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Harris Museum and Art Gallery receives funding boost from two arts trusts

Posted on - 6th April, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Events, News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council
Changes are due to take place in how the Harris operates Pic: Tony Worrall

Changes are due to take place in how the Harris operates Pic: Tony Worrall

Arts funding for Preston’s flagship museum and art gallery has been given a £25,000 boost.

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The Harris Museum and Art Gallery has been awarded two grants to help with the Dance First Think Later contemporary art programme and exhibitions.

Council arts bosses have given permission for £15,000 to be accepted from the Foyle Foundation and £10,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

The money is being used to fund a year long series of exhibitions and performances inspired by a quote by Samuel Beckett.

£1,000 of the Foyle Foundation cash is to support the Lucy Beech film.

Beech constructs an interpersonal drama following a female undertaker as she negotiates her way through the changing landscape of the traditional funeral business.

Cannibals is a previous film from Lucy Beech

Cannibals is a previous film from Lucy Beech

The film is due to be shown at the Art Gallery between May and July this year.

The remaining £14,000 from the Foyle Foundation is to fund Beyond the Sublime, a group exhibition coming in early 2016.

Funds were secured by the Friends of the Harris Museum group.

It was announced last month a major reorganisation is on the cards for the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

A new Arts and Culture Development manager, costing £75,000-a-year, is to be appointed and is to be tasked with reducing the £1.4 million annual subsidy from the city council which keeps the Harris open.

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