For Young People

Sparks drawingWe offer three great opportunities for young people to get involved -
Young Harris for those aged 12-16, Sparks for 16-19 year olds and Harris Transformers for 14-21 year olds. You can find out about recent and forthcoming events here. Don't forget to also see what's happening in our Makerspace which offers actvities for all ages.


Comics Exhibition Opens

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Saturday 23 June

On Saturday 23 June celebrate the opening and come dressed up as your favourite comic character or superhero! And be in with the chance of winning a prize! FREE - all welcome. From 12 noon.
Exhibition open from 10am.

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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Lancashire Encounter Artistic Commissions Call Out

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The deadline for proposals is 12 noon on Tuesday 26 June.

Discover a world of culture and creativity on your doorstep!

Taking place over the weekend of September 21 - 23 Preston city centre will be transformed into a vibrant hub of activity -including events taking place at the Harris.

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Love Notes To Preston: Celebrating Love and Heritage in Preston

Transformers meeting inside the Harris

Sunday 8 July

Special Exhibition
Watch the Harris come to life!
Explore the hidden stories of Preston and the Harris to discover new meanings to old objects through light and sound installations.

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COMICS: Autism Friendly Hour


Monday 30 July and Monday 20 August

Autism friendly hour will happen outside of normal visiting times when the gallery will be closed to other visitors so you can explore the COMICS exhibition in your own way.

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Floral Fashions: A Close-Up Look at our Blooming Best Textiles

Fashion textile with flower motifs

Wednesday 11 July

Session One:  5:30pm - 6:30pm
Session Two:  6:30pm – 7:30pm

Join us for this special study session - a close up look at some of the best blooms on clothes and textiles and talking about the clothes in our collection.

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Dandelions: Rustic Oracles

16 June – 7 October
Special event.
Join us for the opening event on Saturday 16 June.
Time: 2pm

Cost: Free. Everyone welcome! 

Artist Rebecca Chesney has carefully selected items from our collection to be displayed alongside objects from her Dandelion Archive.  Scattered around the museum, dandelion items crop up in sixteen different locations for you to discover.

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Young Harris

Photograph of a windowsill by Heather Mae Lancaster

Aged 12-16? Fire your imagination and unleash your creative side at one of our workshops or projects. 

All you need to bring with you are fresh ideas!

Find out more and take a look at what we've done already on our blog here or on our Instagram feed.

Photograph by Heather Mae Lancaster


Workshops take place on the 1st Saturday of the Month:

June 2nd
July 7th

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Still life with fans made by Sparks participants

Sparks is for all you young artists (and wannabee artists!) aged 16-24. It is a flexible programme exploring contemporary art and culture and is your chance to get involved with the Harris behind the scenes and influence the way the Harris does things. Designing workshops, coming up with ideas for projects and future exhibitions, organising events and activities, taking part yourself, selecting professional artists to work alongside, working with Harris staff and generally making a difference! It will look great on your CV and help to widen your social circle. What’s not to like about this?



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Harris Transformers

Photograph of young people at a Transformers meeting

After successfully securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Harris Transformers group is running again with a new group of young people eager to help transform the Harris.

The group will meet at the Harris each week to collaborate and share ideas with curators, historians, artists, digital creators and designers, culminating in an exciting and innovative festival and exhibition, taking place on Sunday 8 July.

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What will you make?

Makerspace is a space to make and mend, improve and embellish, and have a go at contemporary craft or digital endeavours. It is a shared workshop and meeting point where art, technology, craft and design are invited to converge. Makers, fixperts, artists, 'hackers' and crafters of all kinds are invited to come along and get involved. We have exciting events that vary from dress making to drone hacking.

The Makerspace is also open for use by groups that are already up and running as well as those just starting out.

Tickets are FREE but please book to avoid disapointment as places are limited. 

To find out more and book your place here



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