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Investing in the Harris for Preston

Arts Council England has chosen to invest in the Harris in recognition of the crucial role it plays in the cultural landscape across Lancashire.

The Arts Council have announced its plans to invest £900,000 over four years in the city's Harris Museum and Art Gallery. 

Arts Council England has chosen to invest in the Harris in recognition of the crucial role it plays in the cultural landscape across Lancashire. The funding will support the ambitions of Preston City and Lancashire County Council in reinforcing the role of the Harris as a creative, civic and community centre for all communities. This revenue funding of £225,000 per year, for a period of 4 years will give the Harris the opportunity to become even more a community resource for Preston, welcoming and inspiring all who walk through its doors.

The 4 year programme has been developed through a combination of the Harris vision and feedback from consultations, as well as a clear look at the role of a 21st century museum, art gallery and library should play. It is keenly focused on the cultural role the Harris plays for Preston, and Lancashire, and how this role can be expanded and further developed to support the city and the region.

The programme is based around 4 key strands: Made in Preston, Collections for the 21st Century, Communities at the heart, in the heart of our communitites, and A thriving cultural sector in Lancashire.

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Services at Preston City Council said,

“We are thrilled to receive this funding, which will enable us to further improve the offer at the Harris, reflecting the extensive feedback we have received from local communities over the past 12 months.

The Harris is an iconic building for Preston and the extended programme that this funding allows us to deliver will provide new ways for Prestonians to get involved and enjoy the building and its offer.”                       

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "I'm really pleased to learn of the successful bid for Arts Council funding for the Harris. This shows again the effectiveness of partners working together who are committed to securing a long-term future for the library service. This is a real boost for the Harris."