Linder Sterling, first-ever artist-in-residence at Chatsworth, turns Nottingham Contemporary into ‘The House of Fame’, the Harley Gallery showcases Clare Twomey’s lithophanes and Derby Museums celebrate ‘The Art of Industry’.

The Grand Tour, a cultural journey across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, returns for its third edition from March to June 2018, with an exceptional programme of exhibitions at four of the UK’s most distinguished arts institutions: Chatsworth, Nottingham Contemporary, The Harley Gallery at Welbeck and Derby Museums.

This season’s Grand Tour explores artistic process and industrial creation, yet each venue is unique, showing the diversity and cultural richness of the region. Extraordinary art collections, great historical houses and scenic landscapes are fused with some of today’s most exciting contemporary artists. The Grand Tour is returning after two successful seasons that generated an estimated £32 million towards the local economy. 

For the third season, the influential British artist Linder – known for her photomontages – becomes the first-ever artist resident at Chatsworth. During her residency, Linder will generate images for future works, as well as take inspiration from her unique surroundings – from the aromatic plants on the estate, oral histories, and the sounds of the house. Linder explains how Chatsworth and the concept of time has inspired her new work:

“During my time at Chatsworth, I've become adept at time travel, studying various treasures from the collection in order to steer my course through centuries past. Time here folds in upon itself, it's a very heady sensation, one that's hard to resist. The new works that I'm making in situ will mirror this and all of the above.”

A display of new works from Linder’s residency will be presented at Chatsworth on 24 March – 21 October 2018. The Duke of Devonshire says: “We are tremendously excited to invite Linder to interpret Chatsworth through her own particular lens as she seeks to create new ways to communicate and transport experience of her encounters beyond Chatsworth.”

Linder’s residency at Chatsworth will inform a major new artist-curated exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary (24 March – 17 June 2018). Titled ‘The House of Fame’, this will be the largest retrospective of Linder's work in the UK to date, featuring photomontages and performances from the last 40 years. Linder’s work is displayed alongside a constellation of her influences, featuring more than 100 works by some 50 practitioners, spanning art, photography, fashion, architecture and music, and stretching from the 16th century to new commissions. Sam Thorne, Director of Nottingham Contemporary, says:

“We are delighted to be leading the third season of The Grand Tour, working in collaboration with exciting cultural venues across the region. Linder's exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary will be a collage of old and new, bringing an artist's eye view onto Chatsworth's collection, architecture, history and landscape. We hope to inspire new audiences for contemporary art from across the country and beyond.”

The Harley Gallery's exhibition 'Half in Shadow: Half in Light' (24 March - 30 June 2018), is a collaboration with the British artist Clare Twomey, exploring life on the historic Welbeck estate through a series of lithophanes. The lithophanes uncover Welbeck - a place of great beauty and history - and shed light on hidden worlds and forgotten processes. They tell stories of the contemporary life on the estate, through the lens of the past, present and future.

Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley Foundation says:

"We're delighted that Clare Twomey is developing an exhibition for The Harley Gallery.  She will be documenting life on the historic Welbeck estate through a series of lithophanes. Lithophanes are eerily beautiful, with traces of images hidden in their structure to be revealed when held to the light. These wisps of images will explore life on the estate over the centuries, showing the echoes of the past in the lives of today."

Derby Museum and Art Gallery’s exhibition ‘The Art of Industry: From Joseph Wright to the 21st Century’ (23 March – 17 June 2018) will look back at the region’s industrial history through both historic artefacts and artistic interpretation. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, artists have found themselves drawn to factories to delve into the stories of wonderful ingenuity and creativity, the horrors and hardships endured by the workers, as well as the environmental impact generated by mass production. Alongside depictions of Britain’s industrial past, the display will be supplemented with objects from Derbyshire’s industries – tools, machines, the products that they made, and the marketing materials which we associate with them. ‘The Art of Industry’ will show the evolving relationship that artists have had with the manufacturing heritage that helps define the Midlands and its people.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums says:

“For better or worse, industrial Society was born in the valley of the river Derwent at the start of the 18th century. At Derby Museum and Art Gallery ‘the Art of Industry’ will explore how art responded to the profound change that industry brought to peoples relationships with their place and each other.”

