Buses to perform unique artistic show at Preston Bus Station

Posted on - 2nd July, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston Bus Station, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
Curator listed at the Bus Station
Curator listed at the Bus Station

Preston Bus Station is going to see a unique performance on its concourse.


During Sunday 14 July an hour-long show is being put on by 32 bus-drivers.

To a sound score blaring from the grade-II listed building they will drive a slow set of movements from the bus bays and across the forecourt.

At the same time their actions will be mirrored by volunteers in the passenger concourse.

Artist Keith Harrison is directing the work with bus divers from Preston Bus and Stagecoach taking part.

The movement is to be filmed by Jared Schiller and displayed in the Harris as part of the Beautiful and Brutal: 50 years in the life of Preston Bus Station exhibition.

Read more: Preston InstaMeet explores new Bus Station artwork

Co-curator of In Certain Places Charles Quick said: “Keith Harrison’s exciting new performative work Conductor for Preston Bus Station, uniquely appropriates all the resources of the station to create a dramatic new work that pays homage to the interaction between the people, vehicles and the architecture of the UKs biggest bus station.”

Charles Quick welcomes those taking part to the InstaMeet Pic: Paul Melling
Charles Quick at the Bus Station Pic: Paul Melling

The show is free to go and see and runs from 9.30am, you need to meet by the information desk.

Cabinet member for culture and leisure councillor Peter Kelly said: “This work is a unique way of marking 50 years of Preston Bus Station. The city is proud that partner curators from the Harris and In Certain Places working together with Preston Bus Station operators have enabled this exciting work by artist Keith Harrison and recorded by filmmaker Jared Schiller – to be seen by thousands of visitors to the Harris’ autumn exhibition and in the future.”

Read more: Preston Bus Station nostalgia needed for new Harris exhibition

The Bus Station exhibition at the Harris is to run from 21 September through until 24 November and will be free to attend.

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