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Spring Exhibitions at Grundy Art Gallery

Last Chance to see Spring 2022 at Grundy Art Gallery

The Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool shows a year round programme of contemporary and visual art exhibitions and events. Including solo and group exhibitions together with talks, workshops and educational activities.

Grundy Art Gallery – Spring 2022 programme

Grundy Art Gallery is delighted to invite you to their spring 2022 programme. Spring season at Grundy Art Gallery is always a time for celebrating the ‘new’. New ideas, new artworks, and new experiments as well as an invitation to our visitors to come and see things in new ways. Be quick! The current exhibition ends 11 June 2022.

Cllr Kathryn Benson, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Aspiration and Community Assets, said: ‘’With its focus on new discoveries, spring is always an exciting time at Grundy Art Gallery. With its range of new exhibitions and artworks being presented both inside and outside the gallery, I am looking forward to seeing what this consistently exciting art gallery has to offer.”

Opening Times

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.
Please note: last admission to the gallery is 3.40pm.
Admission is Free
More about facilities here

SPRING 2022 EXHIBITIONS

RACHEL GOODYEAR : STIRRINGS

26 March – 11 June 2022
Grundy Art Gallery : Ground Floor Galleries 2, 3 + 4

This spring Grundy Art Gallery will launch ‘Stirrings’ by the internationally recognised, north-west based artist Rachel Goodyear. ‘Stirrings’ will be the first major solo exhibition by the artist in a north-west museum and art gallery. It has been co-commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery and the University of Salford Art Collection and will include new large-scale drawings and a new animation. While the animation shows Goodyear experimenting with structure and sound, the new works on paper see the artist working at a scale larger than ever before. Elements from the exhibition will be jointly acquired into the permanent collections of Grundy Art Gallery and the University of Salford Art Collection. The exhibition will also tour to Salford Museum and Art Gallery from 15 July 2022.

Rachel Goodyear, Concentration, copyright the artist. Photo Michael Pollard
Rachel Goodyear, Concentration, copyright the artist. Photo Michael Pollard

Over her 20-year career, Goodyear has retained a core commitment to the act of drawing, as well as a commitment to the expansion of drawing as a medium. Throughout her practice, her drawings have found their way onto bus tickets, diary pages and envelopes; as well as onto more conventional sources of paper; while her experiments with drawing as a form, have seen her works take shape as sculpture, animation, performance and installation. For this new exhibition, Goodyear has experimented with scale, making her largest and most detailed drawing to date. With heightened detail, bodies contort, a wolf-pack is tangled into a single entity of snarls and fur and figures explore sensations that hold an ambiguous balance of pleasure and discomfort.

Goodyear often describes her drawings as ‘fragments’ – like glimpses from a half remembered dream or a distorted memory – frozen in a moment. For ‘Stirrings’, alongside new works on paper, Goodyear has also developed a major new installation. With nods to  mythological journeys into the Underworld, Dante’s levels of Hell and our continuous scrolling through social media, Goodyear’s animation takes the form of a never-ending descent. With a specially commissioned soundtrack by Matt Wand, Goodyear’s frozen moments are locked in time to be repeated forever.

COLLECTION SPOTLIGHT: PATTI MAYOR Part Two

26 March – 11 June, Grundy Art Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery 1

Collection Spotlight exhibitions are an opportunity for Grundy Art Gallery to highlight individual artists or showcase a specific selection of works from the Grundy’s collection. In 2022, Grundy Art Gallery is marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Preston born artist and suffragist, Patti Mayor, with a Collection Spotlight exhibition presented in two parts. While Part One previously focused on Patti’s painted portraits, Part Two takes us behind the scenes. Along with the 28+ paintings by Patti, Grundy Art Gallery also holds a large number of the artists’ works on paper. These works in pen, pencil and watercolour fill numerous sketchbooks, loose pieces of paper and torn out diary pages and show the artist at play, testing out different subject matters and materials. Presented together for the first time here at Grundy Art Gallery, these pieces show how drawing was central to the artist’s practice as a way to record observations, capture ideas and to refine her technique.

