Exhibitions: September-November 2019 • Visit Preston
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Woman painting in the stairwell of the Harris, Preston.

Don't miss these exciting exhibitions for the upcoming months...

Looking for free things to do in Preston? Then look no further than these exhibitions taking place from September.

Shed some light on Preston's past or celebrate its architecture, you don't want to miss out on these engaging exhibitions full of art, heritage, and intrigue.

Blood, Sweat and Celluloid - Lancashire Infantry Museum

Sunday 1 September - Saturday 2 November

Blood, Sweat and Celluloid celebrates Army photography from 1850 until the present day.

The exhibition looks at different themes and contains footage of D-Day preparations and helmet-cam footage from Afghanistan. Rare personal photographs of early WWI, taken by Major Lambert of the East Lancashire Regiment in 1914, will also be on display.

Photo ID is needed for entry.

Exhibition open times:

  • Tuesdays - 10am-3pm
  • Wednesdays - 10am-3pm
  • Thursdays - 10am-3pm
  • Saturdays - 10am-3pm

Metamorphoses - PR1 Gallery

Monday 2 September - Friday 13 September

Regular exhibitor, Neville, explores the endless possibilities of his signature pouring and dripping approach to abstract impressionist painting. Using metal oil paints, he seemingly leaves a certain amount to chance, whilst at the same time exercising a considerable degree of control over the outcome. He allows the various pigments to intermingle, interact, and coalesce, coaxing life into the emerging 'metamorphoses' at the moment of gestation.

Don't miss the artist's talk on Monday 9 September at 1pm, with the preview event taking place on the same day 5pm-7pm.

This exhibition is open weekdays 9am-6pm.

HorseHeard - PR1 Gallery

Tuesday 3 September - Monday 16 September

Horseheard is a charity devoted to experiential learning through work with horses. This exhibition showcases 2D artwork based on a collaborative exploration with the charity.

Rachel Cousins digitally alters and collages photos, creating semi-abstract images and highlighting colour and patterns to draw attention to the overlooked beauty of everyday life. Karen Trolley uses watercolours to paint landscapes that are idyllic ideas of rest and peace. Shiryn Wynter paints large-scale paintings, reflecting the ideas around choices and memory whilst using the subject matter of woodland paths and flower meadows.

Don't miss the artists' talks on Monday 8 September, with the preview event taking place on the same day 5pm-7pm.

This exhibition is open weekdays 9am-6pm.

Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the Life of Preston Bus Station - The Harris

Saturday 21 September - Sunday 24 November

With Preston Bus Station in its 50th year, artist Charles Quick is collaborating with the Harris to re-present and reveal the bus station through archives, collections, artist commissions, and interventions. These will be spread throughout the spaces in the Harris.

The exhibition will be open during the Harris' gallery opening hours:

  • Monday - 11am-5pm
  • Tuesday - 10am-5pm
  • Wednesday - 10am-5pm
  • Thursday - 10am-5pm
  • Friday - 10am-5pm
  • Saturday - 10am-5pm
  • Sunday - 11am-4pm

Extraordinary Women of Winckley Square - St Wilfrid's Church

Saturday 28 September - Friday 18 October

Don't miss this remarkable exhibition showcasing the women who were associated with Winckley Square since its creation. Prepare to be fascinated, surprised, and shocked at their amazing stories and how they helped shape Preston.

Exhibition open times:

  • Mondays - 1pm-6pm
  • Tuesdays - 1pm-6pm
  • Wednesdays - 1pm-6pm
  • Thursdays - 1pm-6pm
  • Fridays - 1pm-6pm
  • Saturdays - 1pm-5pm
  • Sundays - 1pm-4pm

Brilliant City Photographic Exhibition Launch - PR1 Gallery

Wednesday 30 October - Saturday 16 November

Brilliant City showcases work by three contemporary photographers from mainland China; Haohan Zheng, Cuilixin, and Ratsberry. The exhibition highlights a diverse range of responses to the ever-expanding urban world around them. The result of a two-year commission, the bodies of work offer unique insights into the experiences and mutable environments produced by these emerging cityspaces.

The exhibition will also feature work from UCLan's New China research group. The work highlights a diverse array of projects led by the researchers at the University.

This exhibition is open weekdays 9am-6pm.

Preston art galleries and museums

Seeking even more art and culture? Why not visit one of Preston's art galleries and museums and see what new things you can discover.

Map addresses for Exhibitions: September-November 2019

  • Lancashire Infantry Museum, Fulwood Barracks, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 8AA.
  • PR1 Gallery, UCLan Victoria Building, 74 Lawson Street, Preston, PR1 7DE.
  • Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP.
  • St Wilfrid's Church, Chapel Street, Preston, PR1 8BU.