Young artists to headline their own exhibition

16 August 2019

Young artists to headline their own exhibition

Young artists are to see their work exhibited amongst rare treasures and the art of Old Masters when The Portland Collection reopens on 14 September.

The exhibition is the result of a unique Literacy Project at The Harley Gallery, which was carried out in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council to support vulnerable children and help them improve their social skills and confidence.

Dr Petula Bhojwani and Craig Wilkie, from the County Council, worked with the children to help them create their own artwork and stories inspired by The Portland Collection Miniatures. Their work will be shown in The Harley Gallery and will be linked with the brand-new exhibition in The Portland Collection

A display of The Portland Collection miniatures


The Trustees of the Harley Foundation have been overwhelmed by the success of the storytelling project. William Parente, Chair of the Trustees, said: “In a long career in the arts and education I don’t think I have come across anything quite so imaginative, so admirable, so successful. The engagement of the children in their stories was quite remarkable, and the creativity and diversity of those stories wonderful to behold.”

Dr Bhojwani said: “Carers and teachers reported that the young people soon became absorbed in unknown worlds and created something new from something very old. The outcomes are stunning and the learning that has taken place is remarkable. We are grateful for The Harley Gallery’s support for the project. Access to a museum collection and opportunity for children to exhibit alongside has not been done before and I feel privileged to have shared news of the project with an international audience at the UK Literary Association Conference.”

To find out more about the project, why not join the 30-minute Literacy Project walk and talk tour with Education and Outreach Manager, Dayle Green, at 12noon on 27 September? While the tour is free, booking is advisable as places are limited. Call 01909 501 700 or email to book.