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Exhibitions & Events Guide April – September 2013


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Exhibitions & Events Guide

April – September 2013

Workplace 11 May – 6 July From school to adulthood, we spend a huge amount of our lives in the workplace. In it, life-long friendships and romances are formed; it provides the arena in which power games and gender politics are played out at a macro and micro level; it is the setting for innovation and life-changing research as well as mind-numbing repetition and boredom. Through film works made by leading international artists, this exhibition explores the frustrations of life as an employee across the globe, revealing the often humorous strategies for survival and expressions of individualism that prevail. Artists featured: Adel Abidin, Emily Jacir, João Onofre, Pilvi Takala, John Wood and Paul Harrison and a new commission by Superflex. Workplace is a Mead Gallery touring exhibition organised in association with the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston. John Wood and Paul Harrison, 10 x 10, 2011 Still from single channel video, 15.37 min. Courtesy of the artists and Carroll/Fletcher

IOU: Volatile Light 20 July – 24 August

Step out of the summer sunshine and into a different world. Experience a miniature, wraparound universe of moving lights and sounds with you at the centre of it. Volatile Light features an array of specially made machines with LED lights attached to rotating arms, levers and cranks that weave a series of eccentric curves, sweeping arcs and hectic scribbles in the darkened gallery. Lights are transformed into a complex mixture of overlapping light trails and patterns using digital technology. Find out more about the technology and mechanics behind Volatile Light, see the virtual world version, and build your own lightpainting toy in our workshops for kids. More details can be found on our website. Volatile Light was originally commissioned by Junction Goole. IOU and Junction Goole are funded by Arts Council England. IOU is generously supported by Dean Clough Mills. Volatile Light. Image courtesy of IOU.



Exhibitions & Events Guide

April – September 2013

7 September – 30 November Masterstrokes brings you the only chance to see some of York Art Gallery’s finest paintings on this side of the Pennines. The exhibition features work from the past 600 years, from 15th century Italian art to works by David Hockney and LS Lowry. Dutch landscapes contrast with Walter Sickert’s view of Venice and Paul Nash’s Winter Sea. A portrait by Hogarth is complemented by EM Ward’s Victorian interpretation of Hogarth’s Studio. This is a rare opportunity to experience such a focused, yet diverse selection of oil paintings in the North West – don’t miss it. Other artists featured include: William Etty, Bernadino Fungai, Albert Moore, Sir Matthew Smith, and William Powell Frith.

Lawrence Stephen Lowry, 1887-1976 Clifford’s Tower, York, 1952 © The Estate of L.S. Lowry. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

Edward Matthew Ward, 1816-1879 Hogarth’s Studio in 1739, 1863 © York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)


Exhibition Special Events Workplace

Volatile Light

Tour & discussion in BSL 29 June 1–2pm, Free

Audio Described Sensory workshop Fri 9 Aug 2–4.30pm For adults. Free, booking essential on 01772 905414

Take a tour of the exhibition delivered in BSL and supported with a Lip Speaker. Although delivered in BSL, all are welcome! More talks and tours to be announced – check our website for details. Curator tours Tues 14 May, & Thurs 6 June 12.30-1pm, Free

A hands-on sensory experience of the exhibition aimed at adults with visual impairments, but everyone is welcome.

Join us for a guided tour round the Workplace exhibition.

Lights & Cogs Thurs 22 Aug 11am–3pm Families Free, drop in

Bring your workplace to our workplace!

Come and be enlightened by our illuminating and inventive hands-on activities for all the family!

Escape your own workplace for a while, come in and make use of desks and meeting spaces in the Workplace exhibition gallery. Whether you want somewhere to think creatively, to catch up with emails, blog, read or hold small, informal meetings, this is a unique chance to become part of the art … and let it inspire your work!

Discover the amazing machines made in Preston and the genius of their inventors, before exploring the use of light in art to create your own glowing masterpiece.

Contact Hilary Machell on 01772 903619 for more details.

Masterstrokes Curator Tour Thurs 26 Sept 1–1.30pm, Free Join our fine art curator for a tour of the exhibition.

More special events to be announced. Keep checking our website, Facebook and Twitter for details.


Exhibitions & Events Guide

April – September 2013

Also showing

Stitches In Time Until 28 September

Impressit: The art of printmaking

Explore the art of quilting and how it has been used for practical, decorative and campaigning purposes.

Until 27 April

Thirteen internationally respected contemporary printmakers showcase recent work highlighting the printing processes they use.

This exhibition brings together quilts made by the Well Women’s Centre as part of Preston Guild 1992, along with examples of quilting and patchwork from the Harris collection. Free Curator Tour Wed 29 May 1-1.30pm Free, drop in

Anne Desmet R.A R.E, Olympic Shadows, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

Curator Tour Mon 8 April, 1–1.30pm Free, drop in Intaglio Print Demonstration Sat 20 April, 12–4pm Free, Drop in Join artist Jason Hicklin as he demonstrates the intaglio printing process, explores the historical context of etching and the practicalities of working with metal, inks and paper. This is your chance to see the printing process in action and ask Jason questions about the process and his work. Talking Prints: Richard Noyce Wed 24 April, 6–7.30pm Free, booking essential call 01772 905414 Part of the Artlab Contemporary Print Studios programme, Talking Prints is a series of talks by artists exploring issues within contemporary printmaking, discussing current research, new developments in technologies and professional studio practice.

