Exhibitions

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

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Ribble Motor Services

Ribble 100 mage of a bus

Special Display
Until 7 July  

This case display celebrates 100 years of Ribble Motor Services.

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G R A F T: A show of UK young artists

5 April - 2 June
You are invited to the preview night on Thursday 4 April
5.30 - 8pm.
Free. Everyone welcome. Drop by.
Plus live performance piece at 7.30pm

The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library in partnership with UK Young Artists are excited to present G R A F T showcasing artists living, working and making across the UK today.

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Fearsome Craftsmen

15 June - 26 August 2019

In this exhibition discover how Viking artisans turned the materials they had around them into stunning items of cultural significance.

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Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station

Photograph of Preston Bus Station courtesy of LEP

21 September - 24 November 2019
Preston Bus Station is an internationally important piece of architecture that was built for everyday use by the people of Preston.

Photograph of bus station car park ramp ©LEP

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Preston Street Style

Preston Street Style montage

Exhibition
Until Autumn 2019
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

Discover Preston logo

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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