Events to mark Preston Bus Station’s 50th anniversary

Posted on - 19th March, 2019 - 1:32pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Preston Bus Station Pic: BDP
Preston Bus Station Pic: BDP

It’s the Marmite of architecture and a building which divides opinion the world over, but this year Preston Bus Station celebrates its 50th birthday.


To mark the occasion Charles Quick, artist and co-curator of ‘In Certain Places’, is collaborating with the Harris to celebrate this iconic building – and what it means to people – through an exciting summer events programme and autumn exhibition that will permeate spaces throughout the Harris.

Existing work will feature alongside new contemporary art commissions by LOW PROFILE and Keith Harrison to reveal aspects of the architecture on site and in the Harris.

LOW PROFILE will explore the role of people in the building’s identity through a large-scale participatory artwork. Keith Harrison, known for his sculptural and audio work, will be creating original pieces as part of the project.

A complementary events programme at Preston Bus Station and the Harris will include films, talks, tours and workshops to contextualise the social architecture of the building and its role in the city.

A bus-themed summer event on the Flag Market will include vintage buses and fun creative activity in the Harris.

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Tim Joel, Deputy Head of Culture at Preston City Council said: “The Bus Station is a well-known Preston landmark, recognised internationally and a topic of many local people’s conversations.

“With so much interest in this iconic building we look forward to marking its 50th birthday with an exciting programme of events, and an exhibition in the autumn for everyone to enjoy.”

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