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.
Special Lightpool (Sept-November 2015) opening hours:
Tues-Thurs: 10.00 -17.00
Fri - Sat: 10.00 - 19.00
Usual opening hours:
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
- 11 September — 22 November 2015 *on now
Starting this year the Grundy Art Gallery begins a major new programme of exhibitions and commissions incorporating the broad theme of light, which will occur annually to coincide with Blackpool’s Illuminations, which takes place in the town every autumn.
For 2015, the gallery presents ‘Sensory Systems’, a substantial new exhibition bringing together works by internationally acclaimed artists interested in the technology and science of light and how this can be deployed and shaped to affect our perceptual experience of space.
Whether through sculpture, projection or immersive architecture each artwork in ‘Sensory Systems’ invites a dialogue or interaction with the viewer, utilising colour, pattern, movement and other techniques to evoke a variety of spatial and sensory experiences.
- Any age
Drawing in the Dark
- 29 October 2015 6-8pm
For 2015, the gallery presents ‘Sensory Systems’, a substantial new exhibition bringing together works by internationally acclaimed artists interested in the technology and science of light.
Join artist Sean Payne as he leads this fun and informal drawing and mark-making session exploring the current exhibition. Sean is a blackpool based contemporary artist and writer, with a particular interest in exploring and interpreting exhibitions through unusual approaches. Expect the unexpected - especially as halloween draws near!
Free to attend.
Booking essential via eventbrite or calling 01253 478170
Dizygotic Luminari's: Unearthing the Lite Pool Dadaists
- 31 October 2015 6-8pm
"Discovering notes, drawings and designs for an his and her conjoined illuminating tuxedo/lab jacket, Lucien & Lucy Bright pick up the Dadaist mantle passed down to them by their namesake parents…"
Five bells ping in neon as the five chambers at the Grundy Art Centre shines forth with illuminating propositions for Lucien & Lucy Bright, your art guides for one night only, they will take you on an insightful yet quasi-Dadaist illuminating art-tour of Sensory Systems; highlighting the thematic concerns and connections of the show and re-wiring it into Blackpool’s rich illumination history.
This is the ninth artour (sic) project devised by critically acclaimed Manchester based art-curator Mike Chavez-Dawson and sees him collaborate with his wife Jane Chavez-Dawson, fashion & costume designer Tracey Cliffe and a host of actors.
- Any age
Grundy Art Gallery