Neon sign turned on at Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Posted on - 25th January, 2017 - 9:51pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Photos, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Will it? Pic: Paul Melling

Will it? Pic: Paul Melling

A Turner prize-winning artist’s work has been emblazoned across the front of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.


Everything Is Going To Be Alright is beaming down from the grade-I listed museum until early June.

The neon sign advertises the exhibition of Artist Rooms including work by Creed.

Wednesday evening saw the sign lit up for the first time.

Curator of the exhibition Clarissa Corfe said: “We are delighted to be launching Martin Creed’s solo exhibition for the first time in Preston and to be working in partnership with ARTIST ROOMS. He is one of the UK’s most important contemporary artists and his influence has been extensive.

“This exhibition will include an eclectic range of his works as well as some rarely seen works in our gallery spaces, around the museum and externally.”

The grade-I listed building has a new temporary addition Pic: Paul Melling

The grade-I listed building has a new temporary addition Pic: Paul Melling

Creed’s artwork is bold and provocative, including 13 cactus plants and another is a large-scale painting of diagonal stripes.

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Executive member for culture and leisure at Preston City Council councillor Peter Kelly said: “The Harris has had huge success over many years in bringing outstanding contemporary art to Preston and we are especially pleased to be showing work by such a well-known and influential artist, thanks to the support of ARTIST ROOMS. It’s particularly exciting that this exhibition will include a work which is on display so publicly – on the outside of the building facing the square that is passed by many thousands of people each day. I hope many of those people will choose to come in and enjoy even more of what Creed has to offer.”

Be happy? Another of Creed's exhibitions

Be happy? Another of Creed’s exhibitions

Artist Rooms begins on Thursday (26 January) and is free to browse. It runs until early June.

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Will you be going to visit? What do you think of the neon sign? Let me know in the comments below

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