Dance First, Think Later
6 February - 4 June 2016
Imagine Neanderthals living in Preston Bus Station and around the city ... what Jackson Pollock's wife really thought ... and how a talking shoe might gossip over the garden fence.
Preston Bus Station is part of the inspiration for Nathaniel Mellors’ new film, winner of the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award, and showing here for the first time as part of the exhibition.
A range of entertaining and thought-provoking work also includes Mel Brimfield's Alan Bennett-style take on what it might have been like to be Jackson Pollock's wife and Sally O'Reilly's talking shoe which talks to the neighbouring artworks. It's also a rare chance to see Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson in Samuel Beckett's 15-minute long Play.
10 October - 28 November 2015
Art from Elsewhere explores global change through the work of artists from around the world.
The exhibition addresses topical issues such as migration, trade and exchange, social tensions, life in conflict zones and failed ideas of utopia are addressed. Experience both the familiar and the new through a wide variety of painting, sculpture, installation, video and photography. Information Assistants are in the galleries as often as possible to help you get the most from your visit.
2 May - 4 July 2015
Me and Mine is Lucy Beech’s first major solo exhibition in the UK. Focused on the ways in which women construct and sustain communities, the work on show at the Harris Museum is developed out of Beech’s extended body of research around emotional labour and the agency of the individual in a group. The raw materials for these ‘re-enactments’ are fabricated from ‘field notes’; research collected through active engagement in workshops and networking events; contexts that demand group performance whilst blurring the boundaries between work and play.
Sovay Berriman, Lindsey Bull, Ruth Claxton, Richard Hamilton
2 May - 4 July 2015
Oculist Witnesses: According to Duchamp includes new and existing works by Sovay Berriman, Lindsey Bull, Ruth Claxton as well as a work by the influential British artist and founder of pop art Richard Hamilton. Working in sculpture, painting and manipulated found postcards the artists explore the notion of the gaze, movement and perspective using Hamilton’s Oculist Witnesses (1966) as a starting point.