Wednesday, 3 April 2013

End of the SPA project

The exhibition last week marked the end of the Secret Preston Art project.

Since January 2012 twelve different artists were asked to contribute to Secret Preston Art. 
Their artworks were made into a limited edition card that was given out for free in a number of venues in Preston city centre to whoever found them. Each edition was limited to 100.
Maybe some of the cards are now lost, maybe some are treasured - but each card was given out as a little gift to celebrate an obscure festival held here every 20 years called the Preston Guild.

The Secret Preston Art project could not have happened without the twelve artists being involved and giving their time - and so the biggest thank-you goes to them all. Each artist made beautiful, incredible artworks especially for Preston - how wonderful is that? 

Here are the 12 artworks that were made into the limited edition cards:

Michael Lewy:

Mark Dion:
Lubaina Himid:

Thomas Saible:

Adrianne Neil:

Katie Holten:

Hemali Bhuta:

Toby Paterson:

David Nash:

Alec Finlay with Hanna Tuulikki:


Urs Luethi:

For more information on the individual artists please scroll down the SPA blog - we've put links to their websites and galleries so you can find out more about their work.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Private View

It was the private view of the SPA exhibition on Friday night - and what a night!
In the snow and bitter wind over 50 people turned out to see the exhibition of the 12 SPA artists - a great turn out. Thanks to everyone who battled the elements to come and enjoy the art.

The guests were also treated to the fabulous music set provided by Frost with his tape cassettes - brilliant. 

If you didn't get the chance to come to the do on Friday night there is still the opportunity to see the exhibition in the Guild Hall Arcade, Lancaster Road, Preston. 
It's open on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th 11am - 4pm

So please don't miss the chance to see the 12 wonderful artworks produced for this project:

Michael Lewy
Mark Dion
Lubaina Himid
Thomas Saible
Adrianne Neil
Katie Holten
Hemali Bhuta
Toby Paterson
David Nash
Alec Finlay and Hanna Tuulikki
Urs Luethi

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Are you coming to the exhibition?

It's the opening night of the Secret Preston Art exhibition this Friday 22nd March from 6pm until 8pm - hope you can make it.

You'll be able to see the original artworks from all the SPA artists:

Michael Lewy, Mark Dion, Lubaina Himid, Thomas Saible, Adrianne Neil, Katie Holten, Hemali Bhuta, Toby Paterson, David Nash, Alec Finlay with Hanna Tuulikki, Urs Luethi and of course the un-nameable naughty graffiti one.

If you can't make the opening we'll be open on Sat 23rd, Mon 25th and Tues 26th 11am - 4pm
And it's FREE!!

Guild Hall Arcade
Lancaster Road

Hope to see you there - it'll be the only time you're able to see all these amazing international artists in one place - and it's in Preston. Fab.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Secret Preston Art Exhibition

Secret Exhibition - coming very soon...

What are you doing next Friday night?

Fancy seeing the original amazing artworks from all the SPA artists?

We are organising an exhibition of the works here in the fair city of Preston - so book it in your diary.

More details to follow by the end of today - so watch out!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Final SPA Card - Urs Luethi

We are very proud to announce that the final SPA artist is Urs Luethi - fantastic!

All the limited edition postcards are now available for FREE and can be found in Preston at Scene and Wonderland on Friargate, The Museum of Lancashire, the Pavilion in Avenham Park, The Tourist Info Centre and the Continental Pub. What are you waiting for? They'll not be around for long - go and get one for yourself!

Urs Luethi was born in Switzerland and lives in Germany. Working with photography, print, painting, sculpture and performance, his work takes a wry look at the aesthetic of the human condition. Frequently presenting self portraits his work is witty, ironic and loaded with tongue-in-cheek humour.

Luethi represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennial  in 2001 where he presented himself as part of the exhibition.

He has shown work extensively worldwide: Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Iceland, UK, Austria, Japan, Australia, USA and Canada. His work is held in a number of national collections: Kunsthalle in Hamburg, Kunstmuseum in Bern, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate in London.

He is currently showing work in A Bigger Splash at Tate Modern in London and in Glam! The Performance of Style at Tate Liverpool. And now he has work in Preston too - how exciting!

For more information on his work please visit his website:

We are delighted that our final limited edition postcard is by Urs Luethi. 100 numbered cards are now available in the venues listed above - please don't miss this chance to collect a little artwork by such an internationally significant artist: when all the cards are gone - they're gone.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

The Final SPA Card is Coming!!

The final Secret Preston Art card is coming and, if we say so ourselves - it's an absolute corker!

You really shouldn't miss this final limited edition postcard brought to you for free by Secret Preston Art.

It is being stamped and wrapped ready to go into all the venues around Preston city centre and should be available from Tuesday this week... 

Friday, 1 February 2013

New Card - Confidential!

