simon Starling, together with Sir Peter Blake and influential performance artist Rose English have been invited to show their work alongside masterpieces and hidden gems from the venues’ own collections, offering unprecedented access to both contemporary works and old masters.

A two-part display will be on show at The Harley Gallery, featuring an exhibition of original collages from Sir Peter Blake’s celebrated World Tour series and Rose English’s collection of her horse-related works (pictured above) juxtaposed with objects and manuscripts from Welbeck’s rich equestrian history.

Nottingham Contemporary will present a major solo show by Simon Starling, including both a comprehensive retrospective of his installation pieces to date, many unseen in the UK, and two new commissions, one referring to Nottingham lace production in the area surrounding the gallery.

Derby Museums’ exhibition Joseph Wright and the Lure of Italy will explore the Grand Tour of the 18th and 19th centuries through the experiences of Derbyshire travellers, including Joseph Wright himself.

Treasures from some of the county’s greatest houses and families have been generously lent for this special show, including works by 18th century master Pompeo Batoni, as well as early Italian Renaissance artists, to sit alongside Derby Museums’ own rich collection.

Some of these items will be on public show for the first time.

Chatsworth’s exhibition, A Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection, celebrates the practice of the Grand Tour through the eyes of the Devonshire family’s own continental travels, displaying important works seldom on show, including two Canaletto, Domenichino’s Madonna delle Rose, pictured left, sketches by Inigo Jones, and a collection of drawings by Flemish painter Sebastian Vrancx, previously unseen at Chatsworth.

Sir Peter Bazalgette of Arts Council England, said: “This ambitious project is a great illustration of the link between culture, tourism and our regional economies.”

The exhibitions open on March 18. For more details go to http://www.thegrandtour.uk.com