Behind the Scenes – installing an exhibition

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: New Rhythms

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The new Henri Gaudier-Brzeska; New Rhythms  exhibition in the Terrace Gallery is composed of important artworks belonging to Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Harewood House Trust and a number of other private and institutional lenders.  A few days before being the exhibition is installed and then opened to the public, the artworks are shipped to Harewood House, the fine art transport truck provided by a specialist fine art shipping company. The inside of the truck is padded and all the crates are strapped to avoid any movement during the transportation.  You can see the strapped wooden crate in which The Wrestlers bas-relief was transported on the right bottom corner of the first picture: over 100 kg!

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Crates and showcases are unloaded by the shippers and Harewood Collections department to a temporary storage or directly in the Terrace Gallery where the exhibition will be held. Once the Terrace Gallery walls are prepared, the installation can start: stands and showcases are carefully positioned and artworks are installed according to a pre-planned the installation plan, vinyls, panels and labels (`interpretation`) are positioned on the wall after the final positioning of the artworks, film and video media are installed  and the exhibition lighting is adjusted.

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Photographs: Olivia Bayley and Marie-Astrid Martin

Harewood joins the Children’s University as a Learning Destination for Leeds

Harewood is pleased to announce we have become part of the Children’s University as a validated Learning Destination. Remember to bring your Passport to Learning next time you visit Harewood, and you can earn up to two Children’s University stamps per visit, partaking in an exciting range of learning activities across the House and Grounds:

  • Complete our family trails and learn about trees, Red kites and what life was like Below Stairs
  • Pick up a Little Explorer Bag complete with giant magnifying glass and hunt minibeasts or go bird watching
  • Practice your formal letter writing skills and write a letter to the fairies at our fairy tree.
  • Become a Victorian Kitchen Hand: Dress up in different outfits and imagine what life was like working in Harewood House.
  • Complete our range of worksheets and learn more about the objects in Harewood House
  • Create a memory of your day with our Journey Stick activity

Remember to drop by the Information Centre before the end of your visit, to collect your stamps.

Discovering the Old Kitchen at Harewood House

About the Children’s University

Launched in November 2014, and based at Leeds Trinity University, Leeds Children’s University™ aims to promote social mobility by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours to children aged seven to 14. The ambition of Leeds Children’s University™ is to raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning, so that young people can make the most of their abilities and interests, regardless of the background into which they were born.

In May this year, further profile was given to Leeds Children’s University™ when professional footballer and current England international player, James Milner, was announced as the first Chancellor of Leeds Children’s University™. Currently more than 600 children across Leeds, from seven schools, are benefitting from being part of the University and it is hoped this figure will rise to more than 1,000 by the end of the year.

To broaden the young pupils’ horizons further, Leeds Children’s University™ has this week confirmed 17 organisations have been appointed as validated Learning Destinations, including ourselves here at Harewood.

When children enrol at Leeds Children’s University™ they are issued learning passports which are then stamped every time they complete an activity at different Learning Destinations across the area. When 30 stamps are collected they are awarded a certificate and will officially graduate from Leeds Children’s University™.

For more information on our local Children’s University in Leeds, click here.

Summer of Sculpture Launched at Harewood

Harewood is pleased to announce two exciting exhibitions celebrating sculptural works by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Thomas J Price.  The elegant, contemporary sculptures reflect the artist’s fascination with the human form; dynamic movement in Gaudier and subtle facial and body expression in Price. Working 100 years apart, both artists have taken inspiration from the cultural trends of their day to create powerful bronze works which can be enjoyed throughout the summer in the historic setting of Harewood House.

4th July – 1st November, Watercolour Rooms, State Floor
Thomas J Price: Recent Works

Harewood House has a Thomas Price exhibition

Thomas J Prices’ works all share a preoccupation with the body, particularly the face. Price is fascinated in the minute detail of body language and facial expression, the ability to suggest a state of mind without words, with just a flicker of an eye or the clenching of fists. The cast bronze sculptures are presented in a seemingly traditional manner, on reclaimed plinths in the historic, Georgian setting of Harewood.

11th July – 1st November, Terrace Gallery
New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: Art, Dance and Movement in London 1911 – 1915

Harewood House in Yorkshire has Gaudia Brzeska sculpture

Harewood will be the only venue to receive a major new exhibition from Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, featuring work by renowned French-born sculptor and draughtsman, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. It is the first time Brzeska’s fascination with dance and movement has been fully explored. New Rhythms brings together sculpture, drawing, photography, film, and archive material in a display which marks the centenary of his untimely death, killed in action at the age of 23 near Arras at Neuville-Saint-Vaast in WW1. Harewood’s own Brzeska sculpture Firebird will be on display in the exhibition.

Ensure you don’t miss out on CLA Game Fair advanced ticket discounts! Offer ends on Monday 20 July!

