The Great Northern Creative Expo 2019

The opening of the Brilliant City Exhibition (video credit: Sam Liles)

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The Great Northern Creative Expo

The Great Northern Creative Expo has evolved from a commitment to promote and showcase the emerging creative talent across the North of England. The expo continues to introduce a variety of fresh talent including film, photography, media and journalism with performances, workshops, masterclasses, music, monologues, networking, animation and inspiration to one and all.

The expo has attracted some of the leading creative talents (nationally and internationally) and we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to share a stimulating experience of creative talent which can be viewed, evaluated and enjoyed by everyone!


Holocaust Exhibitions

Curated by Yad VaShem

Wednesday 20 November-Friday 6 December

Livesey Exhibition Space, Livesey House

Two presentations of this terrible time in world history.  As part of ‘Making You Think’ the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is delighted to host two travelling exhibitions that have been created by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the world’s foremost centre on research and commemoration of the Holocaust. 

One focuses on Jewish children who gained comfort from toys and games at a time when their family lives were disintegrating. 

The other one tells the little-known story of how Muslims in Albania risked their lives to hide Jews during the Nazi occupation of their country. 

Neither of these exhibitions contain harrowing images and both have been used in schools. They come courtesy of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem whose mission is to build bridges between, Jewish and non-Jewish communities around the world.

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MA Photography Degree Show

Thursday 21 November-Wednesday 27 November

PR1 Gallery, Victoria Building

The 2019 MA Degree Show is the apex of the photography degree programme and is a culmination of aesthetic consideration and research informed practice. Addressing a cross section of themes, the work represents a timely point of reflection for a host of contemporary issues.

This includes auto-ethnographic accounts of health, community and emotional transgressions to works that explore others; people, and communities of practices through documentary and studio photography as well as co-authored, socially engaged methodologies.

All are welcome to attend the preview event on Wednesday 20 November 3pm-8pm.


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Expo Venues

Our events take place in various venues across the Preston Campus of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Every venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Here you’ll find location, visitor and access information. You can download an official UCLan Campus map here.


The central venue for The Great Northern Creative Expo, the Media Factory is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art building dedicated to providing realistic exposure to the media world.


The gallery is set across two levels; the ground floor and the mezzanine. The gallery is open weekdays during office hours and only occasional weekends.


Hanover Project is a brand new contemporary art gallery open to members of the public, staff and students from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.


The centre exists to encourage people in the pursuit and development of their faith, and to promote understanding and respect amongst members of different faiths.


Named in honour of Joseph Livesey of Preston, Livesey House is one of the closest University buildings to the city centre. The exhibition space is open to visitors 10am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Venue Access

Information on disabled access to our venues is listed through our partner AccessAble. The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is delighted to be working with AccessAble to ensure that all our prospective and current students, staff and visitors have clear information on the accessibility of our buildings. For the full guide, please click here.

Media Factory

Victoria Building

Hanover Building

Oasis Faith & Spirituality Centre

Livesey House

Campus Information