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.

Click here for details of events coming up.

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.

Makerspace

What will you make?

Makerspace is a space to make and mend, improve and embellish, and have a go at contemporary craft or digital endeavours. It is a shared workshop and meeting point where art, technology, craft and design are invited to converge. Makers, fixperts, artists, 'hackers' and crafters of all kinds are invited to come along and get involved. We have exciting events that vary from dress making to drone hacking.

The Makerspace is also open for use by groups that are already up and running as well as those just starting out.

Tickets are FREE but please book to avoid disapointment as places are limited. 

Find out more and book your place here 

 

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Sunday Social

Harris cafe

Sundays 26 March, 30 April 28 May & 25 June
1.30-3.00pm

Special Event

Join our Sunday Social in the Harris cafe and enjoy a chat, a laugh and discounted hot drinks.  

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Lessons from Lancashire's Past? Mass Migration

Obelisk in Preston's Market Square, 1846

Wednesday 29 March
6.00-7.30pm

Dr Lewis Darwen – Mass migration in a time of crisis:
Lancashire and the Irish Famine 1847-1848

Join us for the last of three events, exploring the past, present and future of Lancashire.

Modern Lancashire is in a state of flux. While some areas of the north, such as Manchester, have seen tremendous economic growth, others are struggling. What lessons can we learn from what historians have called ‘the first industrial society’? What is the future for Lancashire? What can policy makers learn from historians?

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Harris Live

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Every Wednesday in February & March 2017
7.30-9.00pm (Doors open 7.00pm)

Join us every Wednesday evening for Harris Live when we’ll host a different music act each week, with something for all tastes from good-time blues to community singing.

Acts include up and coming local bands and singers, Mike Smith's Ginger Tunes Quartet (soul/jazz), Price of my Pig (celidh), Tipitina (rhythm and blues, barrelhouse and gospel), The Swing Commanders (boogie woogie, 40s classics and 50s jump jazz), One Voice Community Choir (gospel and contemporary inspirational) and Preston Musical Comedy Society (light opera and songs from the musicals).

 

 

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The Birley Residency Open Day

Birley Studio artists on the roof of the Harris building

Saturday 1 April,
10.00am - 5.00pm

Special Event with Preston-based professional artists

Drop into the Harris Museum to meet artists from The Birley artist studios in Preston and talk to them about their work.  There will be peformances by Martin Hamblen, Tao Lashley-Burnley and Rachel Pursglove and a talk by Benedict Rutherford.  New video work by Mat Birchall will be on display all day and you can take part in artist's boardgames by Steph Fletcher.

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Life Drawing Sessions with Nude Models

Birley Artist Studios

Saturdays 18 March, 22 April, 20 May & 17 June
12.00 - 3.00pm

Strong lighting, plenty of space, perfect atmosphere!

All sessions will include a series of quick poses and a longer pose after the half time refreshment break.

Bring your own dry materials/paper/easels.

Open to artists of all abilities.

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Martin Creed: Experimental Music Workshop

Martin Creed, Work No. 890: DON’T WORRY 2008.© Martin Creed.Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photographer Simon Critchley

Sunday 2 April & Sunday 9 April, 12.30 - 3.30pm

Come and make a piece of digital sound sculpture as your response to works in the ARTIST ROOMS: Martin Creed exhibition. Bring things with you to make interesting noises!

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Martin Creed: Exhibition Tour

Martin Creed. Work No. 960, (2008) Photographer Stuart Whipps

Wednesday 5 April, 11.00am - 1.00pm

Special Event with Audio Description

Turner prize winner Martin Creed is one of the most influential and exciting British artists today who uses sculpture, neon, painting, video and performance. Exhibition curator Clarissa Corfe will introduce his artworks. Everyone welcome.

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Maeve Rendle - I Remember All

Maeve Rendle, I Remember All

Wednesday 5 April 2017
7.00 - 7.20pm

A spectacular free film and performance work by
Maeve Rendle

Maeve Rendle takes fragments of a monologue from Chekhov's play
The Seagull to create a new, looping script that resonates powerfully with the present.  This is a unique chance to experience this brand new work in the museum's breathtaking atrium.

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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturday 8 April & Saturday 13 May
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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Martin Creed: Experimental Music Performance

Martin Creed, Work No. 890: DON’T WORRY 2008.© Martin Creed.Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photographer Simon Critchley

Wednesday 12 April, 6.15pm

Listen to participants from the recent Experimental Music Workshops inspired by ARTIST ROOMS: Martin Creed play their digital sound sculpture instruments.

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Martin Creed: Words and Music

© Martin Creed, Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Special Event
Tuesday 25 April
6.30pm (with pop-up bar)

VENUE: UCLan's Media Factory

Media Factory, Theatre 1
Kirkham Street
Preston
PR1 2XY

Turner prize winner Martin Creed is one of the most influential and exciting British artists today who uses sculpture, neon, painting, video and performance. To coincide with his ARTIST ROOMS: Martin Creed  exhibition at the Harris Museum and with the support of Derelict, Creed comes to Preston for an evening of words and music.

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Acid Brass

Jeremy Deller Acid Brass, 1997 The Williams Fairey Band at Manchester Airport Courtesy the Artist Photo: Jeremy Deller

A free Acid House Brass Band gig for Preston
Featuring the Williams Fairey Brass Band
(with warm-up DJ Dave Haslam)

Friday 28 April 2017
7.00-9.00pm

Acid Brass visits Preston for a special one-off performance of
Acid House classics.

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Martin Creed: Exhibition Tour

Martin Creed. Work No. 960, (2008) Photographer Stuart Whipps

Wednesday 10 May, 6.30-7.30pm

Special Event

Turner prize winner Martin Creed is one of the most influential and exciting British artists today who uses sculpture, neon, painting, video and performance. Exhibition curator Clarissa Corfe will introduce his artworks. Everyone welcome.

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OPENING HOURS
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.

Museum, Art Gallery, Library & Makerspace

Mon 10am-7pm
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Tue 10am-5pm

Wed 10am-7pm
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Fri 10am-5pm

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IT Centre Computers open 9am daily, except Sundays 11am

Café and Shop
Daily 10am-4pm, except Sundays 11am-3.30pm


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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