The Into a Better Shape programme has been developed by Lubaina Himid and associate artists.  Lubaina, selected artists working in the city and freelance Producer Jackie Jones are currently developing stage two of the programme centring around; curating 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 throughout the city and across venues and and underused spaces.

Into a Better Shape phase one took place from April to June 2018 to coincide with the 2018 Turner Prize-winner Lubaina Himid’s Hard Times exhibition of her work at The Harris Art Gallery in Preston. The programme of creative events featured artists and contributors from across the world.

The programme was funded by Arts Council England, UCLan and Preston City Council. This programme sat alongside events and activities developed in partnership with advisors from the local community listed here.

Hard Times was 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 were open to all and free to attend.

Phase One events took place at Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP

2018 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