Current Exhibitions

Records of War

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Until January 2019

Discover First World War displays on the stairway, in the community history library and fine art galleries that link with the First World War Armistice.

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Harris Open Exhibition 2018

Harris Open exhibition

Exhibition
8 December – 20 January 2019

Exhibition preview: Friday 7th December
From 5.30pm with doors opening at 6pm

The Harris Open is one of our most popular exhibitions - last year we showcased 296 local artists and displayed 466 artworks attracting thousands of visitors. The Harris Open is a fresh and vibrant exhibition full of positivity and colour and is guaranteed to give a boost to get rid of those winter blues!

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African Shrine Figure

African Shrine Figure

Discover Preston Display
Until January 2019

A chance to see an impressive piece of Nigerian sculpture at the Harris for the first time in 30 years.

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Preston Street Style

Preston Street Style montage

Exhibition
From 16 September 2017
Preston is packed with people being creative with clothes. This exhibition maps fashion from the Harris collection against the city to see who wore what where.

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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.

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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.

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Discover Preston

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#ThanksToYou #NationalLottery players – each time you play you’re helping to support places like our #DiscoverPreston gallery. Get a free guidebook and tea/coffee 3rd - 9th December 2018.
#Preston #HarrisYourPlace

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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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Subcategories

  • 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

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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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