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Exhibitions & Events Guide

October 2012 – March 2013


A Preston City Council Service


Exhibitions & Events Guide

October 2012 – March 2013

Exhibition in focus

Digital Aesthetic3 2012 Art in a Digital World

6 October 2012 – 5 January 2013 Digital Aesthetic3 2012 brings the cream of the international digital art world to Preston to showcase the latest and best in digital art through exhibitions, events and a two-day conference. Artists have always experimented with, and pushed the boundaries of, the advances in the technologies and techniques of their day to create work that reflects their view of the world. The artists in Digital Aesthetic3 2012 embrace this philosophy, creating art with everyday technologies such as interactive games (that you can play), photographs and videos. However, appearances can be deceptive … look closer and discover details and meanings not seen at first glance. The exhibitions feature work by 20 significant and pioneering international artists, including Takahiko Iimura (Japan) and Sophie Calle (France), plus British artists such as Terry Flaxton and Pat Flynn. There are two new commissions: a web-based work, The Museum of Glitch Aesthetics by Mark Amerika (USA) produced in association with the AND Festival, and DIYVBIED, an HD film by Harrison and Wood (UK).

Digital Aesthetic3 2012 is a collaboration between the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and the Electronic & Digital Art Unit at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Find out more about the artists & digital art at: Twitter: @digi_aesthetic3

Lee Yongbaek, Angel-Soldier_Photo No.8, 2011, C-print. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Free Talks & Tours – Harris Tours Thurs 18 Oct, Fri 7 Dec 1pm-1.30pm Wed 7 Nov 2-3pm Wed 21 Nov 2-3pm Each tour will introduce you to different aspects of the exhibition. The hourlong tours are particularly suitable for hearing impaired visitors, although all are welcome! Drop in. Artist Talk: Mark Amerika Tues 6 Nov 2pm Join digital artist, Mark Amerika as he discusses his new work, Museum of Glitch Aesthetics, commissioned for Digital Aesthetic3 2012. Lecture: Culture Recoded: Location, Identity and Reality in the Digital Age Tues 6 Nov 3.30 pm Booking essential, call 01772 905414 Mark Amerika delivers the latest lecture in the Culture Recoded series. Open to the public, students and arts professionals. Organised by School of Art, Design & Performance, UCLan. For further details of lectures in this series visit their page at

Artist talk: Talking prints Wed 14 Nov 6-7.30pm Booking essential, call 01772 905414 Part of the Artlab Contemporary Print 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. This talk features Paul Laidler and following the talk, there will be opportunity to network and view Paul’s portfolio. For more details about the Talking Prints programme please visit:

                     Events at UCLan

Curator tour at PR1 Gallery Fri 12 Oct 1pm Print workshop for adults at UCLan Sat 17 Nov 10am–4pm places are limited – book now on 01772 905414       £30 Inspired by Digital Aesthetic3 2012, explore the digital element in contemporary printmaking. Using a photograph brought to the workshop (on USB stick/CD), participants will use it as a basis for creating a screenprint and relief print.


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Also showing Dressing Up for the Guild Until 23 February 2013 Find out how the people of Preston have dressed up to celebrate Preston Guild over the last 200 years in this unique exhibition based on highlights from the Harris’ historic costume collection. Listen to music and diary extracts, the sounds that set the scene of a busy Guild celebration, whilst you discover the stories of the historic costumes and the people who wore them. Look out for Guild memories from proud Prestonians.

October 2012 – March 2013

Lunch-time talk: Four Guilds of Fashion Thurs 18 Oct 1-1.30pm, Free, drop in Explore the changes in fashion during four Preston Guilds featured in the exhibition, Dressing Up for the Guild. Lecture: Preston Guild Fancy Dress Wed 7 Nov 6.30-8pm Tickets £5, FREE for Friends of the Harris, to book call 01772 905414 Uthra Rajgopal, V&A Curator shares her recent research into the Harris’ Guild fancy-dress collection for the Dressing Up for the Guild exhibition.

