A selection of works from the Harris and the Courtauld Gallery in London, featuring works from the 17th century to the present day, can now be seen in an online virtual tour. The exhibition includes drawings by Angelica Kauffman, William Blake, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Frank Auerbach and Deanna Petherbridge with contemporary works from local Preston artists Gavin Renshaw, Kathryn Poole and Anita George.

The Artful Line exhibition is one of Harris’ Spring 2020 exhibitions and opened just prior to the current Covid-19 crisis saw the building temporarily close. The exhibition explored how a drawing can be a first thought rapidly sketched, a complex work made in preparation for a finished composition, or an independent artwork. A drawing can also be a record of how we see the world, or a visualisation of the artist’s imagination.

The Harris curators, working remotely with the team from the Courtauld Gallery have now made all the works on display available to see safely online from the comfort of your own home.

Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader at Preston City Council, said,

“We are grateful that the Harris and Courtauld teams have been able to deliver this fascinating exhibition online for everyone to enjoy safely from home. I know many of us are missing the opportunity to visit familiar places such as museums, art galleries and libraries with friends and family. Going online with their work in this way means the Harris and the Courtauld Gallery can keep in touch with their visitors until it is safe to open again.” 

Katherine Dunleavy, Regional Programmer Coordinator for the Courtauld Gallery, added,

“We are delighted to have been able to work with the Harris to produce the exhibition online, alongside a special selection of talks and interactive activities available for people to do at home. We hope everyone will enjoy these easy to do activities, find out more about drawing and create their work at home with talks from curators and artists to inspire you.”

The exhibition is part of an ongoing project with the Courtauld Gallery that celebrates our shared heritage with Courtaulds textiles. Gavin Renshaw, Kathryn Poole and Anita George have made new work for the exhibition inspired by the history of the site, now Red Scar Business Park, and the people who worked there.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the closure of the factory in Preston. Visitors online can also find out more about Samuel Courtauld and the history of the Courtauld Institute of Art

Online activities include:

Exhibition virtual Tour

Curator Talk with Dr Ketty Gottardo

Dr Ketty Gortado is the curator of drawings at the Courtauld Gallery in London and talks about 3 of the loaned works that are currently in the Artful Line exhibition.

Create your own
Have a go at drawing yourself. See 3 videos on the different materials you can use to draw, and what you can draw around the house. See more of Oxheys here https://oxheysmillstudios.com




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