Thursday, 16 February 2012

February 2012 - Mark Dion

The second SPA artist for February is Mark Dion - how exciting!

Dion's work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. He incorporates elements of biology, archaeology, ethnography, and the history of science and has worked all over the world. And now he's produced a special drawing for Preston!

He has exhibited internationally since 1985 with solo shows at the Tate Gallery; Museum of Modern Art, New York; South London Gallery; USF Contemporary Art Museum; and the Natural History Museum, London to name only a few.

He is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York. The website shows examples of his work and also a full CV too:

Dion is currently showing at the USF Contemporary Art Museum in Florida, USA (in case you're passing). Troubleshooting runs until 3rd March 2012.

The Secret Preston Art edition of 100 cards with Mark Dion's drawing on has now gone into all the venues around Preston city centre - so if you want one for free, you'd better get a move on!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Michael Lewy - New York Times

All of the Secret Preston Art edition for January have all gone now, but you can see more of Michael Lewy's charts in a little book available from J&L Books based in USA.

Go to the website and scroll along until you see "Chart Sensation" and click on the book for details and to order your copy.

We're also pleased to announce that Michael has just been commissioned to illustration an article for the New York Times Book Review:

The February edition is going to print tomorrow - so it should be ready to go to all the venues in the next few days.... 

Tuesday, 7 February 2012


There are a few venues around Preston where you can pick up your free Secret Preston Art edition:

Wonderland Vintage Boutique
128 Friargate Preston
Carefully sourced vintage and retro clothing, shoes and accessories.
Mon - Sat 09.00 - 18.00

The Pavilion
Avenham Park
The Pavilion was designed by McChesney Architects - it's such a beautiful building, and it houses the Preston City Council park manager and rangers and also the Riverside Cafe. 
It's open 7 days a week. 
April - Sept 10.00 - 17.00
Oct - March 10.00 - 16.00

The Continental Pub
South Meadow Lane
With a great selection of beers, wines and yummy food there's also a program of events including music, studio theatre, live literature, workshops, classes and masses more...

47 Friargate
Skatestore with clothes, footwear, accessories and skateboards.
Mon - Sat 10.00 - 17.30

Preston Tourist Information Centre
The Guildhall
Lancaster Road
The Tourist Information Centre has just been refurbished and is situated in the Guildhall.
Mon - Sat 10.00 - 17.50

Museum Of Lancashire
Stanley Street
The MOL has just re-opened after redevelopment - and it's really great! It's now free to enter, has free parking and a cafe - why haven't you been already?!
Tues - Sat 10.30 - 17.00
Sun 12.30 - 17.00
Closed mondays except bank holidays