Grundy Art Gallery
Grundy Art Gallery
The Grundy Art Gallery is a beautiful art venue situated in the centre of Blackpool. Its stunning architecture hosts an extensive programme of temporary exhibitions including historical, modern and contemporary art, featuring established and emerging artists, as well as displays from its permanent collection.
Blackpool Council commissioned the building of the Grundy Art Gallery in 1908 following a bequest of thirty-three artworks and a financial gift from brothers John and Cuthbert Grundy; the latter referred to at the time as: 'A leader of the artistic, literary and scientific life of the town'. The building, along with its adjoining neighbour the Central Public Library, was designed by architects Cullen, Lockhead and Brown and opened on 26th October 1911.
A purchase fund for new artworks was set up in 1912, and by the late 1930s the collection and general ambition had outgrown the original building. An extension of two extra galleries was built and opened in 1938. The collection now contains close to two thousand objects. These include Victorian oils and watercolours, modern British paintings, contemporary prints, jewellery and video, oriental ivories, ceramics, and photographs of historic Blackpool. Dame Laura Knight, Lucy Kemp-Welch, Eric Ravilious, Augustus John, Charles Spencelayh, Martin Creed, Craigie Aitchison and Gilbert and George are amongst the artists whose work is represented.
Exhibitions featuring works from the gallery's collection are organised throughout the year.
Mon - Sat 10.00-17.00
Open on Bank Holidays during exhibitions from May to September.
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History
- 31 October 2014 — 17 January 2015 *on now
Haunted House is an exhibition that brings together works from the Grundy’s historic collection alongside those by contemporary artists to imagine the gallery as a charged space in which the artworks suggest unseen presences.
The Grundy is a historic building, itself rumoured to be haunted, and this exhibition posits the works in its collection as being akin to ghosts, showing themselves before disappearing again, moved around by the unseen hand of the curator, and with a presence existing in perpetuity even whilst not on show.
The exhibition will bring together works by a selection of critically-acclaimed artists who have examined concerns relating to the supernatural in recent years.
Artists include: Olivier Castel, Martin Creed, Graham Gussin, Susan Hiller, David Hockney, Susan Phillipsz and Aura Satz.