Opening on March 18th, The Grand Tour 2016 is a collection of fantastic exhibitions, ones that would have been inspirational enough to tempt the original grand tourists, such as Lord Byron.
The Grand Tour is the formative cultural experience of the 18th century traveller – made modern day. It invites you to view the treasures of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire through the eyes of today’s leading artists.
The second season of The Grand Tour will take place from March to June 2016, with four of the UK’s most distinguished cultural institutions – Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, Derby Museums and The Harley Gallery Welbeck – joining forces to create the ultimate exhibition programme, in a cultural journey for today’s Grand Tourist.
Contemporary artists Turner Prize-winner Simon Starling, Rose English, and Sir Peter Blake, will present work drawing on the rich collections in this fascinating region.
The Grand Tour offers a chance to see great houses, extraordinary art collections and romantic landscapes; interpreted anew by some of today’s most exciting contemporary artists.
A two-part display will be on show at The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, featuring an exhibition of original collages from Turner Prize winning, Sir Peter Blake’s celebrated ‘World Tour’ series’. Rose English’s art will relate to the equestrian history of Welbeck.
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.
Nottingham Contemporary will present a major solo exhibition by Turner Prize winner Simon Starling – his largest exhibition in the UK to date and will include a selection of his installation works, many unseen in the UK before, in addition to a major new commission.
the Grand Tour of the 18th and 19th centuries through the experiences of Derbyshire travellers, including Joseph Wright himself.
practice of the Grand Tour through the eyes of the Devonshire families’ own
continental travels, displaying important works seldom on show.