Dressing up for the Guild Gallery

Moments that Matter Lubaina Himid Until 3 November Thousands of people in the North West have been involved in projects connected with the London 2012 Olympics. The impact of this participation has been very significant and the memories will last for years for many people. This archive project by international artist, Lubaina Himid visualises 50 of their stories in a series called Moments that Matter. Each of the 50 Trophy Cups painted on paper is individually made using the unique words and descriptions shared by participants with the artist. Look out for the Moments that Matter banners in the windows of city centre shops and online at Co-commissioned by Cultural Olympiad and Nations and Regions Group, North West. Supported by WE PLAY Expo, Preston Guild 2012 and UCLAN.

Coming soon ... Harris Open Exhibition 19 January – 9 February 2013 It’s time again for our annual celebration of local creative talent. We’re inviting Preston-based artists to show painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and more. This is your chance to share your artistic skills with the whole city.


Stitches in Time 8 March – Summer 2013 Explore the art of quilting and how it has been used for practical, decorative and campaigning purposes. This exhibition brings together quilts made by the Well Women’s Centre as part of Preston Guild 1992, the magnificent Harris wall hanging by Josephine Ratcliff and examples of quilting and patchwork from the Harris and other collections.

This year we are especially looking for responses to the 2012 Preston Guild. As always we encourage children to enter the section for under 16s. You can pick up an entry form at the Museum or from the Harris website from 5 November. Handing in days for work are 11 and 12 January 2013. Many items are for sale and make unique presents. Sponsored by

Impressit: The art of printmaking 23 February – 27 April 2013

Josephine Ratcliff, Museum Piece, 1998.

Curated by staff from UCLan, Impressit celebrates the wide variety of printmaking happening today. As well as featuring internationallyrespected printmakers and local artists, the exhibition explores the process of printmaking demonstrating a wide variety of innovative ways of creating prints. There will be exhibition tours, lectures and workshops where you can try printmaking taking place during the exhibition. For more details, visit the Harris website or call 01772 905414

Tracy Hill, Foot square #3, 2011 Multi layered screenprint and drawing on acrylic panels


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October 2012 – March 2013

Discover Preston

Talks, tours and workshops:

Discover fascinating stories about the people, ideas and events that shaped our city in the brand new gallery, Discover Preston. Take a fresh look at Preston’s past – you’ll be amazed at what you find!

Free Lunch-time talks & tours All 1–1.30pm, just drop in Secret history of Preston Dock Wed 17 Oct Find out about the building of Preston Dock, its history and the finds unearthed during its construction. The mysterious Bleasdale Circle Wed 14 Nov Focusing on the discovery of the Bleasdale timber circle and the finds from this Bronze Age monument. What Makes Preston Special? Tues 27 Nov A talk celebrating our fine city on Lancashire Day!

Whose footsteps are you following in? Unearth evidence of our earliest ancestors, from 13,500 years ago through the Poulton Elk, stone-age nomads, Romans and Vikings as well as more recent Prestonians, such as Richard Arkwright and Sir Tom Finney. Why is Preston special? Preston North End, the unique Preston Guild, and Horrockses, world-famous cotton designers and manufacturers, 13,500 year old Poulton Elk

A badge of honour Wed 12 Dec A closer look at Simpson’s, the gold thread manufacturers whose badges adorned the uniforms of soldiers, sailors and spies. If objects could talk Each month we focus on one object displayed in the gallery and the story behind it. Wed 16 Jan Fosters’ Tachograph

all spring to mind and are featured in Discover Preston. You’ll also find tales of inspirational Prestonians from all walks of life who helped to shape the way we live today. Find out about the volunteers who offered refreshments to millions of soldiers and sailors on their way through Preston railway station to fight in two World Wars, women


Wed 13 Feb Earl of Derwentwater’s death mask Wed 13 Mar Capt. Henry Foster’s death mask

