30 Years of the Harewood Contemporary
founded by Diane Howse, Countess of Harewood, in 1989
In 1989 artist and curator Diane Howse (now the Countess of Harewood) transformed a space Below Stairs, the Sub-Hall, into what would be the first dedicated contemporary exhibition space in an English Country House, the Terrace Gallery. Other country houses and heritage sites have subsequently embraced the idea of showing the work of contemporary artists alongside their historical collections, but we’re proud to say that Harewood was the first.
Since then Harewood’s contemporary art programme has spread from the Terrace Gallery out into the House, the Gardens, All Saints Church and the wider landscape, reflecting and engaging with the wide range of issues and viewpoints that are represented in today’s cultural and social debate. This exhibition reflects on those 30 years, with a new film – Postcard to the Future – showing here for the first time. We are also launching another first: a publicly accessible online archive 30years.harewood.org which you can browse on iPads in the Gallery.