Quilting in Focus Thurs 20 June 1–1.30pm Free, drop in Join the curator to explore examples of quilting in more detail. Audio Described Tour Fri 28 June 2–3pm Free, drop in Tour of the exhibition featuring Audio Description and handling opportunities. This tour is especially for visuallyimpaired visitors, but everyone is welcome. Celebrating Preston Women in Stitch Tues 23 July 1–1.30pm Sat 7 Sept, 2–2.30pm Free, drop in Discover the stories of celebrated Preston women such as Edith Rigby – and how they have been represented in stitch.


The Soldier’s Song 12–20 April

Gallery news

Step inside the booth and sing a karaoke duet with a soldier. The Soldier’s Song is a quietly provocative installation from theatre company, Quarantine, developed over an 18-month period with currently serving soldiers. Find out more at Quarantine’s website:

Following the recent Digital Aesthetic 3 exhibition, digital artist, Terry Flaxton, was so pleased with the installation of his work, In Re Ansel Adams, 2008, that he donated it to the Harris. This mesmerising digital video piece can be seen in the fine art gallery.

The Soldier’s Song is presented and produced by Live at LICA (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts) with funding from Lancashire County Council.

Image: Gavin Parry

Stairway exhibition Alison Tootell & Gary Wiggins 17 April – 29 June Recent UCLan graduates Alison Tootell and Gary Wiggins explore themes of urban culture and degeneration through meticulous pencil drawings. Tootell’s finely detailed architectural studies depict vacated buildings in various stages of abandonment, while Wiggins’ energetic animal portraits question our use of animals as status symbols and test subjects.

We are also delighted that John Wood & Paul Harrison have donated an artists’ proof of their video, DIYVBIED, 2012 to our collection. This piece was commissioned for the same exhibition. Puck by Richard Dadd, acquired in 2011 through support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Art Fund, the Friends of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, and a bequest by Dorothy Wade through Arts Council England, will be back on display this spring after minor conservation. This important work has enhanced the painting and stabilised it for future generations to enjoy. The painting also underwent paint analysis and had x-rays taken to help us learn more about its history and Dadd’s working methods. Information about this exciting research will be available on the Harris website from late spring. In the café this spring/summer, there’s a flavour of the 2012 Cotton Exchange Project between Gujarat, India and NW England, curated by young co-producer Katherine Wynn. The displays feature artist and co-producer work; cotton industry artefacts from museum collections; textiles and other items collected on the research trip to Gujarat. Elsewhere in the museum, from May onwards look out for Family Threads: stories of faith, love, separation and loss in Preston families through a selection of embroidered samplers from 1800 to 1918. There will also be a new display from the Spencer collection of children’s books focusing on the work of artist and illustrator Kate Greenaway.


Exhibitions & Events Guide

April – September 2013

Special Events

Discover Preston Free talks The unsung heroes of Preston Station Free Buffet Wed 17 April, 1–1.30pm Plain sewing for plain girls: Needlework and girls’ education in Victorian England Wed 15 May, 2–2.45pm with Keith Vernon The Civil War sampler and the families of Elston and Brockholes Wed 12 June, 2–2.45pm with Trevor Kirkham Explore the Horrockses Mill model on its 100th anniversary! Wed 10 July, 1–1.30pm The Poulton Elk Wed 11 Sept, 1–1.30pm

Free tours What Makes Preston Special? 6 April, 4 & 22 May, 1 & 26 June, 13 & 24 July, Sat 10 Aug, 7 & 18 Sept 1–1.30pm Find out about what makes our city unique and innovative.

Preston Passion re-ignited! Wed 3 April, 2pm & 6pm Free, booking essential, call 01772 905414 Re-live Guild year with this screening of the BBC’s Easter 2012 production of the Preston Passion. How to … understand medals Thurs 23 May, 2–4pm £2, booking essential, call 01772 905414 A practical introduction to identifying and caring for your medals. Stitches for a Sampler Fri 31 May & Sat 15 June 10am–12pm Adults £4, book on 01772 905414 A practical workshop led by the Preston Embroiderers Guild. Learn stitches used for samplers and get advice on fabric, threads and simple layout techniques. Finds Day Monday 19th August, 1–4pm Free, drop in Bring in your archaeological finds for identification and handle some artefacts.

Lectures All our lectures are at 6pm and cost £3 (£2 for Friends of the Harris) Book your place on 01772 905414 Pride of Preston, the Dick, Kerr Ladies 1917–1965, football’s best kept secret Wed 8 May Author Gail Newsham charts the history of the world’s most successful female football team. Preston Then & Now Wed 5 June Author John Garlington explores the photographs of bygone Preston which inspired his latest book.

