Exhibitions: February - May 2020 • Visit Preston
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Keep 2020 rolling with some art and culture...

Check out these fantastic latest and upcoming exhibitions for 2020. Whatever you're into, you're bound to find something to peak your interest.

All the following exhibitions are free to attend and follow the opening hours of the galleries and museums.

The Artful Line: Drawings from the Harris Collection and The Courtauld Gallery

  • Location: The Harris
  • Date: Present - 31 May

For the first time, The Artful Line brings together a selection of works from the Harris and the Courtauld Gallery to examine drawing in all its forms. Each drawing offers a unique insight into the mind of the artist and the process of making art.

The exhibition features works from the 17th century to the present day. It is part of an ongoing project with the Courtauld Gallery that celebrates Preston's shared heritage with Courtaulds textiles. Preston artists have also created new work for the exhibition, inspired by the history of the site and the people who worked there.

The Unfurlings: Banners for Hope and Change

  • Location: The Harris
  • Date: Present - 31 May

This exhibition is the first unfurling of a banner created by people in Preston living with dementia.

Groups from across the UK have worked with artist Ian Beesley and poet Ian McMillan to create banners campaigning for a better understanding of this condition. Based on traditional trade union and guild designs, the banners cover subjects such as the need for better signage in public places, and the importance of active living and creativity for our wellbeing.

The hope is that better understanding leads to action in making life better for everyone affected by dementia, whether personally or in our families and friendships.


  • Location: The Harris
  • Date: Present - 31 May

MORE T'NORTH is brought to you by The Harris Young Producers and aims to go beyond typical stereotypes and expectations of the North. It brings together a fresh collection of contemporary works selected by Harris Young producers which contrast against the historical setting of the Harris.

Taken in a Few Seconds /// By the Reflection of Light

  • Location: The Harris
  • Date: Present - 10 May

Artist Abigail Reynolds 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 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.

Tina Dempsey: Imagine a World

  • Location: The Harris
  • Date: Present - 15 March

Imagine a world is a large scale solo exhibition by artist Tina Dempsey. Her bright, bold paintings and wooden sculptures are about creating a new landscape; one in which colours, patterns and shapes create excitement and joy.

The text pieces make us think about our daily lives and whether we can do anything to improve them. We are surrounded by hundreds of images every day, on the TV, in magazines and newspapers, on our phones, laptops and on the street.

Preston Grasshoppers Special Display

  • Location: The Harris
  • Date: Present

One of the oldest clubs in England, this display celebrates 150 years of the Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club and tells its story through objects and photographs in the Discover Preston Gallery.

90 Objects - 90 Years

  • Location: Lancashire Infantry Museum
  • Date: Present - 18 April

The celebrate 90 years of the Lancashire Infantry Museum at Fulwood Barracks, 90 objects have been selected for display.

The exhibition will be open Tuesday - Thursday and Saturday, with free admission and free parking. Photo ID is needed for entry to Fulwood Barracks.

Fashion and Protest: What is there to be Mad About

  • Location: PR1 Gallery
  • Date: 24 February - 5 March

Using a classic blank t-shirt, the 2020 fashion activism project titled, 'Fashion and Protest' aims to give UCLan Year 2 students studying across fashion and textile disciplines the opportunity to make a statement; to protest and join in a powerful form of expression and to make their voices heard loudly and clearly.

Ones to Watch

  • Location: PR1 Gallery
  • Date: 25 February - 5 March

UCLan fashion department's second 'Ones to Watch' exhibition showcases outstanding achievements from their first and second year students on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course. See work from students who have achieved high standards, pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and accomplished strong outcomes from set projects.

Provincial Headz: Hip Hop Reaching Hip Hop

  • Location: PR1 Gallery
  • Date: 10 March - 19 March

This exhibition is a touring reading room which expands the reach of the book Provincial Headz: British Hip Hop and Critical Regionalism (de Paor-Evans, 2020). The reading room offers space to explore the book and its context from the theories of Bhabha, Bourdieu, Foucault, DeLanda and contemporary hip hop scholarship through to the artefacts, archive photographs, personal reflections, and audio montages of emerging 1980s hip hop culture in provincial Britain.

Flesh and Text

  • Location: PR1 Gallery
  • Date: 25 March - 2 April

This exhibition celebrates 30 years of making performance by Bodies in Flight. Co-directed by UCLan’s Reader in Choreographic Practice, Sara Giddens and Simon Jones (University of Bristol), Bodies in Flight make performance where flesh utters and words move. Their ground-breaking work challenges and re-energizes the conventional relationship between audiences and performers, audiences and place.

Synergy - Cotton Powerhouse Legacy

  • Location: PR1 Gallery
  • Date: 7 April - 23 April

Based on industrial chimneys of the North West, this exhibition reflects the legacy of the cotton mills and the impacts and imprints of the industry on the landscape, local communities, social structures and social history.

More art and culture in Preston

Why not sample even more of Preston's art and culture at one of it's Art Galleries and Museums. Or, check out our what's on calendar to discover current and upcoming events.

Map addresses

  • Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP.
  • Lancashire Infantry Museum, Fulwood Barracks, Preston, PR2 8AA.
  • PR1 Gallery, UCLan Victoria Building, Lawson Street, PR1 7DE.