6/Mar/2015 — 11/Apr/2015


A Century of Works Purchased with the Contemporary

Art Society

Artists include:

Craigie Aitchison, Ruth Claxton, Peter Blake, Gilbert and George, Brian Griffiths, Francis Hoyland, Helen Marten, Haroon Mirza, Heather Phillipson, Pablo Picasso, Eric Ravilious, Julian Trevelyan

What is the history of the 'contemporary' in Blackpool, and at the Grundy?


This exhibition assembles for the first time all the works purchased for the Grundy collection with the Contemporary Art Society (CAS). CAS was founded in 1912, whilst the Grundy opened in 1911 and there are records of the two organisations working together that span the twentieth century and continue to the present day.


'Things' will be an opportunity for visitors to see some of its best loved works, that have been acquired over years including works by Picasso, Julian Trevelyan, Craigie Aitcheson and Gilbert and George. The exhibition also offers a portrait study of how 'the contemporary' at the Grundy has changed and developed over the course of the Twentieth Century.


Also brought together for the first time will be all of the works recently purchased jointly with four other galleries in the North West; the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Manchester Art Gallery, The Walker Art Gallery and the Victoria Gallery. Artists Brian Griffiths, Haroon Mirza and Helen Marten will all be on display, alongside recent purchases of Heather Phillipson.


Admission to the exhibition is FREE.