Throughout May, Grundy Art Gallery is offering three workshops specifically aimed at men (or those who identify as male. Aged 30+) with Blackpool based LGBTQ artist, Garth Gratrix.


The workshops are an opportunity to come together as a unique group and explore the work of Rob Crosse currently on display at the Grundy and make work, collect stories and document the lives of particular communities in Blackpool.


There is no expectation to consider yourself  as an artist, it is more about working together creatively, celebrating community and being playful and curious as a group.


You will collaborate with Gratrix to develop a project for inclusion at Blackpool Pride Festival. You will also be invited as a group to talks and discussions programmed through Grundy Art Gallery whose current exhibition programme focuses on Blackpool's LGBTQ community and the wider importance of 2017; 50 years since the decriminalisation of same-sex sexual activity in the UK.


The idea is to share our experiences, have some tea (maybe even cake), and see how our particular stories come to life in new ways.


If you’re interested in joining this new group then please contact Taneesha Ahmed at the Grundy Taneesha.ahmed@blackpool.gov.uk or on 01253 478170 to save a place on the workshops.


Workshops will run once a week for three weeks in May and last no longer than two hours each. Dates of the workshop are: 11th, 18th and 25th of May.


Ideally, you will need to attend the first session and be available for all of them to participate in the programme. The first workshop will be a meal and introduction on the 11th of May at Grundy Art Gallery.


There will be a symposium around the work of Rob Crosse on 26-27 April 2017. All groups will be invited to attend and take part.



A bit about Garth Gratrix:


Garth Gratrix is Blackpool born and bred and has spent the last six years helping build opportunities for artists to make work and live in the town. As an artist Gratrix works with LGBTQ history and symbolism.


"I am excited about seeing who comes forward to take part in the workshops; it’s a great chance to meet new people and share stories as gay men and explore our identities in different and maybe unexpected ways"


Garth Gratrix, April. 2017


Photo Credit: Rob Crosse, Prime Time (2017). Image courtesy of FVU and Grundy Art Gallery























We are looking for highly motivated individuals, with an interest in contemporary art, to assist in the delivery of our ambitious programme of exhibitions and events. We couldn’t achieve as much as we do without the hard work and enthusiasm from our team of Grundy volunteers.

Alongside the Grundy staff you will play an active role in the programme of exhibitions, related events and talks. This is an opportunity to find out more about the reality of contemporary art production and presentation, working in an art organisation and engaging people with art.

If you are interested in becoming one of our volunteers please email your expression of interest with a covering letter and recent curriculum vitae attached to grundyartgallery@blackpool.gov.uk

We will invite to interview, applicants who have demonstrated:
•A developing knowledge of contemporary visual arts practice
•An interest in Grundy’s highly ambitious programme
•Good organisational, practical, literacy and numeracy skills
•A willingness to participate in wide range of administrative and practical tasks

Interviews are an informal one to one conversation with a member of the team. If successful you will be invited to join the team of Grundy volunteers.
Throughout your time with us there will be opportunities to discuss your own professional development and gain specific experience in the area of your choice.

Unfortunately, volunteering opportunities are not open to those under 18.