Talks, Tours & Events for Adults

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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.

The Gentleman’s Wardrobe by Men Who Care

A man looking into a wardrobe mirror

17 - 29 April

The interactive cart sculpture called 'The Gentleman's Wardrobe' merged from a social process involving a small group of men in East Lancashire who cared for a loved one at home.

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The Quest for the Perfect Shirt

Saturday 28 April
10.00am - 4.00pm

Take your own tour around the Harris and then come and talk to artist and tailor Richard Bliss about what you think makes a perfect shirt. 

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Talk by the Courtauld Gallery

 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Special Event
2 May
5.30 - 7.30pm
Meet Dr Karen Serres Curator of Paintings at the Courtauld Gallery for a talk about the history of the gallery and its collection. Find out more about Boudin’s beautiful painting Deauville that’s currently on display as part of Preston’s Courtauld Connects project.

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Dinnertime Discussions: Comedy in Art

Lubaina Himid. Drowned Orchard Secret Boatyard: Tools, Box, Basket, Hairstyles (2014). Installation view. Hard Times, Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Denise Swanson FBIPP

Friday 4 May 2018
12.30 - 1.30pm

Join Faye Spencer for an informal chat in the Harris café on a theme that will get everyone thinking! Pop in for 10 mins or stay for the whole hour – it’s up to you. Tea or coffee provided.

Everyone welcome. No experience or art knowledge necessary!

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Print Symposium - Activating the Archive of Gwyneth Alban Davis

Print Symposium print displays

Saturday 5 May
10.00am - 4.00pm

A one-day symposium on print within expanded practice. Invited artists will be presenting their unique practice and discussing how they encounter and interrogate print as part of their wider practice.

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Imbalance Redressed

Rebecca Chesney, She, Stereotypical pink tint for female walkers (2016) Taken from the Snapshot colour range of 96 colours

Talk Programmed by Rebecca Chesney

Wednesday 9 May
5.30 - 7.30pm

This event offers the chance to hear about the under representation of women in national and public art collections and explores how we can redress the imbalance.

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Courtauld Reunion Event

Archive photograph by Noel Coombes

Special Event
13 May
1 - 3pm

Did you or a member of your family work at Courtauld's Red Scar factory?  We would love to see you at this special free event for Courtauld workers and their familiies. Just drop in or stay all afternoon!

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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturdays 12 May, 9 June & 14 July
2.00-2.45pm

Explore the Harris
This is your chance to travel to the top of the building and see John Somerscales' impressive friezes that adorn the Egyptian balcony and find out about how they ended up in the Harris!

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MUSEUMS AT NIGHT: Film Screening and Sound performance double bill

We only see what we look at, to look is an act of choice

Thursday 17 May


Little Little Man Man: Film Screening by artist Tao Lashley-Burnley 
6.00 -7.00pm

Minor Conspiracy: A Sound Performance by Rob Mullender
7.00 - 7.30pm

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Dying Matters Special Event

Special Event
Friday 18 May
11am - 2.30pm

The Harris is proud and privileged to lend its support to Dying Matters Awareness Week by hosting this Yodo (you only die once) special event.   Ten objects from the Harris collections, carefully selected by St Catherine’s Hospice and our curators, will help stimulate discussion, memories, experiences and reflections on dying, death and bereavement.

Free, drop in. Everyone welcome

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Art Zoo

Art Zoo logo

Saturday 26 May
10.00am - 4.00pm

Art Zoo breaks down the barriers between artists and audiences.

Art Zoo is part performance, part installation, and part living sculpture. It is an absurdist event that will give visitors to the Harris a glimpse into an exciting and vibrant world.

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Art, People and Protest

Lubaina Himid. Drowned Orchard Secret Boatyard: Tools, Box, Basket, Hairstyles (2014). Installation view. Hard Times, Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Denise Swanson FBIPP

Wednesday 30 May
6.00 - 8.00pm

Join artist Chantal Oakes to explore how you can use art and culture to make your ideas more powerful.

Everyone welcome. 

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