There is something for everyone at the Harris this spring with four exciting new exhibitions opening this month, from local history to newly-made art. 

There is plenty for everyone to see in our spring exhibitions. Visitors will have the chance to see new work by Preston based artists Anita George, Gavin Renshaw and Kathryn Poole specially commissioned for the The Artful Line exhibition and inspired by the history of the Courtauld’s factory, now Red Scar Business Park.

Katherine Dunleavy, Regional Programme Coordinator at The Courtauld Gallery, said, “We are thrilled to take forward our partnership with the Harris with the loans of four exceptional works by artists including Dante Gabriele Rossetti and Frank Auerbach, and to provide an opportunity for Prestonians to experience and enjoy these remarkable drawings from The Courtauld Gallery’s collection. It is fantastic to also celebrate our shared heritage with Courtaulds textiles through this exhibition.”

For The Unfurlings exhibition, People in Preston living with dementia worked with artist Ian Beesley and poet Ian McMillan on their banner. The Harris has created a dementia-friendly space, by including people with dementia in all elements of creating and planning the exhibition area, to play their part in the bigger Dementia Friendly Communities movement. The banners in the exhibition are based on traditional trade union and guild designs with Preston’s banner highlighting the need for better signage in public places.

Kathleen Storton, Service Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Central and West Lancashire said, “We are pleased to be uniting against dementia with the Harris on The Unfurlings. The exhibition will really bring to light some of the issues that are important to people with dementia and showcase them in a fun way. There will be lots of things to get involved with while the exhibition is on, from music to craft sessions. Information and support will also be available via Alzheimer’s Society”.

Artist Abigail Reynolds’ artistic work is closely linked to books and libraries. In 2016, she travelled to the sites of fifteen former great libraries along the Silk Road to consider what a library means today. Her new work for the Harris exhibition displays rare books and the oldest photograph from the Harris collection, alongside a moving image work giving voices to these objects and exploring the secret places of the Harris. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to experience objects from the Harris collection that have never been on display before.

Artist Abigail Reynolds said, “The Harris has wonderful books and photographs hidden in its stores. I wanted to bring a few of these treasures to light, and put them into a contemporary conversation.”

The Harris Young Producers are proud to present MORE T'NORTH a contemporary exhibition that seeks to go beyond typical northern stereotypes. MORE T'NORTH shows a fresh collection of paintings, sculptures, installation and film of fifteen artists which have been specially selected by the Harris Young Producers to prove there is MORE T'NORTH than thick accents and pies! The Harris Young Producers is a collaboration between the Harris and Blaze, an arts organisation led by young people to develop the next generation of creative producers. 

Artist Shonargh Short said,I’m really excited to have my work shown at such a prestigious venue and I think it’s fantastic the Harris Young Producers are challenging out of date stereotypes about the North by showcasing new contemporary artists from the region. The Harris Young Producers are a hotbed of talent and I’m thrilled to be working with them on More T’North, it feels like Preston and the North are the place to be!"

Vikesh Chauhan, Owner of local driving school EasyPass, said, “We are absolutely delighted to sponsor this exhibition of work by young people, chosen by young people. During the exhibition, we’ll be making a £10 donation to the Harris for every new driving school student who signs up and says they heard about us through the Harris.”

Cllr Peter Kelly, Cabinet member for culture and leisure at Preston City Council said, 

"The Harris works closely with artists, partners and community groups to produce exhibitions of a high quality that engage with our visitors.

“Each exhibition has a different theme and this variety in our spring and autumn offer has proved popular with visitors, signifying an increase in visitor numbers year on year.

“We would like to thank our partners, The Courtauld Gallery, The Alzheimer’s Society, Harris Young Producers, Abigail Reynolds and all the artists and curators involved, for their hard work in delivering the 2020 spring exhibitions."

There is a full programme of exhibition events including February Half Term, Easter and Spring Bank Holidays at


Exhibitions open on Saturday 15 February and run until 31 May 2020

*Artist Abigail Reynolds solo exhibition Taken in a few seconds /// By the reflection of light runs until 10 May 2020.*




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