CLA Game Fair

Visitors that haven’t yet bought tickets for this year’s CLA Game Fair are encouraged to go to the CLA Game Fair website as soon as possible to ensure they benefit from advanced ticket discount prices.

The advance ticket discounts for this year’s event, to be held at Harewood House in Yorkshire from Friday 31 July until Sunday 2 August, ends on at midnight on Monday 20th July.

Buying advanced tickets via the Game Fair website means visitors can take advantage of significant savings: a one-day adult ticket for the Friday costs just £30 online, giving a £5 saving on the gate price of £35. Advance one-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost £25, a saving of £5 on the gate. In addition each adult ticket also allows free entry for a junior visitor up to the age of 16 and free parking, making it superb value for money.

Advance online Adult ticket prices will increase to £34 for Friday and £29 for Saturday or Sunday ensuring purchasing online continues to be worthwhile compared to purchasing on the gate—and of course you will beat the queues!

Two and three-day tickets, which are only available online will remain at a discounted price for the Friday and Saturday or Friday and Sunday costing £50 while a two-day ticket for the Saturday and Sunday is just £45. An adult ticket for all three days is £75. Senior citizens also benefit from reduced prices for advanced tickets.

Tony Wall, Director of the CLA Game Fair commented: “Our advance ticket prices really do offer some great savings which make the CLA Game Fair even better value for money! Buying tickets via our website is both easy and quick so please do go online now. After all why pay more?”

For more detail, visit

The Art and Antiques Fair at Harewood returns

The fourth annual Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood opens from Friday 11 September until Sunday 13 September 2015 in The Marquee in the grounds of Harewood House, Harewood, near Leeds in West Yorkshire LS17 9LQ, organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited and supported by Knight Frank’s Harrogate office. Antiques Fair ticket holders will have the added advantage of access to Harewood’s grounds and ‘below stairs’, as well as a special ticket price offer to visit the House’s state rooms and current exhibitions, over the three days of the Fair.  Harewood members will receive free entry to the Fair and free parking. Antiques Fair tickets cost £5 each on the door or in advance.

An exquisite array of fine art and antiques will be for sale, including silver, antiquities, jewellery and watches, paintings, clocks and barometers, glass, traditional and country furniture, books, English and Continental ceramics, contemporary and 19th century sculpture, objets d’art and much more. The majority of the high calibre dealers, convening at The Marquee at Harewood from around the country, are members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association or LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, the two main UK bodies governing the antiques trade.

Local silver dealers, Jack Shaw & Co from Ilkely offers a wide selection of silver, including pieces made in York: a set of three Victorian meat dishes, £6,750, a seal top spoon, c1650, £1,875 and a George III cruet set, £2,250.  Malka Levine brings an impressive pair of Sheffield plate wine coolers, c1820, priced at £4,800, as well as a pair of Mappin & Webb silver vases, 1925, with a price tag of £1,200.

Olde Time has a diverse collection of clocks and barometers. One highlight is a cast bronze elephant clock surmounted by a figure blowing a shell, 16½” high, c1860, £12,950, possibly by Miroy Frères, Paris.  The elephant’s trunk is raised, which is a sign of good luck, and it stands on an ormolu rococo base.

TV personality and antiques dealer Mike Melody of Melody Antiques, from Chester, deals in oak country furniture, including a matched set of six ash and elm Lancashire  spindle back chairs, c1830,  priced at £1,495 for the set and a late 19th century Orkney  chair, £975.  S&S Timms Antiques has an exceptionally rare Queen Anne period walnut miniature chest on stand, with original brassware, raised on cabriole legs, c1710, £14,500 and a Queen Anne walnut wing back armchair, c1710, £9,500.

With this being the year commemorating the Battle of Waterloo 200 years ago, a Baccarat crystal glass paperweight of bottle form with a sulphide inclusion of Napoleon, c1840

£1,600 is fitting and to be found on Mark J West’s stand. Jewellery and precious objects from T Robert include an 18ct gold and platinum calibrated emerald, diamond and natural pearl Belle Epoque necklace, c1910, £4,450  and  an exceptional lacquer and multi-gem set Shibiyama double sided table screen, c1880, £1,850. Other jewellery specialists exhibiting include Plaza with designer pieces and Anderson Jones.

Paintings include Owen Bowen’s A Yorkshire Farmhouse, £1,850 from Ashleigh House Fine Art. Bowen (1873-1967) studied at Leeds School of Art and was elected to the Staithes Group in 1904. He painted landscapes in and around Leeds and in Northumberland.  Harry Sutton Palmer’s watercolour of River Ure and Vale of Mowbray near Ripon measures 20¼” x 14½” is priced at £3,800 from Baron Fine Art.

In addition, Tim Phelps of T L Phelps Fine Furniture Restoration will be on hand to advise and show examples of his work. Tim Phelps has worked on restoration of Chippendale furniture at Harewood House.  Advisers from Wilson Mitchell & Co Ltd, a partner practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, will be happy to discuss investments with their clients and other interested visitors.