Turner Prize-winner Lubaina Himid will be showing Hard Times a large scale exhibition of her work alongside a programme of creative events featuring artists and contributors from across the world, at the Harris Museum, Preston, throughout April and May 2018.

Through the course of the show, Lubaina has invited selected artists, currently working in the city, to curate exhibition, performance, instillation, talks and events to shine a light on the creative melting pot of talent whilst pushing forward more ambitious contemporary art programming at The Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

The Into a Better Shape programme has been developed by Lubaina Himid and associate artists alongside the Lubaina Himid: Hard Times exhibition at the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library. The programme is funded by Arts Council England, UCLan and Preston City Council. There are more events and activities developed in partnership with advisors from the local community listed here.

Hard Times is the final exhibition of a tour presenting work by Lubaina Himid. The earlier exhibitions took place in 2017 at Nottingham Contemporary, Modern Art Oxford, Spike Island in Bristol and firstsite in Colchester.

The programmed events are open to all and free to attend. Some events have number restrictions and more information on sign up can be found on individual events pages.

All events take place at Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP

Programme and Curator artists

Print Symposium Programmed by Magda Stawarska-Beaven and Tracy Hill , hosted by Heather Ross

Women’s Collection Exhibition curated by Lubaina Himid and Rebecca Chesney

The Gentleman’s Wardrobe’ created by  William Titley and men who care

The Quest for the Perfect Shirt by artist Richard Bliss

Before Sound Josh Horsley 24 meter print produced in collaboration with Magda Stawarska-Beavan

Minor Conspiracy A sound performance by Rob Mullender & John Lely

Little Little Man Man Film screening by artist Tao Lashley-Burnley

Art Zoo Exhibits create live work Programmed by Jane Elizabeth Bennett 

Imbalance Redressed Talk Programmed by Rebecca Chesney