Colours Uncovered at Harewood House

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor
a large mansion house surrounded by three blocks of colour
Image supplied by Leeds Inspired

Colours Uncovered at Harewood House, Leeds Until 9 June 2024 Tickets from £12.00 — Book now

Colour – it’s everywhere! But how much do we really notice it? Visit Colours Uncovered at Harewood House to enjoy colour in all its splendour, a brand new exhibition exploring shades, hues and tints through an amazing collection of objects and artworks.

From the Renaissance to the present day, Colours Uncovered is a thorough exploration of the history and science behind colour. It unlocks connections between colours and scientific discoveries, personal histories, and society as a whole from the 1500s onwards. The display is organised into individual rooms, with each one exploring a different aspect: from colour theory and pigment extraction to historical colour trends and the ways colour can affect our wellbeing. These varied perspectives make for a satisfyingly illuminating experience.

18c Sevres porcelain planted with hyacinth as part of Colour Uncovered exhibition Harewood House Leeds. Image by Drew Forsyth.

Let’s take a look at some of the more vivid highlights! Fans of old masters will appreciate the 16th century painting Madonna and Child with St John and St Jerome, attributed to Venetian artists Alvise Vivarini and Marco Basaiti. The ultramarine blue used to paint the robe of Virgin Mary is almost water-like, the pure blue pigment created using lapis lazuli.

Bright pink also makes an appearance in the Sèvres porcelain collection from the 1700s. These ornately decorated pieces feature illustrations of flowers, birds and landscape scenes, all framed by bright pink, deep blue and turquoise with gold embellishments. The pots are planted with bulbs from the Harewood gardens, adding another pop of colour.

16c Vivarini and Basaiti Madonna and Child part of Colours Uncovered exhibition Harewood House. Image by Drew Forsyth.

You’ll find a number of textile pieces too, in calming pastel hues. Max Lamb’s Harewood Rugs (2019) tell a fascinating story of the grounds themselves where craft and land intertwine. The yarn used to make the 24m2 rug was coloured using dyes made from ivy berries, silver birch, eucalyptus and alder harvested from the woods around Harewood House. The final piece is made up of smaller rugs, each one patterned in a way that was entirely dictated by the unpredictable dyeing process, in delicate greens, browns and blues. 

Memory Garden (2023) is also a very special textile treat shown alongside Colours Uncovered. The piece is a large-scale installation by Cecilia Charlton, in beautiful pinks and blues inspired by flowers found in a British garden. It’s currently on loan and shown for the very first time outside London so don’t miss the chance to see it!

Max Lamb Harewood rugs works on display at Colours Uncovered Harewood House Leeds. Image by Drew Forsyth.

As well as artworks, viewers can learn more about pigments and colour theory in a display including colour wheels and historic pigments from the rarely seen collection of the Bradford-based Society of Dyers and Colourists Textile Collection, and a colour spectrum work by artist James Hugonin.

Colours Uncovered is accompanied by a number of exciting events for all ages too so check the website for dates and more details.

Colours Uncovered at Harewood House, Leeds Until 9 June 2024 Tickets from £12.00 Book now

Performances

Date
Time
Session Features
24 March 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
25 March 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
26 March 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
27 March 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
28 March 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
29 March 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
30 March 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
31 March 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
1 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
2 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
3 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
4 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
5 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
6 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
7 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
8 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
9 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
10 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
11 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
12 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
13 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
14 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
15 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
16 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
17 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
18 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
19 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
20 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
21 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
22 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
23 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
24 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
25 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
26 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
27 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
28 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
29 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
30 April 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
1 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
2 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
3 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
4 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
5 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
6 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
7 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
8 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
9 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
10 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
11 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
12 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
13 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
14 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
15 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
16 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
17 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
18 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
19 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
20 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
21 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
22 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
23 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
24 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
25 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
26 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
27 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
28 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
29 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
30 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
31 May 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
1 June 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
2 June 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
3 June 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
4 June 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
5 June 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
6 June 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
7 June 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm
8 June 2024
10:30am — 4:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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