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Preston artists urged to submit their work for sale in Harris Museum shop

Posted on - 30th May, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
The Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

A chance for up and coming artists to be featured in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery shop has been unveiled.

The Harris is looking for budding artists, designers and creatives to submit their work.

Stocking the artists can provide from vital income to local artists in the coronavirus pandemic.

The Harris will buy stock upfront – worth up to £750 – and then once the museum reopens the artists get their wares infront of 1,000-visitors-a-day to the museum and art gallery.

Read more: Harris Museum launches virtual tour round Courtaulds exhibition

Leader of Preston City Council, councillor Matthew Brown, said: “We were looking to build on the success of Harris Makers before we had to close for the current pandemic. We are particularly keen to hear from young artists and graduates just starting out in the industry.

“The Harris is looking for quality products that reflect the Harris and its collections. We are delighted we’re able to continue the Harris Makers project with support from Arts Council England.”

Artists can submit their applications via the council website and the deadline is Wednesday (5 June).

Five artists were supported last year, two of them were Joseph Travis from Red Fox Pottery and Ruth from Hammered Ruby.

Joseph said: “Being a Harris Maker is an incredible experience. As a student I used to visit the Harris Museum and would look through the cases for inspiration, sketching them, dreaming what it would be like for my work to be in those cases alongside the other pottery there. Seeing my work in the Harris Museum shop is one of the highlights of my career as a maker. I loved the process of making something unique for the Harris Museum.”

Jewellery made by Hammered Ruby and stocked at the Harris shop
Jewellery made by Hammered Ruby and stocked at the Harris shop

Ruth said: “The Harris has always been a place close to my heart, I’ve loved making jewellery inspired by the beautiful building and the collections it holds. It’s a pleasure to supply the Harris with my work and I am very proud to be a Harris Maker.”

Read more: Team announced for next stage of ‘Re-imagining the Harris’ project

The Harris has been closed since late March when the government introduced lockdown measures to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. No date has been set for reopening.

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