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UK’s top young artists to take over the Harris

Posted on - 12th March, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Habib Hajallie is one of the artists taking part
Habib Hajallie is one of the artists taking part

Some of the UK’s top up and coming artists are taking over the Harris Museum and Art Gallery for two months.

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Graft is a showcase of work and events to spark youngsters curiousity with the arts.

An immersive show is also planned with youngsters tiptoeing around the library and highlighting the different ways that artists create.

Cabinet member for leisure and culture at Preston City Council councillor Peter Kelly said: “The Harris is recognised as a leading contemporary art gallery in the region.

“The young artists selected follow in the footsteps of Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid and Martin Creed, whose artwork ‘Everything will be Alright’ blazed across the front of the building in 2016 to popular acclaim.

“This time we are thrilled to have over 20 of the best young contemporary artists exhibit in the Harris. Expect something special.”

Giant blue feet from Megan Visser may feature
Giant blue feet from Megan Visser may feature

One of the exhibiting artists is a UCLan student amabassador based in Preston, Beth Wise.

She said: Being from Preston and included in this show of national artists is an incredible opportunity.”

Kerry Tenbey, exhibiting artist and curatorial assistant based in Blackpool said: “It’s exciting to be invited to show my work at the Harris and to be included in a group of talented young artists, exploring a wide variety of subjects.”

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Anyone visiting Graft will be able to claim a free limited edition zine created by Shy Bairns.

The exhibition is free to see and runs from Friday 5 April to 2 June.

A preview night runs on Thursday 4 April from 5.30pm to 8pm with live performances at 7.30pm and is free to attend.

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