Discover dandelions at the Harris this summer

Posted on - 19th June, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston

A crop of dandelions will be popping up around the Harris as part of a special exhibition. 


Artist Rebecca Chesney has chosen 16 dandelion-themed items to form “Dandelions: Rustic Oracles”.

The dandelions – which have been selected from the Harris collection and Rebecca’s own Dandelion Archive – will be scattered around the museum for visitors to discover.

The exhibition opened on Saturday 16 June with a free drop-in event between 2pm and 4pm.

Read more: Lancashire Arts Festival to go on display across Preston’s university campus

Although seen by many as a weed, dandelions are a symbol of hope in folklore, and have fond associations with traditions like making wishes and telling the time.

Rebecca’s work includes an ongoing project that explores the dandelion’s symbolism, and how it is represented in cultural collections of prints, textiles and ceramics. You can find out more about Rebecca’s dandelion-related projects on her website. 

The dandelions will be on display until 7 October 2018. Visit the Harris website for more information.

Do you think dandelions are just annoying weeds or something more special? Will you be going to the exhibition? Let us know in the comments below.

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