Thursday, 13 September 2012

New Card Available - Katie Holten

The SPA team are delighted that the most recent card is by Katie Holten - fabulous!

Katie Holten grew up in Ireland, but now lives and works in NY, USA.
Through drawing, sculpture, books and ephemeral actions her work looks at the relationship between man and the natural world.

She represented Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale and has also had solo shows at the New Orleans Museum of Art, USA; VAN HORN Dusseldorf, Germany; Dublin City Gallery, Ireland; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY, USA.

Currently she has a solo show at FUTURA Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic. The show runs until November 25th 2012.

For more information about her work please visit her website:

If you can't make it to Prague - then you can always come to Preston and pick up a FREE Secret Preston Art card. The limited edition postcards went out today into the venues (listed below) so if you fancy owning a postcard by Katie Holten you better go and collect one asap - they will go fast!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Local Artist in Local Museum Shocker

On show at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery here in Preston at the moment is an exhibition by Lubaina Himid - one of the Secret Preston Artists (see March entry on the blog).

Moments That Matter is an exhibition of paintings revealing the hidden contribution of 45 individuals to the Olympics. There are also banners in some of the empty shop windows in the city too. The exhibition runs until 3rd November and is free.

Vibrant and beautiful, Lubaina's exhibition makes an interesting addition to an otherwise fairly dull contemporary art program this year because of the funding cuts and lack of imagination.
With the unshakable policy of 'ignore local artists and hopefully they'll get bored and go away' it makes a refreshing change to see the Harris Museum showing the work of a local artist (Lubaina Himid lives and works here in the city). Has the Harris Museum finally realised there are some cracking good international, local artists?