Worksop: £5m project to extend the Harley Gallery

The Harley Gallery is building a new gallery space which will house the historic Portland collection of fine and decorative arts.

By Sophie Wills
Wednesday, 7th May 2014, 11:00 am
The design for the new gallery space
The design for the new gallery space

The project, costing £5 million and funded through private philanthrophy, will also be the subject of an exhibition aiming to give visitors a ‘behind the scenes’ look at architecture.

Showing 11th June- 10th August, the exhibition will feature intricate models for the new gallery by architect Hugh Broughton and exhibition designer John Ronayne.

The models will be accompanied by a specially commissioned film about the project, giving visitors an insight into the new gallery and the processes behind its creation.

Lisa Gee, director of the Harley Gallery and Foundation, said: “At a time when we often hear about spending cuts, it is fantastic to be able to develop a cultural facility for Nottinghamshire, particularly as public subsidy for the arts is diminishing.”

Hugh Broughton architects were appointed to design the gallery after a tightly fought competition.

They have created buildings such as the Halley VI Antarctic Station and the new, copper encrusted wing of the Maistone Museum.

The new building will be located alongside the Harley Gallery, within the walls of the old kitchen gardens of Welbeck Abbey.

Work will commence on Monday 12th May.

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