Blackpool Grundy Programme Launched

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The 2018 Blackpool Grundy Programme has been launched for January to March 2018.

We encourage you to visit one of Blackpool’s other Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations The Grundy Art Gallery which will have five exhibitions across all five galleries.

The Grand Art Gallery like Blackpool’s Grand Theatre is also a member of the new #CultuteBlackpool Campaign along with partners VisitBlackpool, Left Coast, Blackpool Council, and the Winter Gardens.

Demonstrating the wealth and breadth of creative activity happening on the Fylde Coast, Grundy’s 2018 Open exhibition returns with over 100 artworks by artists of all ages, living and working on the Fylde Coast which were submitted through this years open call.

With no selection process and installed in the gallery in the date order in which the applications were received, the display has been guided by an open and light-touch, mirroring the aims of the Open.


Blackpool Schools Exhibition

Illustrating the Grundy’s ongoing commitment to encouraging and celebrating early-year’s creativity, our 2018 Blackpool Schools Exhibition returns with a display of over 200 artworks produced by schoolchildren who visited the Grundy to see our previous exhibition Paper, Canvas, Neon (2017).

Inspired by the paintings and drawings in the gallery’s collection, from Pablo Picasso to Eric Ravilious, pupils were given an opportunity to work with Blackpool based artist Tina Dempsey to create new works for exhibition.

This year’s participating schools are: St John Vianney’s Catholic Primary School; Highfurlong School; Shakespeare Primary School; Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School; St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy and Moor Park Primary School


Film Club

During February and March, Grundy, in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, will present a programme of artists’ film and video.

The programme of films will see six successive one week presentations of artist films by artists Rachel Maclean, Lawrence Lek, Corin Sworn and Tony Romano, Neil Beloufa, Mathieu K. Abonnenc and films taken from the ICA’s 2016 Artist’s Film Biennial.

This intensive exploration of artist’s film will be complemented by a programme of Saturday afternoon talks led by artist Chris Paul Daniels.

Film Club is delivered in partnership with the ICA through its Art & Screen Network; a national network of partners, committed to showing an innovative programme of artists’ moving image, with support from Arts Council England.


Portfolio 1: Prints from the Grundy Collection

Portfolio 1: Prints from the Grundy Collection presents a selection of print based works that were all produced during the 1970’s and 80’s.

This selection throws light on some of the technical and content based considerations of artists working in this period as well as providing an insight into some of the Grundy’s acquisition interests during this time.

This exhibition features prints by: Julian Trevelyan, Andrew Holmes, Rib Bloomfield, Anne Golding, Derrick Greaves, Anthony Benjamin, Quentin King, Tully Crook, Leon Piesowoski and Pete Flowers.

The Blackpool Grundy Programme will also include;

Adrian Pritchard: Terraforma

Brought together for the first time as a single body of work, Terraforma is a solo exhibition by Blackpool-based artist Adrian Pritchard that explores the artist’s ongoing interest in physics, space exploration and the fluidity and flexibility of paint as a medium.

The exhibition is presented in the Grundy’s Rotunda gallery, where the freshly exposed domed ceiling adds a thematically relevant, observatory-like atmosphere to the space.

Please note: Adrian Pritchard’s Terraforma is on display in the Grundy’s Rotunda Gallery space, located on the first floor and only accessible by stairs. Grundy apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Main Image: Adrian Pritchard Terror Inferno (detail), 2017. Courtesy the artist.


Blackpool Grundy Programme will also see the return of


Blackpool Grundy Programme


Direct from its recent resent presentation at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-On-Sea, as part of Emma Hart and Jonathon Baldock’s ambitious touring exhibition, ‘Love Life’, we are pleased to welcome back ‘Under the Thumb’ (2017) to the gallery.

This work, fabricated by the Blackpool Illuminations team was commissioned by Grundy and comes back to us now on long-term loan from the artists.

Temporarily exhibited in the Grundy’s entrance space, the piece will take its place alongside two other light based works – Martin Creed’s Work 231: Things (2000) and Noel Clueit’s Um (2016) – which form part of our permanent collection.

Along with the Grundy’s recent acquisition of neon works by internationally recognised artists Tracey Emin and Joseph Kosuth, this re-presentation of Under the Thumb demonstrates the Grundy’s on-going commitment to building and exhibiting a world-class collection of light-based art works.

Image: Emma Hart and Jonathan Baldock Under the Thumb, 2017. Courtesy the artists.
Photo: Jonathan Lynch.


Visit the Blackpool Grundy Programme at;

Grundy Art Gallery
Queen Street

Opening hours: 10-5pm Tues-Sat. Closed Sundays and Mondays (Please note: last admission to the gallery is 4:40pm).


Tel: +44 (0)1253 478170
Facebook: /grundyartgallery
Twitter: @GrundyBlackpool

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