Harris Quarter Pop-Ups Programme
£1 million is being invested in a Pop Ups programme of events, installations and visitor attractions designed to promote city centre visits from residents and visitors.
As part of Preston's £20.9 million Towns Fund investment, the city received £1 million in accelerated funding from the government to help places "build back better" in the wake of Covid-19.
The funding will be used to deliver the Harris Quarter Pop Ups programme. The programme strongly aligns with ambitions for the cultural regeneration of the Harris Quarter and will help to develop the Preston Market area as a safe space street food zone with pop up events and performance spaces linked to activity in the city's other public spaces.
Pop-Ups Programme projects
The programme will be made up of the following projects:
Wallace and Gromit Bench Sculpture
Celebrating the success of Preston-born Nick Park, and the iconic Wallace and Gromit duo he created, a bronze bench featuring the famous characters has been sculptured. The new Prestonian landmark stands pride of place outside the entrance to Preston Markets and is a unique focal point for visitors to the Harris Quarter.
The MET - Mobile Events Tent
The MET, which stands for Mobile Event Tent, is a unique mobile tent for arts and cultural events in the city centre and its communities. With enough space for an audience of up to 100 people, the tent will provide continued provision for cultural events and attractions in the city while Preston recovers from the pandemic. It will be a fresh addition to Preston's cultural offer and will attract people from across the region.
Market Street Phone Boxes
The UK's longest line of traditional red phone boxes and locally-loved icons located on Market Street are set for a refurbishment. Not only will the project protect the structures for future generations, but consideration will also be made to how they can be used as a location for future installations and art displays.
Preston Street Murals
Led by talented local artists, this exciting project will see selected city centre buildings creatively transformed with colourful, inspiring and thought-provoking murals, bringing high-quality street art to Preston.
Animate Street Hoardings
Designed by local design studio Wash, hoardings have been installed around the old market site to provide visual interest while construction work is undertaken on the Animate cinema and leisure project. Another project that will promote Preston's creativity to both residents and visitors to the city.
Image credit: Mick Porter