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A new exhibition at The Har­ris called ‘Beau­ti­ful and Bru­tal: 50 years in the Life of Pre­ston Bus Sta­tion’ might not be the most sen­sa­tional of ti­tles but it will strike a chord with Pre­sto­ni­ans who ei­ther love or hate this im­pos­ing struc­ture.

The exhibition, which runs from Septem­ber 21st to Novem­ber 24th, also fea­tures a pro­gramme of events mark­ing the 50th year since it was built. It is now Grade II listed and has un­der­gone an ex­ten­sive restora­tion pro­gramme, due to be com­pleted later this year. The artist Charles Quick is work­ing with ex­perts at The Har­ris to share its story.

James Arnold, his­tory curator at The Har­ris, said: ‘It is a na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally im­por­tant piece of ar­chi­tec­ture built for the peo­ple of Pre­ston. Con­structed in 1969 by Build­ing De­sign Part­ner­ship, it was the largest in Europe.

‘Peo­ple have called it a Mar­mite build­ing, ei­ther loved or loathed, but its beau­ti­ful and bru­tal form is one of the city’s most dis­tinc­tive pieces of ar­chi­tec­ture. It has in­spired many artists, film­mak­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers.’

Films, tours and work­shops will take place in the lead-up to the exhibition as well as a bus­themed summer event on July 6 with vin­tage buses and creative ac­tiv­i­ties. Har­ris cu­ra­tors are also ap­peal­ing for locals to share any items of mem­o­ra­bilia con­nected to the bus sta­tion.

‘This can be any­thing that has sig­nif­i­cance for them,’ said James. ‘We’d love for as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to come for­ward with those trea­sured ob­jects.’

If you have items to do­nate to the Beau­ti­ful and Bru­tal: 50 years in the Life of Pre­ston Bus Sta­tion exhibition, please con­tact his­tory curator James Arnold on 01772 905406.

ABOVE: In re­hearsals are the As­pire Car­ni­val Dance Troupe BE­LOW: James Arnold, his­tory curator at The Har­ris, and artist Charles Quick at the bus sta­tion

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