Harris neon sign among ‘best in the North’ for art guide

Posted on - 14th June, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
This neon sign has beamed down on the Flag Market since January
This neon sign has beamed down on the Flag Market since January

Three Preston organisations have retained their place in the top 50 most socially valuable arts organisations in the North of England.


The Hannah Directory has recognised the work of the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, the Birley Art Studios and public art group In Certain Places.

Each year the Directory looks at outstanding contributions throughout the North of the country.

Judges highlighted the Harris’ work in bringing the Martin Creed exhibition to the city – the neon sign out the front of the building as a key factor.

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In Certain Places retained its place for the work on The Connected City – exploring the edges of the city before huge new housing estates and roads are built.

And the Birley was featured for its range of workshops and exhibitions and making the Artist Led Hot 100 list for 2017.

A workshop for the Gold Thread Bobbins event
A workshop for the Gold Thread Bobbins event

Preston City Council’s cabinet member for culture and leisure councillor Peter Kelly said: “It’s fantastic to have three of Preston’s cultural organisations in the Directory this year.

“There are very many creative people in the city who are contributing to a great offer for our visitors and residents that just gets better and better year on year.”

One of the team who co-ordinates the Directory, Andrew Wilson, said: ““These three organisations are among those in Preston making a valuable contribution to arts and culture in the North West, 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.”

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You can pick up a copy of The Hannah Directory from the Harris and The Birley is distributing it at its zine festival in July. An online version is also available on the Directory website.

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