Preston Bus Station to feature in artist’s film

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Preston Bus Station is to get a starring role in a new film by an up and coming artist.

Nathaniel Mellors said he would use the city’s ‘extraordinary locations’ for the piece, which will be funded by an arts prize and will feature local performers.

Winner: Nathaniel Mellors picking up the award in London, watched by Alex Walker and Clarissa Corfe from the Harris Museum.        PHOTO: Sophie Mutevelian

Winner: Nathaniel Mellors picking up the award in London, watched by Alex Walker and Clarissa Corfe from the Harris Museum. PHOTO: Sophie Mutevelian

The quirky storyline will show the city being taken over by a group of Neanderthals taking over the station, which be set up to look like a rundown cinema.

Nathaniel’s project will be funded by the £40,000 Contemporary Art Society Annual Award.

He teamed up with the city’s Harris Museum and Art Gallery for his successful entry to the contest, designed to give a regional museum funding for a new artwork.

It is one of the biggest arts awards in the country.

Alex Walker, head of arts and heritage at Preston Council, said: “We are delighted to have won the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award for Museums 2014 in partnership with Nathaniel Mellors.

“We are very excited to be bringing his imaginative commission to life in Preston.

“It will be a film that is rooted in its locality; linking Preston’s two most recognisable buildings, Preston Bus Station and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.”

Nathaniel added: “The support and faith in my work that this award represents is impossible to put a price on, particularly from such a strong shortlist.

“It is a unique opportunity to consolidate recent developments in my practice and pull out some deeper weirdness, both with my amazing collaborators and through the extraordinary locations in and around Preston.”