8 March - 9 November
Extended to November by popular demand!
Explore the art of quilting and how it has been used for practical, decorative and campaigning purposes.
We welcome back to Preston quilted banners made by local women from the Well Women’s Centre in 1992 as part of the Pieces of History project.
This project raised awareness of the influential part women played in the history of Preston and promoted the needlework skills and textiles on which Preston’s prosperity was founded.
Each banner is a tribute to these women; from the suffragettes and the Mill Girl to the Dick Kerr’s Ladies Women’s Football Team and Preston Women of Today, we’re delighted to have them all on show in Preston for the first time in 20 years!
Other banners include Preston Lasses Mun Hey the Vote and Maudland, on loan from the People’s History Museum.
From the Harris’ own patchwork and quilting collections there are significant pieces such as the magnificent Harris wall hanging by internationally-renowned quilter, Josephine Ratcliff, a textile work by contemporary artist, Shezad Dawood, and unusual items such as the quilted Preston City Bid Box. The care and attention to detail taken to produce the box helped to persuade the judges to award Preston city status in 2002.
Image: An Evocation of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston Josephine Ratcliff, 1998.