There's a new SPA card out today and for obvious reasons the artist will remain confidential... how intriguing!

You can collect a free limited edition postcard from The Museum of Lancashire, The Conti Pub, The Pavilion in Avenham Park, the Tourist Info Centre, Scene on Friargate and Wonderland on Friargate too.

The postcard image shows only a section of the full artwork located somewhere within Preston city centre.

This work is part of an ongoing, unspoken dialogue between the artist and the authorities concerning their policy on the 'removal' of graffiti.

In subtle reference to 3D lettering, the simple addition to these blocks of painted 'censorship' calls into question the aim of the policy. Who is the offender/defender of the space?

The artwork has already been painted over and no longer exists -  with the blocks of black paint expanding to cover it. Such is the ephemeral nature of graffiti.

All the free cards have gone into the venues listed above - so go and collect one before they all get snapped up.

Friday, 4 January 2013

New Card Out - Alec Finlay!

We have a new Secret Preston Art card out from today by Alec Finlay - how wonderful!

All of the limited edition postcards have gone into the venues around Preston and are available for FREE - so go and get yourself one before they all go. Venues are The Pavilion in Avenham Park, The Conti Pub, Tourist Info Centre, The Museum of Lancashire, Wonderland on Friargate and Scene on Friargate too.

Alec Finlay is and artist and poet based in Edinburgh. He uses text, print, sculpture and collage, audio-visual and digital technology in his work to reflect our interaction with nature. His work considers how we as a culture, or cultures, relate to landscape.

He has shown work at The Baltic, The Bluecoat, Turner Contemporary, Royal Scottish Academy, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and was recently commissioned to make new work for the 18th Biennial of Sydney. 

Publications include: Be My Reader published by Shearsman Books; Mesostic Remedy published by Morning Star and Mesostic Interleaved published by Edinburgh University.

Finlay was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize in 2010 and the Alice Awards in 2012.
Go to his website for more details:

The work he has made for SPA is in collaboration with artist Hanna Tuulikki and for more information on her work please visit her website here:

If you're lucky enough to get your hands on one of the limited edition postcards you'll realise you'll be needing the answers to the riddles...

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

New Card - David Nash!

You lucky Prestonians - the new Secret Preston Art card is by David Nash. Unbelievable!

We have just put all the limited edition cards in the venues around the city - so if you want one you'd better get going.

David Nash has shown work all over the world - USA, Japan, France, Spain, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Korea, Hawaii, Poland and Italy and has work in many, many collections: Uffizi Gallery in Italy, Tate Gallery in London, The Arts Council Collection, The British Council, Soloman R Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo to name just a few.

He is a Royal Academician and was awarded the OBE for services to the arts in 2004.,117,AR.html

He is currently showing work at Kew in a major exhibition

And he is also showing work here in Preston! David Nash has made new work especially for this project - so we are absolutely delighted. Only 100 in total have been printed and distributed - so if you'd like to own a David Nash limited edition post card - they are FREE!!

Get yourself down to The Museum of Lancashire, The Tourist Info Centre, Scene on Friargate, Wonderland on Friargate, The Pavilion in Avenham Park and the Continental Pub before they all get snapped up.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Wonderland is back!

We are thrilled to say that the lovely shop Wonderland is back in Preston and will again become a venue for you to collect a free Secret Preston Art card. Fab.
Wonderland is on Friargate and open Monday to Saturday 10am until 5.30pm. Independent businesses need our support right now - so go along and see what goodies you can find in this delightful little shop.

And, it'll be this week sometime that the next SPA card is released into the world. It's a really special one this time - so get ready to run out and collect it. We'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

New Postcard - Toby Paterson

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the most recent SPA artist is Toby Paterson - incredible!

All the FREE limited edition postcards are now in the venues - so go out and get yourself one before they all get snapped up. The venues are The Museum of Lancashire, the Tourist Info Centre, Scene on Friargate, The Continental Pub and the Pavilion in Avenham Park.

Toby Paterson was born and lives in Glasgow. He makes paintings, reliefs and constructions that reflect his keen interest in post-war modernist architecture. Some works feature recognisable architectural elements while other works express purely abstract forms.

Paterson has shown work nationally and internationally: The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal; Tate St Ives, Cornwall and Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. He has also undertaken a number of public commissions: The BBC Scottish headquarters in Glasgow and he was appointed by Docklands Light Railway as principle artist on
the design team for the Stratford International Extension.

For more information on Paterson's work please visit the Modern Institute website.

We are so excited that he has made new work especially for the Secret Preston Art Project. Paterson says of the work
"It relates to Preston and my history as an occasional visitor. The other structure is the Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee in its previous state of 2001. It's now conserved, as I hope the bus station will be..."

So, if you fancy a copy of the SPA postcard you better hurry - they will go fast!