PAST EXHIBS & EVENTS

13/02/2016 — 22/04/2016
Beyond the Frame Part 1
Collection display

Throughout 2016 Grundy Art Gallery is undertaking a year of activity exploring its permanent collection. During the course of the year the Gallery is working with contemporary artists to create new work in response to the collection; upgrading the gallery’s environmental controls and making repairs to the store; developing the collection through new acquisitions; and working with young people to interpret items from the collection in new ways.

Beyond the Frame includes a special collection display, presenting the ways in which we care for and preserve the Gallery’s permanent collection, alongside a presentation of work by young people from Blackpool who have taken paintings from the Grundy collection as starting points for new storytelling and portraiture.

13/02/2016 — 22/04/2016
Beyond the Frame Part 2
Schools Exhibition 

Beyond the Frame is a two-part exhibition involving the Grundy's collection, and forms part of a year of exhibitions exploring our collections.
Whilst Part One tells a brief history of the collection and how we care for it, Part Two displays paintings and drawings made by pupils at six schools from the Fylde Coast, each developed from seeing 6 works in the Grundy collection. The schoolchildren were invited to create a story around the images they saw and then create new images from those stories, and responding to the original. The images were then scanned and these have been re-printed and arranged around the room to form a complete installation involving the original paintings.

The schools involved are Boundary Primary, Blackpool Sixth Form College, Devonshire Road Primary, Park and St John Vianney Primary and over 130 students have taken part throughout the process, contributing artwork, stories and poems which they have developed in response to the paintings exhibited alongside them.

Five lucky individuals have been selected to have their work enlarged and ten published in a set of postcards which you can purchase in the gallery shop with the proceeds raising money towards the preservation and conservation of collection artworks.

14/03/2016 — 28/05/2016
Noel Clueit
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For this substantial new commission, Manchester-based artist Noel Clueit has chosen to reframe and re-purpose sections of the gallery's architecture and functional apparatus to new ends, creating a sculptural incision between the ground and first floors of the Grundy.

14/05/2016 — 13/08/2016
Mark Leckey
This Kolossal Kat, that
Massive MOG

This new exhibition brings together works that involve the artist's long-standing interest in Felix the Cat, the first known broadcast image. Central to the show will be FEELINTHECAT, a major new work commissioned by the Arts Council Collection to mark its 70th anniversary this year.

The exhibition will see a profusion of images of the iconic cartoon cat. In addition to the new commission it will feature a host of works including Inflatable Felix (2013) a giant blow-up version, and earlier works such as Flix (2008), a 16mm film of the cat's tail.

Alongside the main exhibition visitors will also be able to see Leckey’s seminal film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999), which has been described as ‘perhaps the finest portrayal of British nightlife ever captured’, and here nods to Blackpool’s part in the Northern Soul music scene, which was especially active in North West in the 1960s and 70s.

Mark Leckey (b. Birkenhead, Wirral 1964) has exhibited extensively at numerous venues internationally. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2008 for his work Industrial Light and Magic.

A further new commission of his work will be shown at the Liverpool Biennial 2016, and he will undertake a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art MoMA PS1 in New York later in the year.

 

Image: Mark Leckey, Inflatable Felix, 2014, installation view MADRE, Naples

14/05/2016 — 18/06/2016
Louise Giovanelli
From Here to Here: Part One

Louise Giovanelli: From Here to Here, is an exhibition in two parts. Part One (14 May - 18 June) will display a selection of paintings taken from the Grundy's permanent collection. For Part Two (2 July - 13 Aug) the artist will exhibit new version of these, re-framing and re-casting details from within the portraits into a parallel history of the artist's making, rehanging the space in a ghostly echo of the originals.

This exhibition forms part of our 2016 year of programming around the Grundy's permanent collection as well as our commitment to supporting the work of young and emerging artists, in particular those from the North West.

Louise Giovanelli (b. London 1993, lives and works in Manchester) completed her BA in painting at Manchester School of Art in 2015. She has exhibited in group exhibitions in Manchester, Los Angeles and Pforzheim, Germany and will have a further solo exhibition at the International 3 Gallery in Salford in July.

25/05/2016 — 25/05/2016
Film Club
Rosa Barba



Film Club

From May-July the Grundy will be hosting regular monthly screenings of films made by leading artists. The Grundy has teamed up with the ICA in London as part of a national network to introduce audiences to artists’ film. Each screening will start at 5.30pm with an introduction by artist Chris Paul Daniels, and will be followed by a discussion, questions and refreshments. programme is free but booking is essential. Participants must be aged 18+.


