Art masters are back at Welbeck and Nottingham Contemporary for second Grand Tour

Sir Peter Blake's Paris, Dancing will be one of the pieces featured in the Grand Tour event at the Harley Gallery in Welbeck
Sir Peter Blake's Paris, Dancing will be one of the pieces featured in the Grand Tour event at the Harley Gallery in Welbeck

The second season of The Grand Tour starts next month with the Harley Gallery in Welbeck and Nottingham Contemporary both involved.

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 in Welbeck from March 20 to June 5, featuring an exhibition of original collages from Sir Peter Blake’s celebrated World Tour series and influential performance artist Rose English’s collection of her horse-related works, juxtaposed with objects and manuscripts from Welbeck’s rich equestrian history.

The Grand Tour will coincide with the opening of the Harley’s brand new exhibition space, dedicated to Welbeck’s historic Portland Collection of fine and decorative arts.

From March 19 to June 26, Nottingham Contemporary will present a major exhibition by Simon Starling, including a selection of his installation works – many unseen in the UK before, a major new commission and a new work which resonates with Nottingham’s lace production in the area surrounding the gallery.

The Grand Tour is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

This unique programme encourages visitors to discover the wealth of architectural and artistic riches in the region.

James Berresford, chief executive of Visit England, said: “As The Grand Tour enters its second season, it’s wonderful to witness this project’s continued

commitment to showcasing regional artistry.

“The Cultural Destinations programme aims to drive local economic growth through delivery of the arts and cultural offering, and the presentation of works by a Turner-Prize winner will undoubtedly attract visitors to Derbyshire.

“I welcome continued collaborations between the destination management organisations and local universities, galleries, museums and artists to celebrate art within the region and propel its cultural journey.”