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  • Current Exhibitions & Coming Soon

    Take a look at the latest exhibitions and displays currently on show at the Harris or are coming soon.

    To keep up to date with all the latest news about what' coming soon and events linked to current exhibitions, join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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    • Dance First, Think Later Contemporary Art Programme

      Dance First, Think Later was a contemporary art programme which took place from 2015 - 2017 exploring notions of performativity and the human condition; tragicomedy and absurdity. It also included support for professional artists in Preston and the wider North West, practical workshops for adults and children, and a youth engagement programme, Sparks. Find out about the principal exhibitions, performances and events which took place as part of the programme below.  The programme was supported by:

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    • Exhibitions 2015

      Browse exhibitions on show at the Harris during 2015.

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    • Exhibitions 2014

      Browse exhibitions on show at the Harris during 2014.

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    • Exhibitions 2013

      Browse exhibitions held in the Harris during 2013.

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    • Exhibitions 2012

      Browse exhibitions held in the Harris during 2012.

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    • Exhibitions 2011

      Browse the exhibitions that took place at the Harris during 2011.

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    • Stories from Discover Preston

      Find out more about some of the stories featured in the new history gallery, Discover Preston.

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    • Exhibitions 2010

      Browse the exhibitions that took place at the Harris during 2010.

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    • Exhibitions 2009
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    • Exhibitions 2006

      Browse the exhibitions that took place at the Harris during 2006.

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    • Exhibitions 2016

      Browse exhibitions on show at the Harris during 2016.

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    • Exhibitions 2017

      Browse exhibitions on show at the Harris during 2017.

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  • Events

    Discover something new at the Harris! We have activities for adults, young people (12-16 and 16-19) and families with children. The majority of our events and workshops are FREE and there’s a packed programme of regular events as well as special talks, tours and workshops.

    If you're looking for the latest exhibitions, please visit our exhibitions page.

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    • Talks, Tours & Events for Adults

      Adult Tours

      Whether you're interested in art, history, fashion or ceramics and glass, we have a wide variety of talks, tours and workshops on offer.

      Look out for talks by special guests as well as Harris experts, chances to handle museum collections or make something special in our Makerspace and to explore our Egyptian Balcony.

      Group Tours - We can also arrange an exclusive tour especially for your group for which there is a small charge.

      Please contact  Steve Walker on 01772 906194 to find out more.

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    • For Families

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      Take a look here for our special family events - from Little Hands On for the under fives, to Arty Explorers, Time Explorers, Hands On and lots more for ages 5-12, there's something for everybody to see and do! 


      Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

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    • 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.

       

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  • Collections

    The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is an important regional museum which holds exciting collections including fine art, decorative art, costume and textiles, history and photography. Many of the collections are of regional, national and international significance.

     

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  • About us



    The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library are jointly managed by Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council.

    We are proud guardians of our founders’ intention, inscribed on the outside of the building which states that:

    The mental riches you may here acquire abide with you always’

    Find out about our exciting plans to redevelop the Harris, #HarrisYourPlace, our history, architecture and much more below. 

     

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  • Your visit

    The information here should help you to plan your visit to the Harris—whether you’re just popping in or making a day of it, there’s lots to see and do!

    If you can’t find what you’re looking for, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    or call us on 01772 258248 -we’ll be happy to help!


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  • Learn

    Whatever your age or ability, discover hidden talents and learn something new today the Harris! 

    If you’re interested in bringing your school or community group to the Harris, talk to our learning and access team about formal and informal learning opportunities available.

    If you’re interested in history or art, find out more about our collections at one of our workshops, talks or tours (see events page for details)

    Download our current What's On for Schools booklet here.

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  • Our work
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  • Previous Exhibitions

    Previous exhibitions

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  • Support us

    Friends 2017 RGBThe Friends of the Harris are our charity.  Find out all about them below, including how you can support our current campaign, #Harris Your Place, how to join or renew your membership, and even how to leave a gift in your will.


      

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  • News

    To keep up to date with all the news from the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, join our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

     

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  • Get Involved

    Love the Harris? There are lots of ways you can get involved and help us to make every visit special for all our visitors and continue our work conserving the collections for the enjoyment of future generations.

     

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  • For Schools
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  • Volunteers
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  • Sponsorship & Hire

    Are you looking for a high quality venue for your next corporate evening or a unique setting for a wedding or family special occasion?  Perhaps you want to benefit your business by supporting arts and culture in Preston?  Look no further than the Harris!

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    • Venue hire

      fine art gallery2 cropMagnificent surroundings, flexible spaces, city centre location ... the Harris is the perfect place for your next event!

      From drinks receptions to dinners, fashion shows to product launches, photo shoots to celebrity appearances, we can help you deliver an unforgettable event.
      The Harris’ beautiful spaces, set within a remarkable Grade I listed building, offer a unique setting for your event. Our experienced and friendly staff will make you and your guests feel truly special, whatever event you have in mind.

      Read more: Find out more about the spaces available to hire

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