Rosa Barba

Subconscious Society (2014) is about the end of the industrial era and transition to the digital age, in which computer code and the clone or copy are in the process of replacing material objects and analogue technology. In the film, this paradigm shift is represented in the form of a social community, whose protagonists make a final attempt at assigning and archiving objects from the past. It is set in a transitional realm where the past exists only as a reference to itself and the details of the present are not fully decipherable yet.


Booking: Eventbrite (click Link) 




Caption: Subconscious Society, 2014, 35mm transferred to HD video, colour, sound, 40 min

 

22/06/2016 — 22/06/2016
Film Club
Ursula Mayer

Film Club

From May-July the Grundy will be hosting regular monthly screenings of films made by leading artists. The Grundy has teamed up with the ICA in London as part of a national network to introduce audiences to artists’ film. Each screening will start at 5.30pm with an introduction by artist Chris Paul Daniels, and will be followed by a discussion, questions and refreshments. programme is free but booking is essential. Participants must be aged 18+.
Ursula Mayer

London-based artist filmmaker and 2014 Jarman Award winner Ursula Mayer's recent films Medea (2013) and Gonda (2012) feature in this screening, alongside Cinesexual (2013). Mayer uses film, performance, and photography to create cinematic works that are rich in historical resonance. She employs text and images from film, philosophy, politics, and culture while creating complex and autonomous statements, or even speculations, on the contemporary human condition.
London-based filmmaker and 2014 Jarman Award winner Ursula Mayer’s recent films Medea (2013) and Gonda (2012) feature in this screening alongside other short works.

Ursula Mayer, Gonda, 2012, 16mm transferred to HD video, colour, sound, 30 min
Ursula Mayer, Cinesexual, 2013, 16mm double screen projection transferred to HD video, colour, sound,
Ursula Mayer, Medea, 2013, 35mm transferred to HD, colour, sound, 12 min

23/06/2016 — 25/06/2016
Kihlberg & Henry 
This Building, This Breath

This Building, This Breath continues Kihlberg & Henry’s exploration of the disembodied voice in moving image and performance. For this piece, a voiceover is delivered live alongside a 15 minute video, activated whenever somebody enters the room. Here the duo explores cultural understandings of breathing as a device to play with the relationships between language, image, architecture and audience.

In the script, Kihlberg & Henry make use of a varied series of references of breathing, from biological meanings and principles in martial arts and yoga to deviations of the term such as those used in breathing materials and lens breathing. The voiced content coincides with the choreography of projected images as if images were falling from the speakers’ mouth, and retracting with his inhalations, combining eclectic and associative found footage. Adopting mechanisms familiar to the spheres of hypnosis or meditation in the structure and delivery of the script, this Building, This Breath drives towards an abstract proposition that the room itself is breathing.

This Building, This Breath was commissioned by fig-2, supported by the Art Fund, Outset, and Arts Council England.

 

Image Credit: Kihlberg & Henry, This Building, This Breath, 2015

Courtesy of the artists.







2/07/2016 — 13/08/2016
Jenny Steele
An Architecture of Joy

An Architecture of Joy, an exhibition of new work by artist Jenny Steele, considers the legacy of inter-War ‘Seaside Moderne’ architecture, such as the Midland Hotel in Morecambe and Pleasure Beach Casino in Blackpool, built during the 1930s leisure boom in Britain. Turning the Grundy’s Rotunda Gallery into a stage-set of sorts, incorporating abstracted and repeated motifs drawn from the period, the artist revives the utopian optimism and restorative properties of seaside leisure.


During 2015, Jenny Steele researched into existing examples of Seaside Moderne architecture in the North West of England and Scotland by site visits, researching related documents and drawings in the RIBA and V&A archives, and conversations with local historians and inhabitants.

Image: Jenny Steele, 2016, Courtesy of the artist

2/07/2016 — 13/08/2016
Louise Giovanelli
From Here to Here: Part Two

Louise Giovanelli: From Here to Here, is an exhibition in two parts. Whilst Part One (14 May - 18 June) displays paintings selected by the artist from the Grundy's permanent collection, Part Two (2 July - 13 Aug) exhibits new version of these, reworked by the artist. Giovanelli draws on techniques and motifs of Old Master paintings to re-frame and re-cast details from within the portraits into a parallel history of the artist's making, rehanging the space in a ghostly echo of the originals.

This exhibition forms part of our 2016 year of programming around the Grundy's permanent collection as well as our commitment to supporting the work of young and emerging artists, in particular those from the North West.