More information is available on The Grand Tour website -

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Notes to Editors

The Grand Tour

Launched in 2015, the Grand Tour partnership of Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, Derby Museums and The Harley Gallery, together with Visit Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, is a groundbreaking example of cultural tourism that aims to showcase the region’s diverse richness of art, architecture and landscape to a new generation of local, national and international visitors. Supported by Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations fund.

The first season saw Pablo Bronstein bring treasures from Chatsworth House to Nottingham Contemporary, the discovery of a long-lost Wright of Derby, and an extract from Rem Koolhaus’ Venice Architecture coming to Worksop in North Nottinghamshire. The second season in 2016 was a selected retrospective of Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Starling, including a major painting by Joseph Wright of Derby, accompanied by an exhibition of Wright’s works from Italy and exhibitions from Sir Peter Blake and Rose English.

About Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary brings international art to an iconic building in the city centre. Designed by Stirling Prize-winning Caruso St John Architects, it is one of the largest and most ambitious contemporary art spaces in the UK. Since opening in 2009, it has organised more than 50 exhibitions, welcoming some 1.5 million visitors. Since February 2016, the director has been Sam Thorne.

Nottingham Contemporary is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and regularly funded by Nottingham City Council.

About Chatsworth
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, ten of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.

The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the preservation of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the long-term benefit of the public.

The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation.

Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the M1, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park, and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.

About The Harley Gallery

The Harley Gallery is where old and new come together. It has a national reputation for excellence and innovation, aiming to widen participation and develop understanding of the work of practicing artists and makers. Situated on the ducal estate of Welbeck in North Nottinghamshire, the gallery is easily accessible from both the A1 and M1.

The three gallery spaces show exhibitions of contemporary visual art and craft which change 5 times a year, alongside a gallery shop, recognised by the Crafts Council as a quality retail outlet. In 2016, The Harley Gallery opened a further exhibition space dedicated to showing objects from The Portland Collection of fine and decorative arts built up by the Dukes of Portland and their families who have lived at Welbeck for over 400 years.

About Derby Museums

Derby Museums Trust runs three museums, The Silk Mill, the site of the World’s First Factory in the UNESCO Derwent Valley World Heritage Site, Pickford’s House an 18th Century townhouse dedicated to domestic life and the Museum and Art Gallery. It holds the world famous collection of work by Joseph Wright of Derby, the most significant artist to document the English Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment.

The Museum also tells the archaeological and natural history of Derbyshire, which features some of the earliest objects made by humans in England. At the Silk Mill its Re:Make programme is redefining the museum, as young people, hackers and crafts people, bring together science and art to present Derby as the City of Makers. Derby Museums Trust’s principal funders are Derby City Council and Arts Council England.

About Linder

Linder is an influential British artist and musician, born in Liverpool in 1954. She has exhibited and performed internationally, and a number of monographs have been published on her work. Notably, in 2013, she was the subject of a major touring retrospective, originating from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris. In the UK, she has had a solo exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield, and has collaborated with Northern Ballet. In 2013–14, Linder was the inaugural artist-in-residency at Tate St Ives. In 2019, she will have a solo exhibition at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge.

Linder has worked with the photographic image for over four decades. She works with found photographs from the early 20th century to the present day, utilising the techniques of photomontage to create new imagery and new meanings distinct from her source material. Linder’s photomontages are often incorporated within other disciplines, including fashion, ballet, cosmetics, performance, film and interior design.

 About Clare Twomey

Born in 1968, Clare Twomey is a British artist and a research fellow at the University of Westminster who works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts. Within these works Twomey has maintained her concerns with materials, craft practice and historic and social context.

Clare Twomey’s installations have the social and historical context in which the installation is created as their point of departure. Often they only exist within these frameworks. A number of her installations disappear or perish in the course of the exhibition period as part of the work. Often the onlooker’s mode of behaviour is conceptually included in Twomey’s works. This, for example, applied to the artwork Conscience/Consciousness (2003), in which Twomey had covered the floor of the gallery with very thin ceramic tiles which broke when trodden on.

Clare Twomey is actively involved in critical research in the area of the applied arts, including writing, curating and making. She has developed work, which expands the fields’ knowledge of larger scale installation works.

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