The Harris Museum and Art Gallery has remained closed since late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Advertisement
But art lovers missing their cultural fix can now go online to explore one of the new exhibitions.
The Artful Line opened just before lockdown began and has a selection of works from the Harris and the Courtauld Gallery in London.
Drawings and paintings on display are from Angelica Kauffman, William Blake, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Frank Auerbach and Deanna Petherbridge with contemporary works from local Preston artists Gavin Renshaw, Kathryn Poole and Anita George.
Preston has a strong history with the Courtaulds with the former textile factory being based up at Red Scar and the Harris is running a series of exhibitions and projects exploring the city’s connection with the brand.
The online virtual tour allows you to walk around the exhibition space, virtually, and click on the different drawings and paintings for more information.
There’s also a curator talk from Dr Ketty Gottardo to listen to as well as a chance to have a go at drawing yourself thanks to the Oxheys Mill Studio.
Leader of Preston City Council, councillor Matthew Brown, said: “We are grateful that the Harris and Courtauld teams have been able to deliver this fascinating exhibition online for everyone to enjoy safely from home.
“I know many of us are missing the opportunity to visit familiar places such as museums, art galleries and libraries with friends and family. Going online with their work in this way means the Harris and the Courtauld Gallery can keep in touch with their visitors until it is safe to open again.”
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Regional programme co-ordinator for the Courtauld Gallery, Katherine Dunleavy, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with the Harris to produce the exhibition online, alongside a special selection of talks and interactive activities available for people to do at home. We hope everyone will enjoy these easy to do activities, find out more about drawing and create their work at home with talks from curators and artists to inspire you.”
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You can see the virtual exhibition on the Harris website, it’s free to use.
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