A splendid time is planned for all

We are thrilled to be working with Preston City Council and the Harris Museum & Gallery on this collaborative art project and event to take place on the Flag Market and inside the Harris on Saturday 3rd June 2017. Everyone is welcome, with activities and interests for all.

Oxheys’ artists Denise Swanson, Caroline Finnigan, Evelyn Rose, Robin Fanner and Gordon Ashworth will be participating and collaborating with Tim Saunders from Tim’s Perspective Art, Chris Davis from Our Alison and Bernie Velvick from ArtFull, with a splendid time planned for all:


On the Flag Market:

Start the day by Yarn Storming the Harris Gates with Caroline and Evelyn from 9.30-11am.

Then pick up a notebook and pencil and have a go at life drawing as Robin parades the Flag Market in various guises.

Watch Gordon as he chalks his incredible mind maps on the flag stones

Join Chris and make your own mark in paint on a giant semi-abstract landscape painting of Preston

Follow Tim as he creates a giant perspective art piece on the flagstone using your donated clothes (before they all go to charity) and then go up to the Harris balcony to view it from a different perspective

Then inside the Harris:

Drop-in to the Makerspace and have a go at drop spinning with Caroline

Or try your hand at wet felting with Evelyn, using the new Alastair Morton collection acquired by the Harris, as inspiration

Have a go at iPad drawing in the Discover Preston gallery and see your creations form part of a giant mosaic screened in the Harris Cafe

Watch Bernie lead a group of artists in the Big Picture drawing event in the Fine Art gallery, with drawings inspired by the Alastair Morton collection

Find out about the history of mark making in the Harris Cafe

Check out the wonderful collection of creative books in the Harris Library


to use your phones and take photos of the events, any artwork you make and any marks you see – Tweet using #makingamark hashtag and see your pictures appear live on the Twitter feed on a screen in the Harris Foyer

Then pop in to the Education Room to get them printed so Denise can add them to the pop-up exhibition display inside the Harris. Your drawings and weavings or wet felt works can also be added or you can photograph them so you can take them away and still be part of the exhibition

Everyone can have their work displayed in the Harris Museum!

Remember to collect a programme and as  you go around the various activities, get each artist to make their mark against their activity then when all boxes are complete, pop in to the Harris Shop and claim your free gift, courtesy of Preston City Council


Making A Mark in Preston

We may have been quiet over the past few weeks as our artists settle in to new studio spaces and get things sorted out but we have been busy planning our next event. Several of us (Denise, Caroline, Robin, Evelyn and Gordon) will be working with Preston City Council and the Harris, along with our friends, artists Tim Saunders, Chris Davis and Bernie Velvick on a collaborative project to take place in the flag market and the Harris on Saturday June 3rd as the first in a series of free summer events in Preston City City.

Plans are still being worked out but reserve the date and do come and join in with all the fun.

Here today, gone…

Sadly, things have moved on rather more quickly than anticipated and now we must also move on. We have received so many messages of support, we are proud to feel we have made a difference to local artists in this city although we are naturally sad to be leaving our home.

So we are holding one last event on 2nd March to celebrate the achievements over the past almost 6 years and to thank everyone who has ever visited, performed or exhibited work with us, run events, helped us with installations or generally given support. We could not have done it without you! We also want to extend appreciation to our lovely landlord, former councillor and Preston mayor Albert Richardson, for putting up with us this long. He is a true gent!

Join us next Thursday, for a one-night only pop-up exhibition and art sale with some lovely artworks to offer at affordable prices – do bring your wallets!