28/09/2018 — 15/12/2018

Grayson Perry

The Vanity of Small Differences

Grayson Perry, Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close, 2012.

©The Artist. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation, with additional support from AlixPartners.


After four years touring the world, Blackpool,now gets its opportunity to host this exciting Arts Council Collection touring exhibition, and as the last venue of an extensive tour, don’t miss this final opportunity to see it in its current form.

This series of six large-scale tapestries by Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry sees the artist exploring his fascination with taste and the visual story it tells of our interior lives. Inspired by William Hogarth's moral tale, A Rake's Progress (1732–35) the tapestries are composed of characters, incidents and objects Perry encountered while gathering inspiration for the television series, ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’ which first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012. Elevating the common place dramas of everyday life, Perry weaves the characters that he meets into a narrative every bit as acute as that in Hogarth's 18th century paintings.

 

 

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and British Council. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, with support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from Alix Partners.

 

28/09/2018 — 15/12/2018

Chris Paul Daniels

Northern Lights

Chris Paul Daniels 'Northern Lights' (2018). Still

© the artist. Co-Commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery and ICA as part of the Art and Screen network. Originated from a residency at Lightworks - the Blackpool Illuminations Depot with Light Up the North Network.

 

With original music by Graham Massey, Northern Lights is a new work by Manchester based artist and film-maker, Chris Paul Daniels. Co-commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery and ICA Art and Screen Network, the film was shot on location at Lightworks, the Blackpool Illuminations Depot and makes its UK gallery debut at Grundy Art Gallery after recent screenings at Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and MAXXI in Rome.


Northern Lights sees ‘visitor from another place’ interrogate the traditions and artefacts of the Blackpool Illuminations, the annual light festival first established in 1879.


TALK: Chris Paul Daniels will be giving an Artist’s Talk and Q&A on Saturday 27 October from 2 – 4pm. He will be joined by musician, Graham Massey. The event is free but booking is essential; to book call (01253) 478170.

 

 

Chris Paul Daniels Northern Lights, 2018 (still) © the artist. Co-Commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery and ICA as part of the Art and Screen network. Originated from a residency at Lightworks - the Blackpool Illuminations Depot with Light Up the North Network.

28/09/2018 — 15/12/2018

Better and More Than Ever

Before

Blackpool Illuminations Exhibition

Blackpool Illuminations poster c.1930.

© Blackpool Council, Heritage Service.


Taking its title from a 1929 Blackpool Illuminations marketing poster, this exhibition brings together a selection of objects, images and posters that celebrate the rich history and enduring appeal of the Blackpool Illuminations.


TALK: Tony Sharkey will be giving a talk on the History of the Blackpool Illuminations on Saturday 6 October from 2 – 4pm. The event is free but booking is essential; to book call (01253) 478170.