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Lubaina Himid: Hard Times
Until 3 May
Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Preston

We are delighted to be showing an exhibition of the work of The 2017 Turner Prize winner and Preston-based artist Professor Lubaina Himid MBE. Lubaina has chosen the title Hard Times with reference to Charles Dickens’ novel, inspired by his visit to Preston during the workers’ Lock-out of 1853.

Lubaina is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, where she curates the Making Histories Visible research project and Black Art Archive. Behind these projects and her own work is a focus on belonging – that everybody matters.

Through the course of her three-month show, Lubaina has invited selected artists, currently working in the city, to curate exhibition and events bringing in a number of international artists and creative contributors from across the world. For more information please visit Lubaina Himid events programme. For more information please visit here.

Courtauld Reunion Event
13 May, 1 – 3pm
Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Preston

Did you or a member of your family work at Courtauld’s Red Scar factory?  We would love to see you at this special free event for Courtauld workers and their familiies. Just drop in or stay all afternoon!

You are invited to join other Courtauld workers and their families to share memories of working at Courtaulds Ltd – now Red Scar Business Park in Ribbleton. Join us for an afternoon of tea and biscuits and share your memories of what it was like to work at the factory. Have your portrait taken for our Courtaulds memories photo album if you wish, and find out more about Preston’s Courtauld Connection. If you have any photos or other Courtaulds related items bring them along, we’d love to see them!

We are working in partnership with the Courtauld Gallery in London and local communities to explore the history of Courtaulds textile factory in Preston. For more information please visit here.

Dying Matters Special Event
Friday 18 May, 11am – 2.30pm
Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Preston

The Harris is proud and privileged to lend its support to Dying Matters Awareness Week by hosting this Yodo (you only die once) special event.   Ten objects from the Harris collections, carefully selected by St Catherine’s Hospice and our curators, will help stimulate discussion, memories, experiences and reflections on dying, death and bereavement. Free, drop in. Everyone welcome. For information please visit here.

We are also keen to encourage discussion among people online unable to attend the event on the day. In this way we hope to help continue the #BigConversation and get more people talking about death and dying through more open and honest conversations. So why not join the #HarrisMuseum #BigConversation #WhatCanYouDo

Map Network Staff Wellbeing meeting
Thursday 9th February 10am – 2pm
University College London (UCL). Come and explore wellbeing for museum staff with Map (Museums and Participation Network), GEM (Group for Education in Museums) and the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing.  As museums face more pressures, we want to start a conversation about staying well at work.  Join us to consider the situation for museum staff and find out how to take care of ourselves and our teams. Register now.

Please note: that places are open to anyone registering with an organisational/institutional email address. We have a few places reserved for freelance/self-employed practitioners, please send us an email before you book a place (priority will be given to those who have attended previous meetings).  If you cannot attend the meeting after you have registered, please let us know so we can pass your place on.

GEM Intermediate Course: Health and Wellbeing

For those already running health and wellbeing provision but are looking for ways to improve or build upon this practice and want to advance your professional development & support wellbeing in your heritage organisation then GEM’s Intermediate Course: Health and Wellbeing might be for you!

The Alliance are working in partnership with GEM as part of their ACE-funded Learning & Sharing Centre project. Health and Wellbeing is one of five GEM intermediate courses that will address the core competencies identified by GEM, to help raise professional standards in the museum, heritage and cultural sector.

The course is aimed at supporting the professional development of mid-career heritage educators involved with health and wellbeing.

GEM says, “Not just one-day workshops!” This course will combine a one-day workshop with a few short activities to be completed prior to and after the workshop, which will reinforce and embed your learning. Working with a passionate peer group, the 6-7-week course will enable participants to reflect on current work to:
• identify and overcome challenges,
• reframe other provision as health and wellbeing programmes,
• and gain inspiration to set up new projects.

More dates for 2018 to be announced.

Places are limited, so book your place now! For more details please visit the GEM website.




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