Exhibitions 2016

Nothing Happens, Twice: Artists Explore Absurdity

Nathaniel Mellors, Ourhouse, Ep-1: Time, 2016 (production shot)

Exhibition
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.

 

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House of Ferment

House of Ferment display

Special Event

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016

Join us for a weekend of talks, demonstrations and tastings - and get involved by donating your own fruit and veg!

The House of Ferment is a live, pop-up larder by Grizedale Arts in collaboration with artist and food enthusiast Karen Guthrie

The spectacular, copper clad unit includes functional art by invited artists Laure Prouvost, Ryan Gander and Bedwyr Williams, as well as heirloom kitchen equipment and countless home-made preserves to try. The House of Ferment seeks contributions from local home cooks wherever it travels, and hosts food activists, innovators and other specialists from the food, health and environmental fields as well as dinners, talks and food events.  It uses Karen’s longstanding collection of fermented food cultures as an impetus for creative exchange, dialogue and learning.

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Painting with Rainbows: Michael Foreman

Illustration of a boy knight on a horse by Michael Foreman

Exhibition
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.

 

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Preston, Our City, Your City

We Are Here Photograph of colourful street scene

Stairway Exhibition
26 November - 19 February 2017
Preview
Friday 25 November: 6.00 - 7.30pm

The daily lives, loves, challenges, and passions of the people of Preston captured on disposable cameras. During May 2016, 200 disposable cameras were given out across the communities of Preston by The Foxton Centre. The use of disposable cameras provided access for groups that ordinarily wouldn't have the means or opportunity to engage in the creative process.

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Harris Open Exhibition 2016

Harris Open exhibition

Exhibition
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.

 

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Preston at War 1916 to 1918

Women's Land Army procession on North Road, 22 June 1918

Stairway Exhibition
From 23 July 2016

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

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Bound by Process: Printmaking Historical & Contemporary

Kathryn Poole, Goliathus Glandarius

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.

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Black History Connections: Local African and Caribbean Stories

Silver denarius for Septimus Severus, 201AD

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.

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Postcard to Preston

Laura Jamieson, Soon to be home, 2015 postcard

Stairway Exhibition
8 April to 14 July 2016

Artist Laura Jamieson has sent almost 2000 miniature artworks to each of the addresses listed for the men remembered on Preston's WW1 Roll of Honour. She is seeking to build a new community that reflects those joined together through losing loved ones. See both the artworks and responses in this exhibition. postcardtopreston.com

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Preston Remembers in Focus: Percy Day

Percy Day, The Eleventh Hour, the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, 1918 (detail)

Fine Art Galleries
From 16 March 2016

See The Eleventh Hour, the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, 1918 by Percy Day. The painting is the focus of a project with children from Weeton Primary School who are all from military families. Working with artist Nicola Colclough they have explored themes around remembrance, emotions and family relationships.

They have made a free magazine which is available to pick up in the gallery.

 

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Homing by Jen Southern and Sam Thulin

Image of visitor in headphones

Sound Art Work and Display 
Audio 21 May –  13 November 2016
Display 21 May - 2 July 2016 

Walk, sit, drift and meander from the Harris to the Cenotaph to experience this new sonic art work. Take part by collecting headphones from the Harris Library.

Homing is based on the original letters of Preston soldiers serving in the front line trenches of World War 1, from the archives of Lancashire Infantry Museum. Follow @homingpreston for daily quotes from the soldiers’ writings.

The letters demonstrate the attempts of soldiers and their loved ones to keep in touch despite the war. The distance was not only physical; the longer the war continued, the greater the distance in life experience between soldiers and those at home. Each letter represents an attempt to bridge that gap and, as much as is said, more is left unsaid or is unsayable.

Homing uses sound to make connections at a distance; between presence and absence, people and place, displacement and home. 

The experience begins at at the Harris' Roll of Honour and moves out onto Preston's Flag Market and the Cenotaph. 

Photographs, drawings and letters belonging to the soldiers can also be seen in the museum's first floor cabinets until 2 July.

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