Our Work

Harris Transformers - Re-imagining Zine and Film

Harris Transformers meeting

The Harris Transformers are a group of young people who have been spending a day a week at the Harris since summer 2016, meeting curators, historians, architects and designers to learn about the museum’s past, the city’s heritage and feed their ideas into the redevelopment plans. Now they have interpreted what they have learned and produced an interactive publication, or zine, to help gather the thoughts of the public, especially other young people, along with a short film which showcases their views of the Harris.

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The Future for Museums: Re-Imagining their role

A photo shoot in the Harris Museum & Art Gallery

As part of the Re-imagining the Harris project and in partnership with UCLan we recently held a public debate looking at the future of museums.  On 6th July 2016 over 65 people ranging from students to museum professionals, funders to local Councillors and university academics to members of our Friends' group, gathered at the Harris to hear three speakers offering fresh perspectives on the role of museums in the 21st century.

Speakers Katy Ashton, Director of the People's History Museum; Janet Dugdale from the Museum of Liverpool & Merseyside Maritime Museum (Liverpool Museums); and Dr Jerome de Groot from the University of Manchester provoked debate, and provided the opportunity for the audience to ask questions.  
The panel was chaired by Jon Finch, Re-imagining the Harris Project Leader.

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Preston College and Astley Park School

Astley Park School activity

We teamed up with Preston's College to deliver workshops based on our Lucy Beech and Occulist Witnesses exhibitions to Year 10 students at Astley Park School, a special needs school in Chorley.

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Puck Young People's Street Art Project

Puck, painting by Richard Dadd

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Street Art - working with teenagers to bring "Shakey" to a local community in Preston.

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Conservation and Research

Placing items in the gallery

Creating a legacy for generations to come and unlocking the stories behind our collections.

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The Harris in the Community

Creative programmes to promote mental well-being, bringing art to a wide range of community groups in the Preston area.

Working with our partners in the local community, we encourage individuals and groups that need extra support to work with us. This work is targeted specifically at young people; vulnerable adults; minority groups and older people (through our Reminiscence programme) and services are provided either at the Harris or off-site in the heart of the community.

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Preston Remembers

Photo of War Memorial

Preston Remembers – On all Fronts

In the run up to the Centenary of the First World War in 2014, Preston is hoping to secure funds to renovate and remodel the Cenotaph.

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North by Northwest

Harris Fine Art Gallery photo

The Harris is a member of this network promoting and developing contemporary visual arts in Lancashire and Cumbria.

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Working with Artists

Opportunities for local artists to exhibit in the Harris

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Digital Aesthetic

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Not just an exhibition, but a city-wide vibe.
Curated in partnership between the Harris and UCLan, Digital Aesthetic is an international exhibition, conference and website of digital art.
October 2012 sees the launch of the last in the Digital Aesthetic series following successful events in 2001 and 2007.

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Current: An Experiment in Collecting Art

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An experiment in acquiring contemporary art held in 2010.

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