Linder, The Goddess Who Makes All Principles Work, 2017. Copyright the artist and Modern Art, London

The Grand Tour: Season 3

Take a journey across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire experiencing the treasures of its museums and galleries.

The Grand Tour returns for its third edition from March to June 2018, with an exceptional programme of exhibitions at four of the UK’s most distinguished arts institutions: Chatsworth, Nottingham Contemporary, The Harley Gallery at Welbeck and Derby Museums.

This season’s Grand Tour explores artistic process and industrial creation, yet each venue is unique, showing the diversity and cultural richness of the region. Inspired by the grand tours of the 18th century traveller, this modern-day interpretation offers a chance to see extraordinary art collections, great houses and romantic landscapes, fused with some of today’s most exciting contemporary artists.

This season of the Grand Tour features British contemporary artist Linder, known for her photomontages. Following an artist-residency, Linder will exhibit new works inspired by the collection at Chatsworth. Linder has taken inspiration from her unique surroundings – from the aromatic plants on the estate, oral histories, and the sounds of the house.

Nottingham Contemporary will host a major retrospective of Linder, spanning four decades of her work, from photomontages to costumes. Her work is displayed alongside a constellation of influences, featuring more than 100 works by some 50 practitioners including artists, designers, architects, musicians and photographers.

The Harley Gallery, in collaboration with the British artist Clare Twomey, explore life on the historic Welbeck estate through a series of lithopanes, shedding light on hidden worlds and forgotten processes.

Derby Museum and Art Gallery look back at the region’s industrial history through both historic artifacts and artistic interpretation.


This Grand Tour series builds on the success of previous years. The first season saw Pablo Bronstein bring treasures from Chatsworth House to Nottingham Contemporary, while the second season in 2017 was a selected retrospective of Simon Starling, including a major painting by Joseph Wright of Derby.


The Grand Tour is a partnership of Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, Derby Museum and Art Gallery and The Harley Gallery, together with Visit Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District & Derbyshire.

  • The History of the Grand Tour in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

  • Welbeck Estate William Cavendish, who owned Welbeck and was pivotal in the development of dressage, went on a grand tour. He spent a lot of time in Italy studying classical architecture, particularly in Turin and Milan (from which he brought back a saddle and a horse). He took his Grand Tour with Sir Henry Wotton, who wrote a book titled “Elements of Architecture” in 1625 – the title of Rem Koolhaas’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale. 3rd Duke of Portland’s Grand Tour He went on his grand tour after obtaining his MA from Oxford University, and his travels included Germany,…

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