About the Lancashire Arts Festival

The University of Central Lancashire was established in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. Following on from those humble beginnings, in 1882 the Trustrees established the Harris Institute for the promotion of Art, Literature and Technical Education. 135 years on, and this foundation in the arts has evolved into what is now the award-winning Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries (FCCI).

The Faculty is made up of four Schools that offer a vibrant range of subjects. These are the School of Art, Design and Fashion, including the Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture, the School of Journalism, Media and Performance, the School of Language and Global Studies, plus the School of Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Our students and staff work creatively and collaboratively across this exciting range of disciplines to open up new avenues to explore and new opportunities for learning. This was recognised in 2016 when the Faculty was awarded the coveted Times Higher award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts for its work in developing a revolutionary sustainable fundraising platform that enables the music industry to make use of sounds from extremely rare and exotic instruments.

Our vision is to be the number one destination for the study of culture and the creative industries. We aim to produce creative, reflective, work-ready graduates who benefit from our links with industry and world-leading research-informed teaching. This is enhanced with the ongoing delivery of our £200 million Campus Masterplan providing advanced facilities, focusing on regeneration and business investment in the University quarter, and therefore reinforcing the University’s ties to the local community, creative wider benefits for Preston and beyond.

In all, the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries strives to provide transdisciplinary opportunities for our students to be playful, thoughtful, and to stretch themselves, in order to realise their full potential and ambition.

The Lancashire Arts Festival aims to celebrate the creative talent of students within the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries by hosting a number of events including the showcase of degree shows , which saw an attendance of 1,700 people last year. 2018 is the second year of the Lancashire Arts Festival and it is open to everyone; the University of Central Lancashire would like to welcome you to celebrate our creative programme of events spanning architecture, design, fashion, fine art, media and performance.

Innovation is part of our culture and we work hard to establish links with local, regional, national and international businesses, sharing and exchanging our expertise and research. Our variety of events are suited to all businesses, whether they are inside or outside the creative industries. Find out more in our business events section.


Students at St Peters

UCLan also works with schools and colleges colleges to inspire prospective students and introduce a wide range of services, opening their eyes to a world of opportunities ahead of them. The Lancashire Arts Festival is an amazing opportunity for prospective students interested in a career in the creative industries to visit the University. To find out about the events on offer, visit our schools and colleges section.

The Lancashire Arts Festival is just one of the many fantastic free events open to the public, which the University runs throughout the year. See our ‘What’s On’ page on the main site for further event information.