Exhibitions

Harris Open Exhibition 2019

Harris opening night

14 December – 26 January 2020
Preview night - Friday 13 December 6pm - 8pm. FREE. Everyone welcome.
The Harris Open is one of our most popular exhibitions - last year we showcased 516 works belonging to 327 local artists with 63 of the artists aged under 18. This year we are looking to encourage even more young artists to enter their work. 

The Harris Open is an energetic and quirky exhibition full of positivity and colour and is guaranteed to give a boost to get rid of those winter blues!

 

The Harris Open has been running now for many years – the first one was in 1926 and back then it was called the Lancashire Art Exhibition. The Harris Open gives Preston residents from a 5 mile radius of the Harris, a chance to unite and show Harris visitors what they are made of. The exhibition attracts thousands of visitors every year. 

Artists come from all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience - from just for fun to professional practicing artists - are invited to submit one or two artworks they have created in the last 2 years and not previously shown at the Harris. It is a brilliant way to be a part of something big and feel connected to like-minded people.

There is also the option to sell your work – the Harris takes a 30% commission.

Traditionally, we have encouraged submissions of wall based 2 dimensional art work, but this year we would like to try even harder to represent the rich cultural diversity of Preston and encourage you to submit a variety of art forms as diverse as you like! For example digital, sound, performance, installation, along with the more traditional art forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textiles, and ceramics.

Entry submissions closed mid-night Sunday 24 November 2019

The information you submited online will go directly into the Harris Open 2019 catalogue.

Download your information sheet here

What you need to know

The information you submit online will not be shared with any third parties and will be destroyed once the Harris Open Exhibition closes


Handing in days

Wednesday 4 December 5pm until 7pm in gallery 2 on the second floor

Saturday 7 December 10.30am until 4pm in gallery 2 on the second floor

Sunday 8 December 11.30am until 3pm in gallery 2 on the second floor

 

Preview night - Friday 13 December 6pm - 8pm

Public Opening

Saturday 14 December

Winners announced at 7pm.

Who can enter?

The exhibition is open to all ages and abilities living or studying in the Preston City Council area or within a 5 mile radius of the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library.




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