Current Exhibitions

Before Sound

24-meter print suspended in the atrium

Special Display
17 April to 3 May

See this 24-meter print suspended inside the atrium. Before Sound screen print utilises Planck Time, the shortest objective period of time to conceptualise music as it exists without sound.  Josh Horsley produced in collaboration with Magda Stawarska-Beavan.

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The Gentleman’s Wardrobe by Men Who Care

A man looking into a wardrobe mirror

17 - 29 April

The interactive cart sculpture called 'The Gentleman's Wardrobe' merged from a social process involving a small group of men in East Lancashire who cared for a loved one at home. A special display as part of an events programme created by artists invited by Lubaina Himid.

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LUBAINA HIMID: HARD TIMES

Lubaina Himid. Drowned Orchard Secret Boatyard: Tools, Box, Basket, Hairstyles (2014). Installation view. Hard Times, Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Denise Swanson FBIPP

Exhibition
2 March - 3 June 2018

This exhibition has now re-opened following an unscheduled closure for essential maintenance work to the gallery.

We are delighted to be showing an exhibition of the work of The 2017 Turner Prize winner and Preston-based artist Professor Lubaina Himid MBE.



The Harris has had a long relationship with Lubaina, showing her work on a number of occasions including most recently Moments that Matter (2012). 

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Women's Collection Exhibition

A collection of paintings by women artists

March - May

Lubaina Himid and fellow artist Rebecca Chesney have curated an exhibition on the first to second floor stairway of the Harris of work created by women from the Harris collection, including Laura Knight, Maud Sulter, Hilda Carline and Patti Mayor.

 

 

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Deauville, by Eugène Boudin: Preston's Courtauld Connection

Eugène Boudin (1824-1898), Deauville, 1893, © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Special Display
10 February – 20 May 2018

We asked people who work at Red Scar Business Park to choose a painting from The Courtauld Gallery’s world famous collection of French Impressionist paintings to go on display at the Harris. They chose ...

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Comics

Comics logo

Exhibition
23 June – 23 September

Love Comics? This is your chance to enjoy an eclectic mix of original comic art that will impress and inspire most comics’ fans.

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Kicking Off: Women's Football in Preston

The Dick, Kerr Ladies, 1917 Courtesy of Gail Newsham in Discover Preston gallery

Kicking Off: Women's Football in Preston
Discover Preston Display
9 December 2017 - Summer 2018

A hundred years ago Preston's Dick, Kerr Ladies ran out onto the pitch at Deepdale for the first time and impressed a crowd of 10,000 spectators with their skill.

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Preston Street Style

Preston Street Style montage

Exhibition
From 16 September 2017

Preston is packed with people being creative with clothes. This exhibition maps fashion from the Harris collection against the city to see who wore what where.

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A View of Preston from Penwortham Hill c.1820

Conservator at work on View of Preston

Exhibition
From 13 August 2016

Please note our fine art galleries will be closed on Thursday 8th February for a private event.

Lose yourself in this unique painting of Preston on the cusp of change – a picturesque harvest scene in the foreground contrasts with the rapidly growing industrial town across the river.

Thanks to a public donations campaign led by the Friends of the Harris, this landscape by John Jenkinson has been expertly conserved at Lancashire Conservation Studios and we are once again able to display it at its best. Look out for dramatic tall chimneys, windmills, traditional hay stooks, and features still recognisable in Preston today.

 

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Preston Corporation Lamplighters' Banner

Preston Corporation Lamplighters' Banner

Discover Preston Gallery
From 1 February 2016

On display for the first time, following essential conservation, is this Preston Corporation Lamplighters' Banner. Carried in the 1902 Preston Guild, it shows an elaborately painted gas lamp in the centre. Preston was the first provincial town to be lit by gas and 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of this milestone in the city's history.

 

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Subcategories

  • Dance First, Think Later Contemporary Art Programme

    Dance First, Think Later was a contemporary art programme which took place from 2015 - 2017 exploring notions of performativity and the human condition; tragicomedy and absurdity. It also included support for professional artists in Preston and the wider North West, practical workshops for adults and children, and a youth engagement programme, Sparks. Find out about the principal exhibitions, performances and events which took place as part of the programme below.  The programme was supported by:

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  • Stories from Discover Preston

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