The Grundy Art Gallery was founded in 1911 by the brothers John and Cuthbert Grundy, and has been at the centre of cultural and artistic life in the town for over 100 years.
It began with the ambition to show the best art of the day to the people of Blackpool, and this sentiment remains at the heart of what they do today as a leading contemporary art gallery in the North West.
The Grundy aims to inspire audiences through an ambitious and varied year-round exhibitions programme that draws on the unique and invigorating context and heritage of Blackpool, for instance exploring the space between contemporary art, entertainment and popular culture. Recent exhibitions have featured works by celebrated and critically acclaimed artists including Emma Hart & Jonathan Baldock, Mark Leckey, Martin Creed, Brian Griffiths, David Hockney, Pierre Huyghe, Heather Phillipson, Susan Philipsz and Matt Stokes.
The Grundy Art Gallery has unveiled an exciting calendar of events for the start of 2019!
The programme includes the ever popular, OPEN exhibition, the Annual Schools exhibition, a solo exhibition by Blackpool-based artist Tina Dempsey and, to celebrate their 135th anniversary, a display of work by The Blackpool Art Society alongside work from the Grundy Art Gallery’s collection.
Here’s an insight into what’s on offer from Saturday 19 January until Saturday 2 March at the Grundy.
Grundy’s 2019 Open exhibition showcases the wealth of creative talent across Blackpool and the Fylde Coast. The opportunity is open to all residents aged 18 years and over from eligible postcodes with works being hung in the date order in which applications were received. With a year on year increase in the number of submissions, this year’s Open 2019 looks set to be Grundy Art Gallery’s most popular yet.
Future Blackpool: Annual Schools Exhibition
Illustrating the Grundy’s ongoing commitment to encouraging and celebrating early year’s creativity, the Annual Schools Exhibition displays the work of pupils aged 5-14 years of age from seven schools across Blackpool and the Fylde Coast. Taking inspiration from Emilios Hatjoullis’ drawing titled Blackpool 2068, as well as other artworks that formed part of the Grundy Art Gallery’s Autumn 2018 programme, pupils have taken part in exhibition tours, talks and workshops led by Grundy Art Gallery’s Education Officer and locally-based artist, Lisa Wigham. Pupils were asked to imagine their Blackpool of the future and produce a poster to tell that story.
This year’s participating schools are Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School, Moor Park Primary School, Highfurlong School, Thames Primary Academy, Kincraig Primary School, Hodgson Academy and Hawes Side Primary School.
The Blackpool Art Society: 135 years
To celebrate its 135th anniversary, Grundy Art Gallery has invited the Blackpool Art Society to present an exhibition of work from its current membership. Alongside this, a selection of works made and donated by founders of the Grundy Art Gallery, John and Cuthbert Grundy will also be shown. The brothers had a long-standing relationship with the Blackpool Art Society both as members and past Presidents. Exhibiting their work as part of this exhibition recognises some of the impacts that they had on the artistic community of their time as well as highlighting their ongoing legacy in the form of the Grundy Art Gallery and its collection.
Joy: Tina Dempsey
Tina Dempsey’s exhibition continues Grundy Art Gallery’s programme of solo exhibitions by artists living and working across Blackpool and the Fylde Coast. Comprising of new work made specifically for this opportunity, the exhibition is an examination of joy and explores what it is, how it makes us feel and what triggers it. The exhibition seeks to stimulate and capture joy as a sensation, pausing it and allowing it to be examined closer. In her work, Tina Dempsey explores the social, physical, architectural and emotional resonance of the spaces we occupy, documenting these experiences through drawing, painting, printmaking and collage.
For more information, please head over to grundyartgallery.com