14/07/2018 — 8/09/2018

Claire Griffiths

#RetiredPerformers: The Interval


#RetiredPerformers is a series of images and audio interviews being captured over 12 months by Blackpool-based photographer, Claire Griffiths.


Celebrating progress to date, The Interval is a snap-shot, mid-way through the project, of some of the stories she has gathered from the chauffeurs, dancers, performers and musicians who were active in Blackpool in, and prior to, the 1970’s.


14/07/2018 — 8/09/2018


A Celebration of Blackpool Tower Circus

Charlie Cairoli plays a prank, 1965.

Photograph by Barnet Saidman © Heritage Blackpool


A collaboration between Blackpool Museum Project and the Grundy Art Gallery, this exhibition draws on the internationally significant Blackpool Tower Circus collection, to explore the acts, the clowns and the audiences of this iconic circus.

14/07/2018 — 8/09/2018

Sir Peter Blake

Life as a Circus


Sir Peter Blake’s, Life as a Circus comprises two sculptures that were originally commissioned by Blackpool Council and presented as part of The Great Promenade Show. This summer they will be presented at the Grundy Art Gallery for the first time.


14/07/2018 — 8/09/2018

Peter Lavery

Circus Works: 1968-2018


For the past 50 years, award-winning photographer Peter Lavery has been photographing circus performers around Britain.

Selected from the hundreds of photographs that make up this complete series, this exhibition highlights connections and links to Blackpool’s circus history and includes previously unseen work specially chosen for the presentation at Grundy Art Gallery.


14/07/2018 — 8/09/2018

A Clown Walks Into A



A Clown Walks Into A Gallery… is a group exhibition that brings together five internationally recognised contemporary artists, whose works individually, and collectively, reference the act of performance, the role of disguise and the line between fiction and fact.


A Clown Walks Into A Gallery… features works by Janice Kerbel, Laura Lancaster, Philip Newcombe, Pilvi Takala and Ulla von Brandenburg.



Luke Stephenson | Helen Champion


Held in the collection of the Clowns’ Gallery-Museum and distributed across two sites in London and Somerset, is a group of over two hundred hand painted eggs. These eggs record the painted faces of members of Clowns International and act as a form of copyright register for Clowns.


In 2017, Luke Stephenson’s photographs of these eggs were published as The Clown Egg Register (Particular Books), alongside Helen Champion’s texts which give an insight into the lives of the clowns represented. Grundy Art Gallery is delighted to be presenting a selection of Luke’s photographs and Helen’s texts alongside examples of the 3D eggs that they feature.



Image: Charlie Cairoli: painted by Kate Stone ©. Photograph by Luke Stephenson ©.