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‘Welcome to Preston’ photography exhibition coming to The Larder

Posted on - 19th October, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, People, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Lisa with her Mum, standing by her print of Preston Bus Station displayed in the Harris
Lisa with her Mum, standing by her print of Preston Bus Station displayed in the Harris

An exhibition focussing on Preston, by a Prestonian, is coming to The Larder.

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Local photographer and writer, Lisa Brown, will open her Welcome to Preston exhibition on Saturday 26 October.

Featuring 16 photographs of modern-day Preston, the images range from Miller Park in bloom to a winter sunrise over Preston North End’s Deepdale stadium.

Lisa said: “I have been taking photographs in and around Preston since I returned to the city in 2007. I found exploring the city’s beautiful parks and open spaces with my young son very therapeutic.

“I began sharing my photography and writing on a blog. From the blog, I started writing for different local publications and picked up some freelance marketing work.

“Now I work as a PR and Marketing Officer and take photographs as part of my job, which is brilliant. I still enjoy exploring Preston’s nooks and crannies. There are so many beautiful parks and buildings, and people are so friendly. It’s such a welcoming place.”

After friends began to show an interest in buying Lisa’s photographs, she set up the Lisa Brown Photos Facebook page.

“From there, friends started to buy photographs, which was amazing. I had never dreamed of selling my work. It was lovely to know that people liked it. Then earlier this year my friend Jo suggested I meet Kay from The Larder about the possibility of an exhibition, and I jumped at the chance.

“Kay is doing something wonderful in Preston, promoting food that is healthy, local, seasonal and waste-free. The café has been running some fantastic events lately. It is a great space to exhibit, and a relaxed place to enjoy a drink and something to eat.”

Preston Bus Station Pic: Lisa Brown
Preston Bus Station Pic: Lisa Brown

One of the prints at the exhibition has an extra special place in Lisa’s heart.

She said: “Sadly, when I started preparing for the exhibition one of my dearest friends passed away. He really liked one of my prints of Preston Bus Station. I will be giving 20 per cent of the profits from the sale of that print to the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a charity leading the movement against suicide – in memory of my friend David.”

Read more: How this new group is telling Preston’s men it’s okay not to be okay 

The Welcome to Preston exhibition will launch on Saturday 26 October at 7pm at The Larder in Lancaster Road. Local musician Mark Whiteside, of Evil Blizzard and One Sided Horse, will be performing live. There will be locally sourced food, soft and alcoholic drinks and a selection of prints to buy on the night.

The exhibition will run until Saturday 23 November.

Follow Lisa on Facebook and Instagram. Her prints are available to buy from Etsy.

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