Louise Giovanelli (b. London 1993, lives and works in Manchester) completed her BA in painting at Manchester School of Art in 2015. She has exhibited in group exhibitions in Manchester, Los Angeles and Pforzheim, Germany and will have a further solo exhibition at the International 3 Gallery in Salford . Prima Donna at International 3 will open from the 29th June to the 5th August. 

 

 

 

Image: Louise Giovanelli, 'The Beard', 2016, courtesy the artist

 
20/07/2016 — 20/07/2016
Film Club: Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell
Falls Burns Malone Fiddles, 2004 16mm film transferred to SD video, B&W / colour, sound, 33 min
Please note that all films are 18+ unless otherwise stated.
Turner Prize-winner Duncan Campbell's early work Falls Burns Malone Fiddles (2004) is the subject of this screening. Campbell takes the Belfast Community Photographic Archives as his main source for documentary-like work which explores the gaps between fact and fiction.

3/08/2016 — 13/08/2016
Jenny Steele
The Legacy of Seaside Moderne

 

Event: 3 August. 5.30 - 7.30pm. 'The Legacy of Seaside Moderne' - Jenny Steele invites Fred Gray, Emeritus Professor and author of 'Designing the Seaside', Blackpool and Fylde Historian, Ted Lightbown, and Architectural Photographer Stephen Marland, to share their research related to Seaside Moderne architecture. Steele will also present research and artwork from her project, 'Looking Back|Moving Forwards'.

 

Presentations will be followed by a conversation and Q+A. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

 

 

An Architecture of Joy, an exhibition of new work by artist Jenny Steele, considers the legacy of inter-War ‘Seaside Moderne’ architecture, such as the Midland Hotel in Morecambe and Pleasure Beach Casino in Blackpool, built during the 1930s leisure boom in Britain. Turning the Grundy’s Rotunda Gallery into a stage-set of sorts, incorporating abstracted and repeated motifs drawn from the period, the artist revives the utopian optimism and restorative properties of seaside leisure.


During 2015, Jenny Steele researched into existing examples of Seaside Moderne architecture in the North West of England and Scotland by site visits, researching related documents and drawings in the RIBA and V&A archives, and conversations with local historians and inhabitants.

 

Image: Jenny Steele, 2016, Courtesy of the artist

1/09/2016 — 7/01/2017
NEON:
The Charged Line

Artists:

Fiona Banner, David Batchelor, Noel Clueit, Martin Creed, Jeremiah Day, Shezad Dawood, Tracey Emin, Tim Etchells, Cerith Wyn Evans, Graham Fagen, Ron Haselden, Robert Irwin, Joseph Kosuth, Brigitte Kowanz, Bertrand Lavier, François Morellet, Paulina Olowska, Joe Fletcher Orr, Eddie Peake, Mai-Thu Perret, Prem Sahib, Keith Sonnier, Evren Tekinoktay, Gavin Turk, Mary Weatherford.

 

NEON: The Charged Line will be a major new survey exhibition exploring how artists have worked with neon, from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition will encompass a wide range of ways in which artists have experimented with light designed to be seen rather than illuminate; whether through text and language, the drawn line or an investigation into its physical and sculptural qualities.

Coinciding with the famous 'Illuminations', we will also be displaying rarely seen 1930s designs highlighting Blackpool's pioneering role in the history of neon in the UK.



Image: Joseph Kosuth ‘Neon’ (1965), courtesy of the Artist, La Maison Rouge, Paris and Sprüth Magers Gallery London / Photograph by Marc Domage

 

 

1/09/2016 — 7/01/2017
Illuminations Archive Exhibition

Running concurrently with NEON: The Charged Line, the Grundy is exhibiting images of original designs for 1930s neon Illuminations, taken from Blackpool’s unique and historic archive of working drawings, which extends across the Twentieth Century. These early designs will be shown in a parallel display in the gallery’s upstairs rotunda gallery.

 

'The Charged Line' refers not only to the scientific properties of the neon but also its cultural history, tracing a lineage closely associated with Blackpool.

Achieved by passing an electrical current through different noble gasses, the phosphorescence of neon was first discovered in 1898, with the process subsequently patented by Georges Claude in 1915. In Britain, Blackpool was one of the first places to show neon in the early 1930s, after it became widely used first in Paris, then in Los Angeles and New York, with the ‘Claudgen’ company designing a series of neons as part of its annual ‘Illuminations’ held in the town.

28/10/2016 — 2/11/2016
LightPool Festival 2016

LightPool Festival fills the streets of Blackpool with over 30 artworks and commissions to be found in locations around the town centre and promenade, together with live performances and events. Visitors will find installations by emerging artists from the North West including Liz West alongside those of internationally renowned artists such as Mark Titchner and Yoko Ono.