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A fresh look at old favourites


Discover art at Harewood House

The Terrace Gallery is a dedicated art gallery at Harewood

As an educational charitable trust, our role is to preserve and protect Harewood, it’s collections and grounds for the public benefit. Quite often, people are unaware of how much work goes into keeping a House like Harewood to ensure that this remit is possible.

2015, sees the launch of a new series of displays which will provide you with more detail about the major projects we undertake. The Art of Conservation which is located in the Servants’ Hall, Below Stairs, shows how we care for our collection of Chippendale furniture. From helping to slow down the decay of time to major restoration projects, this is a great behind-the-scenes display suitable for people of all ages.

Mr Turner and Mr Girtin, The Early Years, is a display of Harewood’s collection of 18th century watercolours. This is the first time these world famous artists have been so directly compared. Housed in the Terrace Gallery, the paintings have been hung against clean, white walls so that you can really focus on the differences between these great artists who both painted the same views of Harewood.

Finally, for the start of the season, you can uncover the secrets of the oldest and most expensive rum in the world which was discovered in the cellars of Harewood. See the original 18th century handwritten cellar books and see the rum bottles themselves! The display is available to view on the State Floor, in the Watercolour Rooms.


Kristin Scott Thomas attends launch of New Exhibition

We were thrilled to welcome actress Kristin Scott Thomas to Harewood last week as we officially opened In Pursuit of the Exquisite: Royal Sèvres from Versailles to Harewood. Kirstin, alongside Lord Harewood and co-curator Dame Rosalind Savill, were on hand to introduce the exciting exhibition to the press.

Dame Rosalind Savill brought the exhibition to life with her energy and passion for Sevres. Check out this video for a brief synopsis:

Alongside the Sèvres exhibition, work from three contemporary artists making connections between the past and present. In the Terrace Gallery, Dan Scott explores the poignant life of Queen Marie Antoinette through video and sound, to create intriguing works examining the idea of objects as silent witnesses to history. Below Stairs in the China Cupboards, Michelle Taylor and Livia Marin delicately transform everyday china into unique artworks.

Part of the Yorkshire Festival, this year’s exhibition is not to be missed. Boasting some of Harewood’s rare collection of Sèvres porcelain, the exhibition encapsulates stories from the French Royal Court, the turmoil of the French Revolution and rivalry between Royal English patrons and wealthy Regency dandies.

Harewood is part of the Yorkshire Festival