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We're excited to announce that our ArtSpeak visits are back.

Join us for a visit to the Harley Gallery next month.

We will be visiting the Harley Gallery for a guided walkthrough of their current exhibition Outsider Art//Kindred Spirits on Thursday 16 December. An additional aspect to the visit is that there'll also be a Pottery Painting workshop after the tour of the exhibition.


The Harley Gallery is one of two exhibition spaces on site and offers an extensive programme of exhibitions and events. Exhibitions change on a quarterly basis and include work from leading contemporary artists and makers. The gallery’s aim is to provide a relaxed introduction to arts and heritage by offering events and activities that are fun and informative.


The current exhibition Outsider Art//Kindred Spirits showcases pieces from two collections, The Jerwood Collection and Outside In.

The Jerwood Collection is a nationally recognised leader in the art world comprising of Modern and Contemporary British Art, including works from well known 20th Century Artists including Paula Rego. Their purpose is to give public access to a privately owned collection to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of this period of British Art.

The Outside In collection is made up of exciting new artworks from emerging Outsider artists with disabilities. Founded in 2006, Outside In is now an established national charity that aims to provide a platform for artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation.

‘Kindred Spirits’ sees the two collections collide, provoking thoughts on what it means to be an artist, and how creativity can be used to explore life experiences.

This exhibition is the result of Outside In's first Curating Course, which has been designed to support a wider diversity of curators. It champions new voices and, in doing so, aims to break the traditional mould of organising and delivering exhibitions.


Transport will be provided and the pick up point will be the Forest Recreation Ground Park and Ride.

09:00/09:15, Pick up

10:00 - 10:45, Gallery Tour at the Harley Gallery

The tour will be delivered by Dr Fiona Clapperton, Education and Engagement manager at The Harley. Fiona holds a PhD in 20th Century Social History, and is particularly excited about the contrast between the two collections.

11:00 - 13:00, Pottery Painting Workshop

After the tour of the exhibition, a practical workshop will follow in the Pottery Studio. You will have the opportunity to create your own design for a 6 inch plate. Harley Gallery potter manager, ceramicist Lynne Staniland, will deliver a two hour workshop between 11:00 and 13:00 which will see you paint your design. The plates will then be fired in the kiln for you to take home.

13:00 - 14:00, Free time to look at the shop, revisit the exhibition and get some lunch

14:00, Transport pick up from the gallery

14:45/15:00, Arrive back at the Forest Recreation Ground (The exact timing will depend on the traffic)

The Harley Gallery, A60 Mansfield Road, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. S80 3LW

Cost - £20 to include transport, gallery tour and pottery painting workshop £16 earlybird offer if booked by Sunday 5 December. (Please note. We will not be able to run this visit if we don't have enough participants. If you book and the visit has to be postponed then you will receive a full refund.)

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Other upcoming dates -

December Photography Walk

Wednesday 8 December

11:00 - 13:00

What was the purpose of your last visit to Nottingham City Centre? Were you shopping, socialising or enjoying some of the great cultural assets the City has to offer?

There are a range of wonderful churches in the City, and we’ve decided to use some of them as the focus for our next Photography walk. As the weather turns it’s a good excuse to get indoors and explore the grandeur and beauty of these places of worship steeped in history.

The walk will focus on St Peter’s Church on St Peter’s Gate and St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market. Both churches have been at the heart of the city for centuries, and their towers have always been a prominent part of the townscape. With impressive exteriors and stunning interiors, there are an array of options to focus on for photographic shots. You could aim to capture the essence of each venue and how they made you feel or compose close ups, concentrate on detail or take abstract shots.

After exploring both churches, the walk will end with a visit to Nottingham Contemporary to see their current exhibition, Our Silver City, 2094. Our Silver City asks: How might art envision, prototype and practice new ways of being in the uncertain future? Who were “we” before we became “we”? Where are we going? And how might we get there?

Our Photography walks are sociable and relaxed. They are a great opportunity to meet others and build confidence in your photography skills. Led by a Photography tutor, each walk is designed to give you a chance to try out different techniques and discover new photographic interests.

Walks are suitable for all levels of photographic skill and experience, just bring along a camera or camera phone. Routes will be planned to ensure they are accessible for all participants. However, please inform us of any access requirements you have when booking.

There is a £5 participation fee. To book your place click here

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