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.
What our visitors are saying about this exhibition:
"Love Nathaniel Mellors’ film and intend to come back and watch it all. Thank you!"
"Just seen #NothingHappensTwice at the imposing @HarrisPreston brilliantly curated by @ClarissaCorfe Animated? … I’m absolutely fizzing."
"Innovative, top quality new commission that drew us to the exhibition."
"Good fun to spot the Preston locations used in the film."
"Glad the Harris is keeping on its toes and staying fresh."
"Really love the decision to show long video works; makes me want to come back again and again."
"It is remarkable that in these straightened times, the Harris manages to show challenging yet engaging contemporary art."
Immerse yourself in film, sculpture and painting, exploring ideas of farce, tragi-comedy and repetition with the Theatre of the Absurd as the starting point. Mellors' work is complemented by national and international artists and six newly commissioned pieces. A resource area and family activities are also available in the gallery.
9 July – 6 November 2016
Michael Foreman has been creating well-loved children's books, as both illustrator and author, for over 50 years. This popular exhibition makes a perfect family day out in Preston. You can enjoy original artworks, playful props, films, books and family activities that will encourage the whole family to become part of Michael's magical storytelling world.
26 November 2016 – 7 January 2017
The Harris Open is a fresh and vibrant annual exhibition that gives the people of Preston a chance to shine! Artists from all backgrounds and all levels of experience, including professional, are invited to submit one or two of their most recent works to go on display, with children welcome to take part too.
Two Venue Exhibition
12 February - 23 April 2016 at the Harris
12 February - 3 March 2016 at UCLan PR1 Gallery
Working with fine art graduates at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) we are discovering more about the Harris’ 20th century print collection, uncovering hidden gems that have not been displayed
in recent years.
Discover Preston display
26 September 2015 - 25 June 2016
Spotlight On ... Black History Connections: Local African and Caribbean Stories
Find out about the ancient connections between Lancashire and Africa; stories of individual triumph in the face of adversity and the flourishing of the Windrush generation.