Harris to see youngsters create light and sound projection onto the building

Posted on - 20th January, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Charities, Preston City Centre, Preston News
A Blaze Arts session within the Harris
A Blaze Arts session within the Harris

Teenagers across Preston are due to help guide the re-imagining of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.


Curious Minds, based in the Guild Hall arcade, have been handed £49,000 for their project in conjunction with Blaze Arts.

During the next nine months a ground of young people will meet at the Harris each week to share ideas with curators, historians, artists, digital creators and designers to help develop two events.

They will include a cinematic light and sound installation for the facade of the building.

The second is a digital trail, which will animate and bring to life the Harris collections.

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Chief executive of Curious Minds Derri Burdon said: “We’re delighted to have won the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this exciting
programme of work. It is important that we find creative ways for Lancashire’s young people to be able to influence how their local cultural offer is shaped, as this will help to ensure that more young people are able to experience the many educational and social benefits that engagement in the arts and culture bring to our lives.”

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery lit up at Christmas time
The Harris Museum and Art Gallery lit up at Christmas time

Funding comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Deputy director of operations Sue Bowers said: “Our heritage offers a rich resource for education and it is wonderful to see it being used at the Harris by the young people of Blaze in such an innovative way. It is providing powerful and memorable experiences for the young people, making learning fun and opening their eyes to the history which surrounds them. Young people are the future custodians of our heritage so their passion for it is vital if we are to keep it from being lost forever.”

What do you think would attract more young people into the Harris? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments below

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