Special Guest talks Robin Blake: Crime and detection in 18th century Preston Wed 17 Oct 6.30-8pm Tickets £5, Free for Friends of the Harris Booking essential, call 01772 905414 Join Preston-born author Robin Blake as he shares fascinating facts and stories about the historical roots of Preston and signs copies of his new novel, Dark Waters, the second in his historical crime series set in Georgian Preston. Preston & Scotland: From Conflict to Celebration 14 Nov, 2.30 - 3.30pm Tickets £5 including tea and shortbread from 2pm FREE for Friends of the Harris Booking essential, call 01772 905414 Learn about Preston’s links with Traquair, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, with Catherine Maxwell Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair, and Margaret Fox, Traquair House archivist. The talk covers the Battles of Preston (1648 and 1716) and the recently published book, A Tour to Preston Guild in 1802

who created social, health and political change, and the scientific priest who made Preston the first town lit by gas. Fresh from the 2012 Preston Guild celebrations, uncover the history of the Guild through specially selected items revealing stories from the Guilds of the last 250 years. Coin from Cuerdale Viking hoard, found 1840

Discover Preston Gallery

We bring the world to you in our Discovery Room where the whole family can get closer to history with many objects on display for the first time, such as coins. Find out more about the ancient Greeks, ancient Egyptians and the mysterious Bleasdale Circle. Discover more about the stories behind the collections at one of our talks, tours or workshops. For children – become Time Explorers and get hands on with history! Join the conversation on Twitter #DiscoverPreston


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October 2012 – March 2013

Harris Collections

Talks & Tours

Tradition: Historic and Modern Pots 6 October 2012 – 16 March 2013 Gallery Oldham

Here’s just a flavour of the events taking place at the Harris. Details of events linked to exhibitions can be found with the exhibitions. For latest news and full details of all events listed in this guide, please visit our website or join the mailing list. Talks & tours are free, just drop in, unless otherwise stated.

Gallery Oldham is set to feature items from the Harris collection as part of an exhibition exploring the relationship between ceramics history and contemporary makers. Chinese Sung pottery and early English slipware of the 1700s from the Harris will sit alongside pieces from makers such as Bernard Leach, Takeshi Yasuda, Alison Britton and Claire Curneen. Tradition is also the first showing of our new joint acquisition, Ocean, by Natasha Daintry. This exhibition celebrates of the collaboration between Gallery Oldham and the Harris Museum since 2008 on the Heritage Lottery Funded project, Collecting Cultures.

Explore the Harris’ oil paintings online Have you seen the BBC website, Your Paintings yet? This partnership between the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation enables you to browse all our oil paintings online.

Collections Talks Scent Bottles Thurs 25 Oct 1-1.30pm Join us for a talk showcasing our most beautiful scent bottles from Mrs French’s collection. Bernard Leach Wed 31 Oct 1-2pm This talk focuses on eminent studio potter, Bernard Leach, and our recent acquisition of one of his works. Scent Bottles Thurs 22 Nov 1-1.30pm Explore the novelty scent bottles from Mrs French’s collection. Collecting Ceramics Wed 6 Mar 1-2pm Join our Curator of Decorative Art to get an insight into the role the Heritage Lottery Fund has played in helping the Harris to develop its ceramics collection.

Tours Fine Art galleries 1-1.40pm Sat 27 Oct Victorian paintings Thur 15 Nov With a little help from the Friends – works purchased and conserved with support from the Friends Unknown Artist, Thomas Swindlehurst

Sat 9 Feb 20th Century paintings Thur 14 March Contemporary works The Harris – an architectural gem! Sat 10 Nov, Thur 24 Jan & Sat 23 Mar 1-1.30pm Find out more about the fascinating architecture and history of the Grade 1 listed Harris building. Egyptian Balcony Tour Sat 13 Oct, Thur 6 Dec, Sat 16 Feb 1-1.30pm For ages 10+ Cost: £1/50p conc. This tour is very popular; book your place at the Museum shop, 01772 905414. Children’s Egyptian Balcony tour Sat 23 Feb 1-1.30pm For ages 10+ Cost: £1/50p Special tour suitable for younger visitors

