Harris Museum, Birley Studios and UCLan art initiative listed in Hannah Directory

Posted on - 10th June, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News
ICP Peoples Canopy credit Bernie Blackburn

The People’s Canopy making its way down Friargate Pic: Bernie Blackburn

Three Preston arts organisations have been selected to be part of an exclusive arts directory to celebrate their contribution to arts and culture in the North.


The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, the Birley Artist Studios and the UCLan-based public art initiative In Certain Places have all been featured in the Hannah Directory.

This annual publication showcases the best creative projects, individuals and groups in the North of England.

Birley Art Studios

Birley Art Studios

The Harris gained recognition for its commission of an award winning film by Nathaniel Mellors set in Preston’s iconic Bus Station and a display of interactive sonic artwork featuring original World War I letters from servicemen in the area.

Related: Lancashire Encounter returns to become biennial fixture between Guilds


A red shoe display is among several creative projects being celebrated such as artist-led residencies, workshops, exhibitions and events created by The Birley.

Birley Artwork Credit Bonnie Craig

Art initiative In Certain Places formed a mobile architectural structure called the People’s Canopy, which became the centrepiece for the 2015 Lancashire Encounter Festival and gained acknowledgement in the directory.

Andrew Wilson, who co-ordinates the Directory, said: “These three organisations make a very valuable contribution to arts and culture in Preston and the wider North West region, and I hope by sharing it as part of Hannah Directory it will inspire other people to make even more great stuff happen in places across England’s north.”

You can pick up the Hannah Directory 2016 from the Harris and The Birley Art Studios during the ‘Thursday Lates’ events throughout June. An online version is also available at

Ever seen the Hannah Directory? What do you think of these Preston places and projects being listed? Let us know in the comments below

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