10/Jul/2014 — 27/Sep/2014

Rotunda Exhibition

Simon Roberts: Pierdom

This exhibition forms part of an encyclopaedic national project by photographer Simon Roberts (b.1974, lives and works in Brighton, UK) whereby the artist has taken pictures of every pier in Britain. Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the construction of the first pier (Ryde pier, Isle of Wight), Roberts will be exhibiting the images at coastal galleries across the UK including Turner Contemporary, Margate; Towner Gallery, Eastbourne; Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Quay Arts on the Isle of Wight.


Depicting the particular quality of piers as simultaneously architectural, historic and social structures this exhibition also points to their romantic resonances as walkways into the endless expanse of the ocean. Exhibiting at different points across the British Isles, another aim of this extended exhibition of the work is to generate a national conversation, highlighting their place as cultural landmarks, tracing history and national identity from the Victorian period until now.




Wed 23rd July, 6-7pm
Curator’s tour
Join Grundy Curator Richard Parry for an insight into the Heather Phillipson and Simon Roberts exhibitions. Free, booking essential.


Wed 30th July, 4.30-6pm
Simon Roberts: Walking tour
Simon Roberts will give an exhibition talk in the gallery followed by a walking tour to Blackpool North Pier for a look back at the history of Blackpool’s famous piers by Blackpool Libraries Local & Family History Librarian, Tony Sharkey. Free but booking is essential.


To book a place on any of the events and activities please contact us on grundyartgallery@blackpool.gov.uk or 01253 478170.