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
- 16 November 2013 — 18 January 2014 *on now
Collections Show is the result of an open call to residents of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre to display their collections of things. The exhibition takes its inspiration from two points: Martin Creed’s Work No 231 (2000); a neon sign that flashes the word ‘THINGS’ above the Grundy's doorway, as well as the Grundy House Museum, the former museum that was also the home of the gallery's co-founder Cuthbert Grundy.
Exploring the idea of the collector, as well as the line between what is public and private, this exhibition presents the collections of objects, artefacts and curios that individuals and groups gather and present within their sitting rooms, meeting houses and garages up and down the Fylde Coast.
The Grundy will be turned into a giant cabinet of curiosities, unlatching and displaying people’s personal fascinations, obsessions, interests and inheritances. Exhibits will range from an eccentric array of lighters, to a suite of Andy Capp paintings, through to quilts, badges, Jelly Babies memorabilia, 'God's hankerchief' and possibly the head of Tutankhamen…
- Family friendly