WE’RE STILL HERE! : Stuart Linden Rhodes

14 February – 11 June, Grundy Art Gallery exterior – Forecourt Commission

Continuing Grundy Art Gallery’s forecourt exhibition series is a solo exhibition of the work of Stuart Linden Rhodes. The exhibition is presented as part of a project called We’re Still Here! developed by Blackpool based artists, Garth Gratrix and Harry Clayton-Wright.

We’re Still Here!  seeks to create a visual and oral histories archive of LGBTQIA+ communities in Blackpool. To celebrate LGBT History Month, We’re Still Here! has commissioned Stuart Linden Rhodes to present a selection of archival photographic studies of 90’s LGBTQIA+ nightlife culture in Blackpool to coincide with the launch of the artists’ new publication.

Coming soon….

BLACKPOOL STANDS BETWEEN US AND REVOLUTION: TOM IRELAND

Grundy Art Gallery exterior

Blackpool Stands Between Us and Revolution, is an illuminated text-based artwork for Blackpool’s civic space. The work is a large-scale rendering of a quote from the 1920s that underlines Blackpool’s vital role within the lives of working people as a site for recreation and release. The work is the result of a 2019 open commission opportunity led by Blackpool Council’s Arts Service to provide Blackpool with a number of new permanent and temporary public realm art works. Tom Ireland is a Blackpool based artist and curator, whose work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

WORKSHOPS / TALKS AND EVENTS:

The spring programme will be supported by a range of activities and events that will provide opportunities to find out more about the art and artists on display, as well as exploring and developing the participants’ own creativity.

Sign up to the Grundy newsletter via the Grundy website www.thegrundy.org and keep an eye on the website and watch out for posts via Grundy’s social media channels to find out more.

Grundy newsletter

To keep up to date and find out more about the Grundy’s exhibitions and events sign up to the Grundy newsletter via the Grundy website www.thegrundy.org. Also keep an eye on the website and watch out for posts via Grundy’s social media channels.

COVID Security Measures

Please check Grundy Art Gallery’s website for further details of the COVID security measures that are in place for your visit. www.thegrundy.org

Grundy Art Gallery unveiled an exciting calendar of events to commemorate its 110th anniversary in 2021. 

The gallery and its collection established in 1911. It came via a financial gift and donation of over 30 paintings by local brothers John and Cuthbert Grundy. 2021 therefore marks the 110th Anniversary of the gallery opening its doors to the people of Blackpool and beyond.

The Blackpool coat of arms – emblazoned with ‘Progress’ – is embedded in brickwork above the front door. Guided by this motto, the gallery continues to honour its founding ethos. It shows a year-round programme of high quality contemporary art exhibitions and events. Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, 2021 was no exception.  

110th Anniversary Logo 

Grundy Art Gallery’s 110th anniversary logo was inspired by an ink stamp, historically used to identify items brought into Grundy’s permanent collection. It also echoes the design of Blackpool’s world famous sticks of rock.

Grundy Art Gallery 110th anniversary logo
Grundy Art Gallery 110th anniversary logo

Good to Go

The Grundy Art Gallery has obtained the new VisitEngland ’We’re Good To Go’ Covid safe industry standard. It means that:

  • they’ve carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment
  • are adhering to all of the latest government guidelines
  • and making changes around social distancing, staff training and health and safety.
New opening measures at Grundy Art Gallery
New opening measures at Grundy Art Gallery

fig-futures, a collecting scheme supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund, and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, has acquired 26 new art works for collections across the UK.  Pictured below: Rebecca Birch, The Yellowing Part 1, 2018, Photograph by Jonathan Lynch, Grundy Art Gallery.

Rebecca Birch, The Yellowing Part 1, 2018, Photograph by Jonathan Lynch, Grundy Art Gallery
Rebecca Birch, The Yellowing Part 1, 2018, Photograph by Jonathan Lynch, Grundy Art Gallery

fig-futures has spent a year touring the UK, done 16 week long shows, in four galleries, and several community spaces with 18 artists. The major set of acquisitions will benefit several areas across the UK, from Blackpool to Cornwall, via East Anglia and the Midlands.

