Current Exhibitions

ARTIST ROOMS: Martin Creed

Martin Creed, Work No. 960, 2008 an installation of 13 cacti

Exhibition
27 January - 3 June 2017

Martin Creed is one of the most influential and exciting British artists today, who uses sculpture, neon, painting, video and performance. Awarded the Turner Prize in 2001, he was also chosen to welcome the 2012 London Olympics with a UK-wide bell-ringing performance, from Big Ben to bicycle bells.

The exhibition includes Work No. 203: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT (1999) on the front of the Grade 1 listed Harris building.

 

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Collecting for the future: Does the Harris have the right stuff?

Collecting for the future

Discover Preston display
From 3rd October

The Harris is full of stuff – crammed to the rafters with historical treasures, paintings and pots, costume and curiosities. None of it belongs to us – it belongs to you – and we want you to tell us what you think!

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A View of Preston from Penwortham Hill c.1820

Conservator at work on View of Preston

Exhibition
From 13 August 2016

Lose yourself in this unique painting of Preston on the cusp of change – a picturesque harvest scene in the foreground contrasts with the rapidly growing industrial town across the river.

Thanks to a public donations campaign led by the Friends of the Harris, this landscape by John Jenkinson has been expertly conserved at Lancashire Conservation Studios and we are once again able to display it at its best. Look out for dramatic tall chimneys, windmills, traditional hay stooks, and features still recognisable in Preston today.

 

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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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Preston Corporation Lamplighters' Banner

Preston Corporation Lamplighters' Banner

Discover Preston Gallery
From 1 February 2016

On display for the first time, following essential conservation, is this Preston Corporation Lamplighters' Banner. Carried in the 1902 Preston Guild, it shows an elaborately painted gas lamp in the centre. Preston was the first provincial town to be lit by gas and 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of this milestone in the city's history.

 

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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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Style and Substance: Fashion, Society, Change 1880-1930s

Items from Style and Substance exhibition

Exhibition
Ongoing

From the elaborate dresses of the 1880s to chunky knits in the 1930s, we explore how British style, for men and women, evolved during a time of major social, political and cultural change.

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Discover Preston

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History Gallery
Permanent Exhibition with changing displays

Discover what makes Preston special in our history gallery, Discover Preston. Read on for your guide to the gallery.

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Fine Art Galleries

Fine Art Gallery

Gallery

The fine art collection contains paintings, drawings and watercolours, prints, photographs and sculpture. Most of this collection is displayed in Gallery on the second floor and on the balconies and stairways.

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Please note that our top floor fine art gallery will be closed from 1.30 - 3.30pm on Sunday 11 June for a Friends of the Harris event.

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EASTER 2017:

Museum & Art Gallery open
Good Friday 14 April and
Easter Saturday 15 April
(10.00am - 5.00pm)

Library, Museum & Art Gallery closed
Easter Sunday 16 April and
Easter Monday 17 April

Library Bank Holiday opening to be confirmed

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