G R A F T: A show of UK young artists

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The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library in partnership with UK Young Artists are excited to present G R A F T showcasing artists living, working and making across the UK today.

Come and celebrate making and see over 20 UK young artists perspectives on being human - and how we are all grafters working towards something. See highly colourful film, print, and ceramics, playful sculpture, and installation through to live dance and experimental performance. G R A F T provides twists and turns, highs and lows and a wealth of curiosity and imagination in an uncertain but still human world.

Artists will takeover the top floor exhibition gallery, immerse themselves in our collections and tip toe around the library to highlight different ways that artists create and celebrate the architectural spaces that the Harris has to offer.

GRAFT has been developed by artist and curator Garth Gratrix in collaboration with UKYA and The Harris as a legacy of the UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019. Providing a group of artists with a paid exhibition opportunity as chosen during a site visit whereby both organisations and young people from Preston selected 20 artists.

"Being from Preston and included in this show of national artists is an incredible opportunity"- Beth Wise, Exhibiting artist and UCLAN student ambassador based in Preston.

 "It's exciting to be invited to show my work at the Harris and to be included in a group of talented young artists, exploring a wide variety of subjects"- Kerry Tenbey, Exhibiting artist and curatorial assistant based in Blackpool.

Full list of artists to be published soon!

You are invited to the preview night on Thursday 4 April
5.30 - 8pm. Free. Everyone welcome. Drop by.
Plus live performance piece at 7.30pm

For a more in-depth start to the preview night make sure to book onto the artist talk at 3.30pm. Booking details coming soon. 

Alongside the main exhibition there will be plenty of chances to join in - take part in artist led workshops, talks led by the curatorial team and live events and activities.

When you visit the show you will be able to claim a free limited edition zine created by SHY BAIRNS with artists in the wider community.

You can find out details of the free exhibition talks, tours and events on The Harris' What's On page here.

Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library and UK Young Artists are funded by Arts Council England's National Portfolio Programme.

Laura EvansPast