Rose English and Sir Peter Blake at The Harley Gallery

20 March – 5 June 2016

A double-bill of exhibitions will be on show at The Harley Gallery, featuring original collages from Sir Peter Blake’s celebrated ‘World Tour’ series’ and a collection of horse related works from influential performance artist Rose English’s, juxtaposed with objects and manuscripts from Welbeck’s rich equestrian history.

Pop Art icon Sir Peter Blake shows original collages from his ‘World Tour’ series’, inspired by journeys –both real and imagined. Blake is renowned for his collages, and this series, shows his mastery of the technique. These pieces might include images from postcards, magazines or found ephemera.

Rose English’s will juxtapose a selection of her horse related works with objects and manuscripts from the Portland Collection relating to the equestrian history of Welbeck.  This will include the celebrated 17th Century treatise Le Méthode et Invention Nouvelle de Dresser les Chevaux by William Cavendish which is gloriously illustrated with engravings of horses in training and diagrams of their movements in the arena.

Her installation Quadrille (1975) consists of material from a performance English presented in the dressage arena at a horse show in which six dancers dressed in equine costumes including real horse hoof high heels and horse tail belts performed a choreography based on classical dressage movements. Other works in the exhibition include photo documentation of performance Pegasus (1975) presented in Edwinstowe forest, Nottinghamshire.

The Harley Gallery – FREE – 10am-5pm (Mon-Sat) 10am-4.00pm (Sun)


For information on travelling to The Harley Gallery please visit our Travelling around the Grand Tour page.