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.
Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry to exhibit at Grundy Art Gallery
28 September-15 December
Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool is delighted to announce that it will be exhibiting, The Vanity of Small Differences, a suite of six large-scale tapestries by Turner Prize winning artist, Grayson Perry.
After over four years touring the world, Blackpool now gets its opportunity to host this exciting Arts Council Collection touring exhibition, and as the last venue of an extensive tour, Grundy Art Gallery provides the final opportunity to see it in its current form.
In The Vanity of Small Differences, Grayson Perry explores his fascination with taste and the visual story it tells of our interior lives. Inspired by William Hogarth's moral tale, A Rake's Progress, the tapestries are composed of characters, incidents and objects Perry encountered while gathering inspiration for the television series, ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’ which first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012.
Elevating the common place dramas of everyday life, Perry weaves the characters that he meets into a narrative every bit as acute as that in Hogarth's 18th century paintings.
Caption: Grayson Perry, Expulsion from No. 8 Eden Close (2012), Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London and British Council © the artist. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from AlixPartners.
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