Exhibitions

Take a look at the latest exhibitions and displays currently on show at the Harris or are coming soon.

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Harry Potter: A History of Magic Displays

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Displays in the Community History Library
20 October – 30 December 2017

The Harry Potter: A History of Magic public library displays are inspired by the British Library Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition.

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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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Streets of Change: Beattie's Preston & Beyond

Edwin Beattie, Remains of the George Inn, Friagate, 1895

Exhibition
30 September - 26 November 2017

Wednesday 22 November FREE EVENT:
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here

Explore Preston's lost streets and buildings through our collection of Edwin Beattie watercolours and a giant Victorian map. What changes have you witnessed in Preston and what do you think about the city today?

Everybody welcome!

#BeattiePreston

 

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Lancashire in 70 objects: The Cuerdale Hoard

The Cuerdale Hoard, one of Lancashire in 70 objects

Discover Preston Gallery
Until 30 November 2017

In 1840 a vast hoard of Viking silver was found at Cuerdale near Preston. It was buried more than 1,100 years ago! We're celebrating this remarkable story for Lancashire Life's 70th anniversary project, A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects.  

 

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Harris Open Exhibition 2017

Harris Open exhibition

Exhibition
9 December 2017 – 21 January 2018
The Harris Open is a fresh and vibrant annual exhibition that gives the people of Preston a chance to take part in our annual open art show. We welcome entries in any media - including audio, installation, video painting, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and more. So embrace your chance to shine and exhibit your work at the Harris this year!

 

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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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Lubaina Himid

Image from Moments That Matter exhibition

Exhibition
March - 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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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 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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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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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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