Exhibitions 2015

In Focus: George Frederic Watts

GF Watts, Genius of Greek Poetry, c. 1880

Display in the Fine Art galleries
13 June 2015 - 30 January 2016

A rare chance to see the painting Genius of Greek Poetry (c. 1880) by GF Watts alongside the bronze study for the male nude it features, on loan from the Watts Gallery, as well as other bronzes associated with Watts from our collection.



 

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Art from Elsewhere: International Contemporary Art from UK Galleries

Yang Zhenzhong, Let's Puff,

Exhibition
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.

What our visitors are saying:

"Good to see challenging, exciting and ground breaking contemporary artworks in exhibitions like this!"

"I absolutely hope to see more of this."

"Our 5 and 9 year olds really engaged with the exhibition ... it was good to have a guide deliberately interact with us."

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A Green & Pleasant Land? Rural Life in Art

John P. Jenkinson, View of Preston (detail)

Exhibition
25 July - 27 September 2015

Due to popular demand this exhibition has been extended - final day is Sunday 27 September, 11am - 4pm.

Idyllic scenery, derelict barns, farmers toiling the land?  We explore how artists have been inspired by our rural heritage, from the romantic to the real. Images from our collection include Preston landscapes and work by Anthony Devis, Thomas Wade, Adrian Stokes and Norman Stevens. We also include artists working today like Georgina Barney and Andrew Cross and, in partnership with In Certain Places, we are pleased to show work by Rebecca Chesney, Abigail Townsend and Joanne Lee.

Families can enjoy a trail focusing on the seasons of the farming year. Don't miss our Fantastic Farming event on Thursday 27 Augsut when real farm animals will be visiting!

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Lucy Beech: Me and Mine

Lucy Beech, Untitled, 2015

Exhibition
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.

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The Varieties

Harold Offeh: High Bar, 2015

Exhibition
12 February - 11 April

Experience The Varieties - inspired by Preston’s Will Onda and artist Harold Offeh's work and featuring work from 10 regional and national artists.

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The Rural Idyll: Ceramics

Mary Johnson, Genetically modified tomato jug

Cafe Display
23 July - 27 September 2015

Ceramics from the Harris collection and new pieces by members of the Northern Potters Association made in response to our exhibition   A Green and Pleasant Land? Rural Life in Art.

 

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Oculist Witnesses: According to Duchamp

Richard Hamilton, Oculist Witnesses, 1966

Sovay Berriman, Lindsey Bull, Ruth Claxton, Richard Hamilton

Exhibition
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.

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Contemporary Rural Life: Photography from Myerscough College

Farmer with sheep, Copyright Angelina Johnson

Stairway Show
25 July - 27 September 2015

Photographs by students at Myerscough College with a focus on contemporary life in the countryside.  The images offer an insight into modern farming methods and rural communities.

You may also enjoy our complementary exhibitions A Green and Pleasant Land: Rural Life in Art and The Rural Idyll: Ceramics.

Image: Copyright Angelina Johnson

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Safe as Houses: Money Matters

Silver shilling from Whittingham hoard

Discover Preston display
25 May - 12 September

Find out how Prestonians have saved, stashed and safeguarded their money, from medieval and Civil War coin hoards to the Co-operative Society!

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Picture the Poet

Lemn Sissay by Madeleine Waller © Madeleine Waller / National Portrait Gallery, London

Exhibition
24 January - 11 April

Discover the faces behind today's poets in this photography exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery.

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Get Your Bearings

Medieval copper bowl

Café Display
Until 18 July 2015

Objects with stories to tell about Preston.  Explore Preston’s historical landscape as you walk around the points of the compass to discover intriguing objects – from a beautiful copper bowl found in the river Ribble at Preston dock, to a jug used at the medieval leper hospital at Maudlands.

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Behind the Scenes: The Secret Life of Clothes

Items from Behind the Scenes exhibition

Exhibition
30 November 2013 - 6 June 2015

Go 'behind the scenes' to explore how the Harris' costume and textile collection is cared for in our new exhibition on show now in the fashion & textile gallery. This exhibition also celebrates all the people who help - from local volunteers and students to researchers from far and wide.

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Preston's Beautiful Game

Football display in Discover Preston gallery

Spotlight On ...
Until 9 May

Preston's role in the history of professional football is well known. However, its roots lie in the friendly matches played on Preston's streets, parks and fields.

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Relief

Resin cast featured in Relief exhibition

Café Display
3 November - 31 March

This lively exhibition features nine unique resin casts created by adults attending a 10 week “Introduction to Sculpture” project, run by a local group called Free your Mind (Preston).

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Preston Goes to War - 1914 to 1915

1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire

Stairway exhibition
12 September 2014 - 11 July 2015

This exhibition explores the impact of the first two years of the First World War on Preston and is displayed alongside the Preston First World War Roll of Honour.

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