Preston: North West Open

Harris Museum & Art Gallery and Art Picnic lead feast of cultural activity

North West Visual Arts Open
Preston, Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 April 2012

An exciting weekend of art, poetry, music and real ale takes place in Preston from Thursday 26
to Sunday 29 April 2012 as part of the North West Visual Arts Open weekends.

A wide range of cultural events and activities, many of them free, are taking place in venues
across the city to showcase and promote access to local and international artists and their work.

The main events take place on Saturday 28 April and include an Art Picnic at Avenham Pavilion
from 2pm to 5pm where you can chat, draw and make music with artists and studio groups
from across the North West. From 12pm The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is running a special
series of tours, events and activities including a family-friendly pottery workshop.

The weekend is part of a series of North West Visual Arts Open weekends that are taking place
across the region to encourage people interested in the arts from other towns and cities to visit
new places, and to experience what the visual arts has to offer and current developments in
artist’s practice. The next weekend takes place in Manchester from 18 – 20 May 2012.


Key highlights of the Preston weekend include:

Thursday 26 April

PR1 Gallery, University of Central Lancashire
Private view: Count on it…
5pm to 8pm, FREE
Count on it… is an exhibition by second year Textiles and Surface Pattern students from UCLAN’s
School of Art Design and Performance. They have considered the many ways that numbers
structure our lives, and have re-interpreted this through textile technique. You are invited to
visit an exhibition of this work…and to be counted. Exhibition runs from 27 April to 11 May

Friday 27 April

Arkwright’s Brewery
The Transit of Venus Tasting Evening
6pm to 8pm. £5 on the door, includes drinks and snacks.
Artist David Henckel has collaborated with Arkwright’s Brewery to produce a real ale, based
on a recipe from the 1700s, to celebrate the transit of Venus, as part of his In Certain Places
commission. Come and try this 7.1% IPA and sample the full range of Arkwright’s beers in
the intimate surroundings of The Real Ale Shop. Throughout the evening you’ll be able to
find out more about the project, get some tips from the brewers and take home a bottle or
two of ale to sip during astronomical events. Places limited so please register by emailing

Saturday 28 April

Oxheys Mill Studios
Exhibition: Time, Place & Negotiated Space
11am to 4pm, FREE
Last chance to see this exhibition, curated by Professor Lubaina Himid MBE, which features work
by Oxheys’s female artists-in-residence on the themes of time, place and negotiated space.

Harris Museum & Art Gallery
Curator’s Tour
12pm to 12.30pm, FREE
Join us for a tour of current exhibition A Private Affair, which tells the personal stories behind
private collections of contemporary art asking; why do people collect contemporary art, what
influences decisions on collecting, and how does it affect or enhance their lives? The exhibition
includes a wide range of artistic styles and practice from the past 40 years. Artists of regional
and national importance are represented including Tracey Emin, Inka Essenhigh, Gordon
Cheung, Roger Hiorns, Patrick Heron, Haroon Mirza, Fiona Rae and Rachel Whiteread.

Harris Museum & Art Gallery
Workshop: Global Threads spoken word and drama
1pm to 4pm, FREE. Booking required, call 01772 905414
Unleash your writing and performing skills with urban slam poet, Louise Fazackerly, using the
Global Threads: Asian Textiles and Fashion Today exhibition as your inspiration. Suitable for ages

Harris Museum & Art Gallery
Collections Talk: Ceramics by William de Morgan and Walter Crane
1.30pm to 2pm, FREE
Join us for a talk by two of the Harris’ volunteers about the Arts & Craft Movement.

Avenham Pavilion
Art Picnic
2pm to 5pm, FREE
An afternoon of art, cake and conversation. Meet, chat, draw, collaborate, debate and connect
with artists, studio groups and art professionals from the North West and beyond in the
beautiful surroundings of Avenham Park. Bring something interesting to be photocopied/
photographed to be included in our Art Picnic publication, and something that makes a noise
for a very special improvised electro–acoustic performance. Food and drink will be provided,
but hey…. this is a picnic, so please bring something to share. The party moves to the nearby
Continental Pub and Arts Space for drinks from 5pm.

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery
Workshop: The Potter’s Apprentice
2pm to 4pm, FREE
Bring your family and drop in to this workshop where you’ll get the chance to make press pots
with clay in the Glass & Ceramics Gallery and find out more about life as a Potter’s Apprentice.

Sunday 29 April

Latham Street to Oxheys Mill Studios
Public event: Satellite Navigation – The Journey
12pm at Latham Street
If you were continually in transit, what would you take with you? Would it be your beloved
antique violin or the sleeping bags, an expensive video camera or a rucksack of food, your
jewellery box or the first aid kit? Join artist Susan Walsh from 12pm for a journey through
Preston starting at Latham Street and finishing at Oxheys Mill on Stanhope Street. After arrival
the exhibition will be installed and will open with a preview on 3 May, 5 to 7pm. All welcome.

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