25/04/2015 — 20/06/2015

Lisa Wigham

The Earth Murmurs While We Sleep

In this exhibition of new work Lisa Wigham explores what lies beneath the landscape – the deep flows and movements that occur below the earth’s crust. Following a recent residency undertaken at the Arquetopia Foundation in Puebla, Mexico, Wigham became fascinated by the looming presence of the neighbouring volcanoes Popocatepel and Ixtaccihuatl and the permanent sense of possible catastrophe that hung invisibly in the air of the neighbouring area. For the artist these volcanoes ‘whisper a smoky threat’.


With a history of mining in the region, the Meso-American Mexico people believed that to break into the earth was to enter a sacred space and to allay this, people asked for favour from nature on a daily basis. This tradition of asking the gods for help continues to manifest through ephemeral materials and totemic practices, and Wigham’s work develops a wistful correspondence with this enduring heritage.   

24/04/2015 — 13/06/2015

Modern History vol.1

Curated by Lynda Morris

Modern History vol. 1 is an exhibition that brings together the work of artists from the North West, guest curated by Lynda Morris.

Artists: David Alker, Pavel Büchler, Clara Casian, Alan Dunn, The Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books (Rob Carter, Dan Fogarty, Lauren Velvick), Mishka Henner, David Jacques, Tabitha Jussa, Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer, Joe Fletcher Orr, David Osbaldeston, Susan Walsh, Gary Wiggins and Jen Wu

Modern History Vol. I will spotlight the work of artists based in the North West, and looks at how their art displays a sense of history, either by reflecting on historical change, particularly since the 1960s, or by looking at the global historical moment we are in. Works and items on display will explore strands as diverse as cinema, global communications and surveillance, warfare, football matches and leisure, and histories of cultural production such as Sci-fi and countercultural publishing in Manchester in the 1960s and 70s.

This is the first of a series of three exhibitions of North West based artists taking place across the region in 2015. Initiated by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW), the exhibitions at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre and The Atkinson, Southport form a core part of a programme of professional development for artists based in the North West which aims to give increased exposure both inside and outside the region. The exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of artist / curator talks, tours and open studios.

It is curated by Lynda Morris, who founded and curated the highly regarded international open EASTinternational in Norwich from 1991 to 2009, and more recently the Picasso exhibition at Tate Liverpool in 2010.

Lynda Morris said: “I know from curating EASTinternational that the North West has some of the best artists working in Europe today. It is still possible to be an artist who is a moral force in modern history, if you make work about the life of the people in Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Birkenhead or Cumbria.”


There will be a FREE tour and talk about the exhibition by Grundy Curator, Richard Parry at 1pm on Wed 3 Jun. Booking not required, just drop in.

Artwork: David Osbaldeston

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.