Grundy is pleased to be hosting WorkTownGhostTown from 8 - 25 May 2020.
WorkTownGhostTown is influenced by the The Mass-Observation study of Bolton and Blackpool (1937-40), known as the Worktown Project, in which Blackpool is heavily profiled as a site of mass tourism and pilgrimage for working people.
Throughout this period of lock down four locally based photographers - Dawn Mander, Kate Yates, Claire Walmsley Griffiths and Henry Iddon - have continued to work, where and when possible, to document Blackpool, this site of mass tourism and pilgrimage at a time of social distancing and travel restrictions.
WorkTownGhostTown is a digital archiving project and will be available to view through the gallery's social media channels.
At the close of this initial phase of WorkTownGhostTown, the photographs will be collated, and Grundy's curatorial staff will liaise with the artists to develop an exhibition which will be presented in the gallery's Rotunda space during summer 2021.
8/05/2020 — 31/08/2020
Postcards from Home
To help you keep in touch with loved ones during this period of isolation, Grundy Art Gallery has commissioned artist Amber Akaunu to produce an updated version of the postcard. The digital postcards created by the artist have been designed to be sent through email or smartphones, rather than through the post.
Postcards are an enduring part of Blackpool’s heritage, the seaside town is famously well-known as a tourist destination and holiday resort. As thousands of visitors would visit Blackpool for their summer holidays they would send postcards home to family and friends with slogans such as, ‘wish you were here’. Sending a postcard was a way of keeping in touch using a simple message accompanied by an image of a famous holiday destination or a picturesque landscape scene.
Our digital postcard scenes have been updated with images of areas around the home; the traditional beach scene has been replaced with a back garden, in place of the Blackpool Tower we have a welcoming living room scene.
As we are currently unable to welcome visitors into our home, we can still share the sentiment that we wish they were here.
You can find out more about Amber's practice and view the p0stcards here: https://www.amberakaunu.com/illustration