Deauville: Preston’s Courtauld Connection

From 10th February – 20th May 2018, Deauville by Eugène Boudin was on display at The Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, on loan from the Courtauld Gallery.

The painting was selected by the local community through events in a café at the former factory site and a public vote. During the exhibition, the Harris held a reunion for former Courtaulds Ltd employees which led to a reminiscence film featuring former employees visiting the current site and new donations to the collection relating to the factory.

Alongside the painting new research and archive material that explores the history of the factory at Preston and its impact on local people was also exhibited. Six retired Courtaulds workers volunteered to develop the exhibition. They lent objects, shared photos and made oral history recordings for the display. There were also nine public events, including activities to engage children and young people in mural painting, invitations for the public to write poems based on the painting, talks delivered by Courtauld Gallery experts and half-term family craft activities.