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Harris Museum and Art Gallery one of four shortlisted for contemporary art award

Posted on - 18th June, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, News, Preston City Centre

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Contemporary art at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery is up for a national award.

The Harris show by Nathaniel Mellors is one of four competing for a £40,000 prize.

Mellors makes irreverent and absurd videos, sculptures, performances and writings.

He has been invited to make a new film using Preston Bus Station as its focus.

Nathaniel Mellors work often shocks and enthralls

Nathaniel Mellors work often shocks and enthralls

Councillor Veronica Afrin, executive member for culture at Preston City Council, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. It will be a fantastic opportunity to work with Nathaniel, and builds on our reputation for working with influential contemporary artists.”

The prize from the Contemporary Art Society is one of the most prestigious art awards in the country.

Director of the Contemporary Art Society, Caroline Douglas, said: “In a very strong year we are proud to have such a distinguished shortlist for our sixth Annual Award.

“It creates a unique opportunity for an artist to create new work for a museum and the panel’s selection includes highly regarded artists who are under-represented in public collections, particularly outside London. All the proposals are consciously rooted in the cities the museums serve and engage with audiences at all levels.”

Three other galleries are up for the award, Leeds, Whitworth and the Scottish National Gallery.

If the Harris wins it will fund work for a permanent new collection at the gallery.

The winner is due to be announced in November.

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