NEON: The Charged Line

  • Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY11PU
  • From £0.00 Per person per day


'Neon: The Charged Line' is a major new exhibition organised by the Grundy Art Gallery which will explore how artists since the 1960s who have worked with the evocative medium of neon - a light designed to be seen rather than illuminate. The exhibition will allow visitors to see some of the different ways in which artists have used neon as a form of line drawing, whether in text, sign or integrated into sculpture or installation.

Achieved by passing an electrical current through the gas, the lighting properties of neon were first discovered in 1898, with the process subsequently patented by Frenchman Georges Claude. In Britain, Blackpool was one of the first places to widely show neon in the early 1930s, after it became widely used first in Paris, then in Los Angeles and New York, with the 'Claudgen' company designing a series of neons as part of its annual 'Illuminations' held in the town. These early designs will be shown in a parallel display in the gallery's upstairs rotunda gallery.


NEON: The Charged Line

Thu 1st September 2016 - Sat 7th January 2017

Tuesday10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday10:00 - 17:00
Thursday10:00 - 17:00
Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 17:00


Free Admission£0.00