New exhibition brings the sea to Preston

Posted on - 29th June, 2014 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, What's On in Preston
William T Richards, After A Gale, 1903

William T Richards, After A Gale, 1903

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery brings a new free exhibition to the city this summer


Making Waves: Art Inspired by the Sea will bring a bit of the coast to the heart of Preston.

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Exploring challenges faced by artists when capturing this transient and unpredictable subject matter on canvas, the exhibition celebrates seafaring art in watercolour, print, ceramic, and on film.

Making Waves draws on the Harris’ rich collection of marine paintings including work by Julius Olsson, Paul Nash, Maggi Hambling, Lubaina Himid, and ceramic artist James Tower.

Highlights of the exhibition will be:


The Harris’ first showing of joint acquisition, Ocean by Natasha Daintry, featuring 1,002 slip cast porcelain pots.

Contemporary responses to water and the sea through films by international artists Mounira Al Solh and Samson Kambalu.

Specially adapted for the Harris’ gallery space, a unique configuration of the installation, There, After by Sophie Clements.

The Lancashire coastline, captured by local artists such as Edwin Beattie and Reginald Aspinwall.

During the exhibition there will be workshops, tours and talks linked to the exhibition.

2 July, Capturing the Impossible – exploring technique and use of colour in capturing the mercurial nature of the sea.

23 July, Talk about the ceramics featuring James Tower and Natasha Daintry’s Ocean.

26 July, Water/sea themed activities to entertain the whole family.

8 August, Making Waves Shadow Puppet Workshop with Dynamic New Animation. (£2 each)

13 August, Tour of the contemporary works in the exhibition.

3 Sept, Tour – painting Lancashire’s coast.

More information can be found here.

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery welcomes over 215,000 visitors per year to its striking Grade 1 listed building in the heart of Preston to see its collections of fine art, contemporary art, history, ceramics & glass, and fashion & textiles.

Admission is free unless otherwise stated. The exhibition ends on Saturday 6 September.

Venue: Harris Museum and Art Gallery
Date: 2 July – 6 September 2014

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