Current Exhibitions

ARTIST ROOMS: Martin Creed

Martin Creed Work No. 203: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT 1999; Photo Simon Critchley

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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Lancashire Arts Festival Awards

Image: Ella Kitson, BA (Hons) Photography

22 June – 2 July 2017

An exhibition of architecture, design, fashion, fine art, media and performance created by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). The expert curatorial team, led by 2017 Turner Prize nominee Professor Lubaina Himid MBE, will showcase the work of final year students who have been shortlisted for the Lancashire Arts Festival Awards, sponsored by Creative Lancashire.


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Brick Dinos

Brick Dino model

15 July – 17 September 2017

Step back in time with Brick Dinos!  Enter the Jurassic Period like never before and meet the dinosaurs, each one masterfully built in miniature using LEGO® bricks and using the latest knowledge about how they would have looked.

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Lubaina Himid

Image from Moments That Matter exhibition

February - April 2018

We are delighted to be showing a large scale exhibition of the work of Turner Prize nominee 2017 and Preston-based artist Professor Lubaina Himid MBE.  The Harris has had a long relationship with Lubaina, showing her work on a number of occasions including most recently Moments that Matter (2012). 

If you can't wait to see Lubaina's work on show at the Harris, drop in to our fine art galleries where you can see Hannibal's Sister (above, 1989) from our permanent collection. You can read an article from The Guardian about Lubaina here.

Look out for more information about this exhibition coming soon.

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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 2016

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

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

Items from Style and Substance exhibition


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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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


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 our fine art galleries will be closed on Sunday 11 June from 1.30 - 3.30pm for a Friends of the Harris event

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Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May:

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