The Harris announces four spring exhibitions

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

The Artful Line: Drawings from the Harris collection and The Courtauld Gallery is part of an ongoing project with The Courtauld and brings together works by Rosetti, Auerbach and Blake to examine drawing in all its forms. The exhibition also celebrates our shared heritage with Courtaulds textiles.

MORE T’ NORTH is a contemporary exhibition curated by the Harris Young producers that challenges Northern stereotypes by showcasing the rich talent of the region. Sponsored by EasyPass Driving School.

THE UNFURLINGS: Banners for Hope & Change, created by people living with dementia, is the first opportunity to see the Preston banner, alongside other banners from across the UK.

Artist Abigail Reynolds’ solo exhibition Taken in a few seconds /// By the reflection of light will explore what a library means today and will be in Harris’ Library’s Heritage Reading Room.   

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.”

Councillor 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 The Harris.

Exhibition Preview is on Friday 14 February 5 – 7pm

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

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