Artworks acquired range from performance works to films, large scale sculptures to photography. Plus paintings to durational dance pieces, diversifying the collections the artworks will go to. The total sum of the acquisitions is in the region of £80,000.00.

Recipients and collection highlights include:

  • Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, gains artworks that include two prints and a ceramic work by Allison Katz and an interactive library installation by Ruth Beale
  • Norwich Castle Museum acquires its first sound and performance art works: Passing through Metal (2018) by Oreet Ashery (created with a heavy metal band and knitters) and Singular (2011) a durational dance work by Joe Moran, respectively. They also acquire a new site-specific artwork by Broomberg and Chanarin and work by artist Eva Rothschild, who represents Ireland at the 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice this year
  • The Gallery at De Montfort University, Leicester, acquires a performance artwork by Swedish artist Annika Strom and a second by British artist Ben Judd
  • The Box, Plymouth, sees a painting by Eva Grubinger and by Suzanne Treister join their collection and a slide projector installation by Charlotte Moth about post-war Plymouth

Contemporary artworks into public collections

fig-futures was initiated by Art Fund and Outset Contemporary Art Fund to develop a new collecting scheme for the acquisition of contemporary artworks into public collections. Plus providing artist and curatorial development opportunities for galleries and practitioners outside the capital. It saw sixteen, week-long exhibitions across four venues who, in turn, acquired works by the artists included in their respective shows.

20,000 people have visited or engaged with the shows in the four locations. Institutions have also programmed talks and events to coincide with exhibitions to help audiences engage even further.

Reflecting Blackpool as a place

“The works being collected variously address Blackpool as place. They speak to our policy of collecting high quality contemporary art. These acquisitions provide an important legacy of our fig-futures partnership, but more importantly provide an exciting and relevant curatorial resource for our future exhibition and event programming.

“We want to thank all the fig-futures partners for making these acquisitions possible, but especially the artists for their insightful and engaging contributions.”

Artist Ruth Beale, said: “I’m really pleased that Grundy has chosen to acquire Library of Future Societies (Blackpool). It’s a living, changing work. Made for, and by, Blackpool.

“Each time it’s displayed, it will be remade with books held in Blackpool Libraries. I think that libraries – and galleries – can be litmus papers to what is valued in society. It’s a reflection of the library service, the readers, and the books that are in circulation.”

Paulette Terry Brien became the gallery’s curator in November 2017.

Paulette Terry Brien, Grundy Art Gallery Curator

Paulette has more than 25 years of experience working within contemporary visual art. She’s well known for raising the profile of the North West region, on a national and international level.

Paulette is co-founder and co-director of The International 3, a contemporary art gallery based in Salford. There, she’s delivered a year round programme of exhibitions and events. Plus being instrumental in developing projects such as Manchester’s annual contemporary art fair, The Manchester Contemporary.

Paulette comes to the Grundy with a strong track record of identifying and nurturing emerging talent, commissioning and curating high quality contemporary art exhibitions for both gallery and non-gallery settings. Over the years, her wealth of experience has supported hundreds of emerging artists. Many of whom have gone on to achieve regional, national and international recognition.

As well as providing peer support, Paulette has also been successful on many occasions in brokering the acquisition of work by regional artists into major public and private collections, such as the Arts Council Collection and Whitworth Art Gallery’s collection.

Paulette is thrilled to have been selected as the new curator of the Grundy. She’s keen to continue to champion regional artists from the North West.

Prestigious Award for Light Programme at the Grundy

In 2016, Grundy Art Gallery secured £80,000 from the Art Fund, to buy new artworks around the theme of light.

Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool

The Award is part of the Art Fund’s £400,000 ‘New Collecting Awards’ programme. Six awards were made in 2016 to museums around the British Isles.

The £80,000 award to then Grundy Curator Richard Parry was the joint highest sum. The same amount went to curators at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and the National Galleries of Scotland.

The award invests in the development of promising curators at early points in their careers. Museum professionals are each given a budget to pursue a completely new avenue of collecting in their institutions.

