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.
Grundy Art Gallery is delighted to announce its winter 2020 Exhibition and Events Programme.
The programme includes the ever popular, OPEN exhibition, our Annual Schools’ Exhibition, a solo exhibition by Blackpool-based artist Garth Gratrix and ‘Spotlight on Sculpture’; the first in a series of exhibitions highlighting Grundy Art Gallery’s collection. In March, Grundy Art Gallery will also present, ‘Conversations Series II – OTHER TRANSMISSIONS; a two week exhibition delivered in partnership with Venture Arts, the Whitworth, and Castlefield Gallery in Manchester and The New Langdale, Blackpool
Cllr. Kim Critchley, Cabinet Assistant for Arts, said, “Grundy Art Gallery’s winter 2020 programme celebrates the wealth and breadth of creative talent on our doorstep and demonstrates Grundy Art Gallery’s commitment to encouraging the creativity within us all.”
18 Jan – 28 March
Shy Girl, GARTH GRATRIX
Shy Girl, by Garth Gratrix continues Grundy Art Gallery’s programme of solo exhibitions by artists living and working across Blackpool and the Fylde Coast. Of his work, Gratrix says he makes sculptural installations that embed Queer culture and its references within the process of making art in a given or used space. For Grundy Art Gallery, Gratrix will combine his core interests in minimalism, sculpture, installation and architecture, alongside experimenting with the language of colour, culminating in his first major solo exhibition in the North West. The exhibition is also accompanied by a series of performance collaborations supported by a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England. Born in Blackpool, Gratrix is the founding director of Abingdon Studios Ltd in Blackpool and is the grandson of Roy Gratrix – legend player for Blackpool Football club (1953-1964).
7 – 21 March
Conversations Series II- OTHER TRANSMISSIONS
This exhibition brings together artists, with and without disability, from Blackpool and Manchester who have worked together to investigate how artists are labelled, who makes art and who it is for. The exhibition will also include works on loan from the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection, the UK’s largest collection of Outsider art which is housed at the Whitworth, Manchester. OTHER TRANSMISSIONS is presented by Grundy Art Gallery as part of its participation in Access Fylde Coast, a Coastal Communities funded project that is being led by Disability First, Blackpool. The exhibition, OTHER TRANSMISSIONS is delivered in partnership with Venture Arts, the Whitworth, and Castlefield Gallery in Manchester and The New Langdale in Blackpool.
For more information, please head over to: grundyartgallery.com