Bright days ahead for Preston's Harris

The last 12 months may have been tough, but everything will be fine.

Friday, 13th January 2017, 4:02 pm
Updated Friday, 13th January 2017, 5:06 pm
Martin Creed Work No. 203 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT 1999 White neon 1.6 x 42.6 ft / 0.5 x 13 m Installation at The Portico, Linscott Road, London, UK, 1999 Commissioned by Ingrid Swenson Photo: Hugo Glendinning

That’s what Prestonians are to be told, when a giant neon sign is installed on the front of the Harris.

Everything Is Going To Be Alright will be beamed down from the Grade I listed building, to tie in with an exhibition beginning later this month and running until June.

And psychologists say the positive message may be enough to lift people’s spirits.

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Sir Cary Cooper, professor of psychology and health at Manchester Business School, said: “I’m not sure if it will have an impact, but the thing about it is people are feeling really unsure about a range of events globally like Brexit, Trump and everything else.

“When you have a lot of uncertainty I think you need as much positivity as you can get.

“And I think it may give people some of ‘don’t worry’ and ‘it’s not life and death’ - it’s politics and yes it may have consequences but it’s not about somebody in your family having a life-threatening illness.

“You have to put it into perspective and in the end it will stabilise and will be ok. It’s about that positive message and I think that might have a positive affect for some people - but not for everybody.”

The installation will coincide with an exhibition at the Harris by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed.

Listed building consent has been granted for the artwork beneath the pediment of the Harris, over the existing lettering which reads To Literature, Arts and Sciences.

A report from officers said it was considered acceptable for a temporary period and would not have a detrimental impact on the integrity of the Grade I listed building.