The Grand Tour season two announced: works by Sir Peter Blake, Rose English and Simon Starling to feature alongside Old Masters in the country’s most extraordinary cultural journey
Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, Derby
Museums, The Harley Gallery, Welbeck
Left to Right – Venice: a view of the Doge’s Palace and the Riva degli Schiavoni from the Piazzetta, Canaletto; Pegasus by Rose English’ Vesuvius in Eruption by Joseph Wright of Derby; La Source by Simon Starling
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.
Turner Prize-winner Simon Starling, together with Sir Peter Blake and influential performance artist Rose English have been invited to show their work alongside masterpieces and hidden gems from the venues’ own collections, offering unprecedented access to both contemporary works and old masters. A two-part display will be on show at The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, featuring an exhibition of original collages from Sir Peter Blake’s celebrated ‘World Tour’ series’ and influential performance artist Rose English’s collection of her horse-related works, juxtaposed with objects and manuscripts from Welbeck’s rich equestrian history. The Grand Tour Season 2 will coincide with the opening of The Harley Gallery’s brand new exhibition space, dedicated to Welbeck’s historic Portland Collection of fine and decorative arts.
Nottingham Contemporary will present a major solo show by Simon Starling, including both a comprehensive retrospective of his installation pieces to date, many unseen in the UK, and two new commissions, one referring to Nottingham lace production in the area surrounding the gallery. In keeping with Starling’s fascination with the process of transformation of an object or substance into another – often the focal point of his work – Derby Museums will lend Joseph Wright’s master piece ‘The Alchymist Discovering Phosphorous’ to Nottingham Contemporary as an integral part of Starling’s exhibition.
Derby Museums’ exhibition ‘Joseph Wright and the Lure of Italy’ will explore the Grand Tour of the 18th and 19th centuries through the experiences of Derbyshire travellers, including Joseph Wright himself. Treasures from some of the county’s greatest houses and families have been generously lent for this special show, including works by 18th century master Pompeo Batoni, as well as early Italian Renaissance artists, to sit alongside Derby Museums’ own rich collection. Some of these items will be on public show for the first time.
Chatsworth’s exhibition ‘A Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection’ celebrates the practice of the Grand Tour through the eyes of the Devonshire families’ own continental travels, displaying important works seldom on show, including two Canaletto, Domenichino’s ‘Madonna delle Rose’, sketches by Inigo Jones, and a collection of drawings by Flemish painter Sebastian Vrancx, previously unseen at Chatsworth.
The Grand Tour is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. This unique programme encourages visitors to discover the wealth of architectural and artistic riches in the region. Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “Our world class arts and culture is one of the top reasons tourists visit England and we’re delighted to be supporting The Grand Tour through our Cultural Destinations programme. This ambitious project is a great illustration of the link between culture, tourism and our regional economies. Season two of the tour promises to be every bit as exciting as the first, with works by Sir Peter Blake, Rose English and Simon Starling. It will give local people and visitors to the area the opportunity to enjoy new works of art inspired by some of the region’s finest historical collections.”
James Berresford, Chief Executive, VisitEngland, said: “As The Grand Tour enters its second season, it’s wonderful to witness this project’s continued commitment to showcasing regional artistry. The Cultural Destinations programme aims to drive local economic growth through delivery of the arts and cultural offering, and the presentation of works by a Turner-Prize winner will undoubtedly attract visitors to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. I welcome continued collaborations between the two destination management organisations and local universities, galleries, museums and artists to celebrate art within the region and propel its cultural journey.”