Artist falling for the Harris Museum’s 120ft hall drop

Photo:IANROBINSON'lepbusinessweek'The Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston
Photo:IANROBINSON'lepbusinessweek'The Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston
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Top artist Amy Sharrocks has short-listed the Harris Museum and Art Gallery as one of the best places to fall from, and now Prestonians are needed to make it happen.

The Flag Market venue is in competition with three other museums across the country to host Amy for this year’s Museums at Night event.

For many years Amy, a live artist, sculptor and film-maker has been investigating our connection to water but she is also fascinated by people’s attitude to falling: why are we so embarrassed to be down, when others are up.

To win a performance by Amy, organised by cultural organisation Culture 24, staff at the Harris have come up with a proposal to swing the public vote.

Their plan is to experiment with falling from the museum’s 120ft high central hall or from a temporary staircase leading from street level to the first floor of the museum – all aided by a 007 stuntman.

Alex Walker of the Harris, said: “Amy Sharrocks is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists and we are really excited by the possibility of her creating new work in the remarkable Grade I listed Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

“Many artists, including Turner Prize winner Simon Starling have been inspired by our 120ft high central hall and we are intrigued to see what Amy will choose to do in the space given her fascination with falling.”

To vote, visit: Voting closes at 5pm on Tuesday, January 28.

If the museum wins, the event will take place between May 15 and 17.

Other venues in the running are the Museum of Carpet in Kidderminster, Gallery Oldham and the Swansea Museum.