Exhibitions 2012

Digital Aesthetic 2012: Art in a digital world

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Exhibition
6 October - 5 January 2013
Digital Aesthetic³ 2012
brings the cream of the international digital art world to Preston.
It showcases the latest and best in digital art through a programme of exhibitions, events and a two-day conference.

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Field of Vision: Two Printmakers, Ten Walks, Two Countries

Print from Field of Vision exhibition

Stairway exhibition
Until 14 April
Tracy Hill and Martha Oatway are both printmakers with a shared passion for walking.

For Field of Vision they took walks together around the areas in which they live, Lancashire and Washington DC, and through print we saw their different responses to the landscapes.

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A Private Affair: Personal Collections of Contemporary Art

One of the collectors featured in A Private Affair at home with their art.

Exhibition
28 January – 5 May
In 2012, we present a major exhibition series focusing on the people and the stories behind collections – from private collectors to those individuals whose donations and vision founded museum collections such as the Harris’ for the enjoyment of all. 

Firstly, A Private Affair told the personal stories behind private collections of contemporary art asking; why do people collect contemporary art, what influences decisions on collecting, and how does it affect or enhance their lives?

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Picturesque Porcelain: British Landscape on a Plate

Porcelain plate from the Miller bequest

Cafe exhibition
Until May 2012
Robin Miller, a descendant of Thomas Miller, who owned one of Preston’s most successful cotton manufacturers, Horrockses, left a generous bequest in his will to the Harris Museum & Art Gallery in 2011. This display highlighted pieces from an elegantly detailed service of Crown Derby porcelain dinnerware.

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Helen McGhie - Identity Crisis

Swimming Pool by Helen McGhie

Stairway exhibition
18 April - 7 July
Helen McGhie’s photographs explore ideas surrounding identity and sense of place. She is intrigued by photography’s ability to shape and emphasise reality.

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Global Threads: Asian Textiles and Fashion Today

Global Thread exhibition photo

Exhibition
14 May 2011 - 28 July 2012

Global Threads is a ground-breaking new fashion exhibition co-curated by young people from Lancashire. It mixes historic South Asian textiles with today’s catwalk, high street and student fashion.

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Fired up for the Guild: Guild Ceramics by UCLan Students

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Cafe exhibition
Until September 2012

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery and students of Ceramics and Contemporary Craft at UCLan have created a new Preston Guild ceramics exhibition in the Museum’s Café gallery.

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A Public Affair: 130 Years of Fine Art Collecting at the Harris

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Exhibition
6 May - 15 September


In 1882, during Guild week, the foundation stone was laid for the Harris Free Public Library and Museum. Even though the building did not open until 1893, from the very beginning plans were afoot to include galleries devoted to the fine arts, and over time, build up a permanent collection of art. From those early beginnings to the present day
A Public Affair looks back, and celebrates 130 years of collecting art at the Harris.

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Lubaina Himid: Moments That Matter

Image from Moments That Matter exhibition

Exhibition
31 August – 3 November


A contemporary exhibition of paintings and photographs created by Lubaina Himid visualising North West legacy stories assembled from 50 people who participated in London 2012 from the sports stadium to culture, from schools to businesses and volunteers.

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The Shepherd Library at 250

Image from Botanicon by Theodor Dorsten 1540

Exhibition
26 November 2011 – 26 May 2012

2011 marked the 250th anniversary of the donation of the Shepherd Library to Preston. To celebrate we displayed some of these amazing rare books around the building to celebrate the library and its benefactor, the Preston doctor Richard Shepherd (1694-1761).

This project was organised by the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and Lancashire County Council Community Heritage with support from Preston City Council.


Image: Botanicon by Theodor Dorsten, 1540.
Shepherd Library. Courtesy of LCC Community Heritage

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Catriona Stamp

Catriona Stamp exhibit

Stairway exhibition
12 July – 22 September
The latest stairway exhibition features the work of Catriona Stamp, making connections between people, places and times.

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The Cotton Exchange - Artist's Residency

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10 – 28 September

During September we will be hosting an Indian artists’ residency, featuring Shamji Vishram – an artisan/weaver, and LOkesh Ghai – a textile designer, both working in Gujarat, India.

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