The partnership will see the Harley Foundation open a new ceramic studio, become the custodians of the county council’s ceramics collection and be ‘gifted’ studio equipment from the council to host ceramics workshops for the public.
Peter Gaw, Group Manager for Libraries, Archives and Information Services, at Notts County Council, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to formally develop our links with the Harley Foundation Charitable Trust. As a county council we are committed to developing innovative relationships with partners and continuing to support the countywide provision of arts services.”
Lisa Gee, Director, of the Harley Foundation, said: “The Harley Foundation is excited about the possibilities of developing a ceramics studio at Welbeck that can be used by artists, schools and community groups. We look forward to continued partnership working with Notts County Council in the future.”
The county council plans to develop an online catalogue through the proposed partnership with the Harley Foundation, a partnership it believes will maintain the collection’s integrity and enable the county council to maintain ownership of the collection.
The partnership would also enable the Harley Foundation to expand its existing community and schools outreach programme, which specialises in visual arts and crafts, to include ceramic courses for the public.
The plans form part of the county council’s commitment to ‘Doing things differently’.