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The Grand Tour

Chatsworth, Nottingham Contemporary, Derby Museums and the Harley Gallery

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The Grand Tour

Friday 18 March - Thursday 30 June 2016

The Grand Tour Season Two

Feast your eyes on the cream of classical and contemporary art on a Grand Tour with a 21st century twist across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Tuck into a sumptuous menu of timeless Old Masters and specially-commissioned works by a Turner Prize-winning artist in stunning countryside settings and stylish city venues..

The Grand Tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone to experience a slice of the cultural action that was once the exclusive preserve of 17th and 18th century aristocrats.

It’s the perfect recipe for a few days away to enjoy the very best of the area’s heritage, historic houses, galleries, museums, rural landscapes and city life.

Cherry pick your own route through Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire during the second season of The Grand Tour from March to June 2016 at:

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck Estate

The Harley Gallery will show exhibitions from Rose English and Sir Peter Blake, inspired by Welbeck’s historic Portland Collection.

Performance artist Rose English will reveal a retrospective of her equestrian themed work, informed by Welbeck’s rich heritage of horsemanship.

See original collages from Blake’s World Tour series and experience the sights of The Grand Tour through the eyes of one of the country’s most iconic artists.

Nottingham Contemporary

Turner Prize winner Simon Starling will stage a major solo exhibition - his largest in the UK to date - featuring many works that have not been seen in Britain before.

Industry will be the main theme, though the exhibition will also revisit the art of the aristocratic Grand Tours, and will include Joseph Wright’s famous work, ‘The Alchemist Discovering Phosphorous’.


Chatsworth, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire, will celebrate The Grand Tour and continental travel from the perspective of the family’s own cultural travels.

From the 2nd Earl’s adventures with famous philosopher Thomas Hobbes to Georgiana, 5th Duchess of Devonshire’s exile on the continent, ‘A Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection’ will showcase what they saw, where they went – and what they and their contemporaries bought.

The exhibition will include important and rarely-seen works by Canaletto and the sketch books of Inigo Jones and Van Dyck.

Chatsworth’s Old Master Drawings Cabinet will host artists’ impressions of what the original Grand Tourists saw on their travels, and will start with ‘Rome in Ruins’ by Sebastian Vrancx.

Derby Museums

Joseph Wright’s formative years in Italy will be highlighted against the backdrop of the wider collections and experiences of Derbyshire’s Grand Tourists and a contemporary perspective from Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Starling.

Two previously lost paintings by Wright will be revealed for the first time since restoration obscured them in 1960.

For plenty of ideas and inspiration on where to stay, what to visit, where to eat and what to do – plus full details of Fringe events at other venues - visit

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