Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

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Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

Lancashire Architecture Building Celebration, England, UK – curated by Charles Quick

25 Sep 2019

Preston Bus Station

Curator: Charles Quick

Location: Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP, England

T 01772 258248 (office 10am-4pm)
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Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station

Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

21 September – 24 November 2019
Exhibition Opening is on Friday 20 September
Time: 6 – 8pm. The welcome at 6pm to the exhibition was interpreted in BSL by CoSign.

Preston Bus Station is an internationally important piece of architecture that was built for everyday use by the people of Preston.

Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

Now in its 50th year, Charles Quick, artist and co-curator of In Certain Places, is collaborating with the Harris to re-present and reveal Preston Bus Station through archives, collections, artists’ commissions and interventions, which will permeate spaces throughout the Harris.

Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

Built in 1969 by BDP, Preston Bus Station was the largest in Europe – a space-age structure built in the same year as the moon landing. Its strong architectural presence has inspired a wealth of artists, filmmakers and photographers, including Shezad Dawood and Nathaniel Mellors.

Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

Existing work will feature alongside new contemporary art commissions by LOW PROFILE, Keith Harrison and Anna Raczynski to reveal aspects of the architecture on site and in the Harris.

Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

LOW PROFILE will explore the role of people in the building’s identity through a large-scale artwork. Keith Harrison, known for his sculptural and audio work, will be creating a performative work at the Preston Bus Station. Anna Raczynski artist/filmmaker will be creating a series of talking head portraits of people associated with Preston Bus Station.

Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

Preston Bus Station was saved from demolition after a 13 year campaign initiated by the people of Preston and is now Grade II listed. It has been revitalised through an extensive restoration programme by Lancashire County Council and John Puttick architects, which will be completed later this year. Its beautiful and brutal form has regained its former glory – loved by many and loathed by some. Whatever your opinion, it is one of Preston’s most distinctive pieces of architecture and is a place where the daily transactions of the city take place.

Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

A complementary events programme at Preston Bus Station and the Harris will include films, talks, tours and workshops to contextualise the social architecture of the building and its role in the city.

Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

See work by local photographers, taken of Preston bus station during its 50 years on display, on the main staircase.

Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition

Photography: Ian Clegg

Preston Bus Station Birthday Exhibition images/information received 250919

Preston Bus Station
Date built: 1969
Design: Building Design Partnership (BDP)
Preston Bus Station building facade
photograph © Adrian Welch
Conservationists fight to save ‘iconic modernist structure’:
Preston Bus Station Building

Location: Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP, England

T 01772 258248 (office 10am-4pm)
T 01772 905414 (event bookings)




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