Special events Glimpse into the Guild Archives Mon 29 Oct 2-2.30pm, 2.45-3.15pm & 3.30-4pm Booking essential, call 01772 905414 Join Lancashire Archives for a fascinating glimpse into the Guild archives. Traditional Pipes @ the Harris Sat 20 Oct 12-3pm Free, drop in Part of a worldwide celebration of the Uilleann Pipes, the most evocative instrument of Irish music, with a live performance including tunes from the Guilds of the past. National Celebrations There will be special workshops taking place at the Harris to mark national celebrations such as Interfaith week (19-25 November), Chinese New Year


(9 Feb 2013) and International Women’s Day (9 March 2013). Please check our website nearer the time for details of what’s going on! Events in October include: Black History Month October Find a range of educational, thought provoking and expressive activities and events for all ages, on offer throughout October, in and around Preston. Have a look at what’s on at: as well as the Harris website. World Mental Health Day Art and Poetry workshop Wed 10 Oct 1.30-4.30pm Free, drop in Join the Harris’ Creative Journeys Art and Poetry group at the Minster on Church Street, for an expressive workshop that is guaranteed to make you feel good! Part of the Open Mind Festival

Events for Young People Young Harris Sat 27 Oct, 17 Nov, 19 Jan, 23 Mar Wed 20 & Thurs 21 Feb (two-day project) 1-4pm Free Aged 11+ and into art – why not join Young Harris? Work with our experts and professional artists and get the chance to work towards your Bronze Arts Award. More info on Facebook at YoungHarrisPreston Animation workshop 1 Nov 10.30-3.30pm £3, booking essential, call 01772 905414 Ages 12-16 Work with a professional artist to learn animation techniques.


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Events for families There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained at the weekend and during the school holidays! Choose from regular drop in sessions such as Hands On at the Harris and Wonderful Wednesdays to longer sessions where kids can become Time Explorers (history-based fun) or Arty Explorers (intro to art styles and artists). For younger visitors, check out Little Hands On just for the under-fives and their carers.

October 2012 – March 2013

Why not become a Friend of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery? The Friends are our most important supporters! Members enjoy exclusive benefits such as opportunities to meet artists and curators and see behind the scenes, invitations to special events, free tickets to many talks and a 10% discount in the shop and café, all for only £15 per year. To find out more, phone 01772 903619 or email

There are also trails, Annie’s Arty bags and family activities to be found all day in the galleries – just look for Annie the Artist! (or ask one of our Visitor Services Assistants) Check the Harris website, for dates and times of all family activities.

Keep in Touch You can 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 glass/ceramics family events Friends of the Harris, or volunteering.


Visitor Information

Museum Shop & Café


Why not drop into our café for a drink and a snack?

Blue Badge parking is available in Jacson Street. There is a ramp at the museum entrance.

We offer locally-produced sandwiches, crisps, cakes, biscuits and even ice cream from Lancashire.

We welcome guide and assistance dogs and an induction loop is fitted throughout the galleries. We have a ground floor accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities.

Our shop stocks a range of cards and gifts for adults and children, including unique artistmade items. Look out for our range of Guild and history goodies.

Audio guides are available in the Fine Art Gallery on the second floor, or from any member of staff.

Friends of the Harris get 10% off in the shop and cafe.

There is also free wi-fi available in the museum.

Large print guide available upon request.

Groups If you would like to bring a group, please contact us to discuss your plans so we can help you make the most of your visit.

Make a difference You can support the work of the Harris by making a text donation to the Friends of the Harris (reg. charity 503726). Simply 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: Detail of Horrockses Mill Model in the new history gallery, Discover Preston.

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Harris Museum & Art Gallery Exhibition & Events Guide for October 2012 - March 2013