How you could see a Turner Prize winning artist doing their thing

Posted on - 20th May, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Lubaina Himid
Lubaina Himid

Preston’s Turner Prize winning artist will be taking up residency in the Harris for a day.


Lubaina Himid, whose Hard Times exhibition is on display, is joining the Art Zoo.

She will be working live in the building alongside other artists.

Organisers say it will be ‘an absurdist event that will give visitors to the Harris a glimpse into an exciting and vibrant world’.

Alongside Himid will be printmaker and bookbinder Kathryn Poole, sculptor and installation artist Jack Woodward, rubbings arts Rob Mullender and collage and installation artist Tina Dempsey.

Read more: Seeing the Harris Museum and Art Gallery from all angles

Creator of Art Zoo Jane Elizabeth Bennett said: “Art Zoo will offer a unique glimpse into a rarely seen and little-understood world. As well as being able to observe Lubaina live at work, visitors will be able to watch Kathryn Poole draw, process and print lithographic aluminium plates – a lithographer is a truly unique and rarely sighted artist.

“Jack Woodward, winner of 2017 Lancashire Arts Festival will be sculpting, playing and building within the galleries. Jack is an engaging artist and his friendly nature makes him a unique specimen.

“Using unique materials he developed himself, Rob Mullender makes rubbings of three dimensional objects – trying to capture all their details from all directions, producing an unreliable map of the object’s surfaces.

“Tina Dempsey is a collage and installation artist who will be responding to the Harris collection.

“Explore the artist’s habitats, learn about their social hierarchies and behaviours and watch them as they create work. What does an artist really ‘do’ in order to make artwork? What are their habits and habitats? Are their habitats thriving and endangered? What is their favourite food and what does it mean to be a practicing artist? Did you know that the lithographic process can take over seventy hours? Art Zoo aims to answer all these questions and more.”

Inside the Himid exhibition
Inside the Himid exhibition

Art Zoo runs on Saturday 26 May from 10am to 4pm and is free to take part in.

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