A Right Royal Performance – the King’s tour of Lancashire in 1913 Wed 10 July Harris curator Emma Heslewood explores the background and events of the 1913 Royal tour from celebration to controversy. Find out about special screenings of films from the 1913 visit by visiting North West Film Archive’s website Spinning a Golden Yarn: The former Stephen Simpson Gold Thread Works, Preston Wed 4 Sept Historian Linda Barton, explores the former Stephen Simpson Gold Thread Works, Preston, and the genius of the Simpson family and their embroiderers. The Horrockses Story Wed 2 Oct Historian Dr David Hunt explores the history of Preston’s largest cotton company.

Art Events Free tours: Fine Art Gallery All 1-1.40pm Sat 11 May Contemporary Art Thurs 13 June 20th Century Paintings Sat 6 July With a little help from the Friends – works purchased and conserved with support from the Friends Thurs 15 Aug Victorian Paintings


Ceramics & Glass Events Free Talk: Tradition and innovation in studio ceramics Thurs 16 May, 1-1.30pm Explore the links between works by studio potters such as Bernard Leach and historic pots in the collection. Free tours: Scent bottles All 1-1.30pm Wed 19 June Novelty scent bottles Sat 24 Aug Mrs French: scent bottle collector extraordinaire

Discover the Harris Museums at Night Fri 17 May The Harris will be open late with lots to see and do during the evening. Check our website for details after Easter. ‘Virtual’ Egyptian Balcony Tour Sat 3 Aug , 1–2pm Let our volunteers bring the Egyptian Balcony to you in the Discovery Room! Enjoy a virtual tour without having to climb the stairs to the 3rd floor. Egyptian Balcony Tour Sat 27 April & 8 June Special Tours: Tues 16 July & Sat 31 August Goddesses and Queens of Ancient Egypt For ages 10+ £1/50p conc. Book at the shop or on 01772 905414 Our ever-popular tour takes you to the top of the Harris to feast your eyes on John Somerscales’ friezes. See our family leaflet for details of new tours for younger visitors. Continued on page 10


Exhibitions & Events Guide

April – September 2013

Discover the Harris (cont.)

Young People

The Harris – An Architectural Gem Thurs 18 April, Sat 25 May, Thurs 27 June 1-1.30pm, Free Find out more about the fascinating architecture and history of the Grade 1 listed Harris building.

Young Harris Sat 4 & 25 May, 15 June, 13 July, 24 Aug 1-3.30pm Aged 11+ Interested in art? Come and join Young Harris! Check out our Facebook page: Youngharris

Heritage Open Days 12–15 Sept The Harris will be taking part in the annual celebration of historic buildings - along with other Preston venues. See our website for full details during the summer.

Contemporary Fashion Design workshop with an Indian twist! Sat 17 Aug 2-4pm Ages 14-25 Young designer Charlotte Ridge will guide you in creating Indian fashion designs based on the Cotton Exchange project. Why not come along early at 12pm and find out about the Arts Award!

Plan your visit Access Blue Badge parking is available in Jacson Street. There is a ramp at the museum entrance. We welcome guide and assistance dogs and an induction loop is fitted throughout the galleries. We have a ground floor accessible toilet. Audio guides are available on the second floor, or from any member of staff.

Bring your family Baby-changing facilities are available. As well as regular family workshops (see for details) there are trails, Annie’s Arty bags and family activities to be found throughout the day in the galleries.


Bring your group to the Harris We welcome groups – please contact us to discuss how we can help you make the most of your visit.

Looking for a different gift? Our shop stocks a range of gifts for adults and children, including unique items you won’t find anywhere else in Preston.

Have you tried our café? Selling locally-produced snacks, it’s the perfect place for a break or to meet friends.

Join our fan club! The Friends of the Harris are our biggest supporters. For just £15 per year members get exclusive benefits like free or discounted tickets for events and 10% discount in our shop and café. Every membership fee helps the Harris. To find out more email, pick up a leaflet next time you’re here, or see the Friends’ blog at

Keep in touch Why not join our mailing list and keep up-to-date with the latest Harris news and events? E-mail your name and postal address to with ‘mailing list’ in the subject box. Alternatively, please call us on 01772 258248. We will not pass your details on to any other organisation. Let us know if you are interested in any of the following: • • • •

history paintings & sculpture contemporary art costume/textiles

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glass/ceramics family events Friends of the Harris, or volunteering.

Help us make every visit special You can help more people benefit from what we do by making a donation to our charity, the Friends of the Harris (Reg. charity 503726) by text. Just text HARR11 followed by £3, £5 or £10 to 70070 to donate now. Thank you

Opening times Museum & Art Gallery Monday 11am – 5pm Tuesday–Saturday 10am – 5pm Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays Harris Museum Shop Monday–Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm Harris Museum Café Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm

Front cover: Adel Abidin, Consumption of War, 2011 Still from video installation, 3.20 min Courtesy of the artist. Featured in Workplace exhibition 11 May – 6 July

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Exhibition & Events Guide April – September 2013  

Booklet outlining the Harris Museum & Art Gallery's exhibition and events for April – September 2013

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