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Preston city centre shop transformed into contemporary art gallery

Posted on - 19th February, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
The work of Norman Long and Florian Houlker is on display. Pic Francesca Aikman
The work of Norman Long and Florian Houlker is on display. Pic Francesca Aikman

An exhibition showcasing exciting, contemporary art has opened in Preston city centre.

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The Turning Point features work created by nine local professional and upcoming artists.

A shop near the Flag Market, which had been empty for months, has been transformed into an art gallery for just over two weeks.

The exhibition features work by Gavin Renshaw, who you may know from his large scale city centre mural Mile 0/21 depicting a scene from The Guild Wheel between Avenham and Miller Parks, oil paintings by Norman Long, work by multidisciplinary artist Florian Houlker who was one of the artists in residence in Grizedale Forest in 2021, work by printmaker and artist Rachel Thornton, abstract pen drawings by Luke Primmer and ink paintings by Francesca Aikman. Also exhibiting are Tao Lashley-Burnley, Sara Nowell, and Kathryn Poole.

Vibrant work by artist and creative arts teacher Sara Nowell Pic. Francesca Aikman
Vibrant work by artist and creative arts teacher Sara Nowell Pic. Francesca Aikman

Artist Francesca Aikman said: “I felt that there’s a need for Preston to showcase contemporary art as most local artists exhibit in other cities.

“This could then, in turn, attract other professional artists to come and exhibit here in Preston, putting the city on the map.”

Work by artist and printmaker Rachel Thornton. Pic Francesca Aikman
Work by artist and printmaker Rachel Thornton. Pic Francesca Aikman
Artist Francesca Aikman's ink paintings are on display as part of the exhibition Pic Francesca Aikman
Artist Francesca Aikman’s ink paintings are on display as part of the exhibition Pic Francesca Aikman

The transformed exhibition space sits neatly between Nando’s and the oldest building in Preston, home to Thomas Yates Jewellers, across from The Harris and the Flag Market.

The Turning Point runs until Saturday 5 March at 32 Market Place, Preston, PR1 2AR. The exhibition is open on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm.


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