Exhibition at Grundy Art Gallery

Five out of six of the awards were presented to support contemporary art collecting. The scheme benefits the museums’ collections. It also helps the curators to learn at first-hand about the process of making great acquisitions.

Significant boost

The award is a significant boost for the gallery. It follows a further award from the John Ellerman Foundation, supporting new work with the collection. That enabled important behind-the-scenes improvements, including the employment of a new Collections Manager.

Then curator Richard Parry said: “This award couldn’t come at a better time. For the first time since before the War the gallery has a substantial amount to buy new artworks. It allows us to develop our new strand of work around light.”

“Blackpool is in many ways the ‘home’ of light in the UK because of the Illuminations. This is a huge endorsement of the cultural significance of light in the town. Nowhere in the country currently focuses on light in this way. We’ve seen a fantastic response to the exhibition Sensory Systems. It shows there’s an appetite for international artwork of this kind here.

“Although light is only one part of the gallery’s work, there’s an ambition to make the Grundy nationally recognised for it. That’s starting to happen already through this award.”

Key Emin artwork joins Grundy’s permanent collection

Grundy Art Gallery acquired a key exhibit from one of the most successful art exhibitions to join the permanent collection. ‘I Know I Know I Know’ by Tracey Emin was first displayed as part of NEON: The Charged Line exhibition in 2002.

I Know I Know by Tracey Emin

The acquisition is the first made by the gallery using funding from the Art Fund’s New Collecting Award. The scheme enables curators to pursue new avenues of collecting for their museums. 

The work displayed at the gallery in NEON: The Charged Line traced how artists have worked with neon since the 1960s. The exhibition saw Emin alongside other stars including Joseph Kosuth, Fiona Banner, François Morellet and Keith Sonnier. It also coincided with Blackpool’s famous Illuminations LightPool project.

Emin is well known for her work with fabric, embroidery and installations – including ‘My Bed’ – part of the Turner Prize in 1999. She also has a reputation for her evocative and emotionally charged work in neon. ‘I Know I Know I Know’, is one of the earliest works in neon from the so-called “young British artist” generation.

Centre for contemporary visual art

The acquisition marks the first purchase made possible through a New Collecting Award from Art Fund. Additional support came from the John Ellerman Foundation.

Over the past decade the Grundy has established a reputation as one of the North’s leading centres for contemporary visual art. Various ambitious exhibitions explore the relationship between art and popular culture.

The light programme and collection will help the Grundy become a national centre for artists working in the medium.

Grundy Art Gallery is Blackpool’s art gallery. It offers a year round programme of contemporary and visual art exhibitions and events. There are solo and group exhibitions together with talks, workshops and educational activities.

Brothers John and Cuthbert Grundy founded The Grundy Art Gallery in 1908. Now displayed in a Grade II listed Carnegie building. It’s 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. This sentiment remains at the heart of today, as a leading contemporary art gallery in the North West.

Today it includes works by established artists such as Martin Creed, Tracey Emin and Laura Ford. Gilbert and George, Brian Griffiths, Augustus John, Haroon Mirza and Eric Ravilious. It also has works by regionally based emerging talent such as Joe Fletcher Orr and Louise Giovanelli.

The Grundy aims to inspire audiences through an ambitious and varied year-round exhibitions programme. It draws on the unique and invigorating context and heritage of Blackpool. For instance exploring the space between contemporary art, entertainment and popular culture.

The Grundy Collection

Exhibitions and displays frequently incorporate pieces from our collection. It began with a bequest by the founding brothers and contains an eclectic range of art and other items. From furniture to ceramics, to netsuke ornaments to Victorian oil paintings. Artists include Craigie Aitchison, Ruth Claxton and Martin Creed. Laura Ford, Augustus John, Eric Ravilious and Gilbert and George amongst others.

Grundy is part of Blackpool Council’s Arts Service. It develops and delivers arts projects which engage Blackpool’s residents, communities and visitors in the arts. The service supports the town’s arts community, placing the arts the core of Blackpool’s unique and important cultural environment.

The gallery is an Accredited Museum. It also receives funding from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation and from the John Ellerman Foundation.

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