28/06/2014 — 11/10/2014

Heather Phillipson

Yes, surprising is existence in the post-vegetal

cosmorama 

Installation view at Grundy Art Gallery

Courtesy the artist; photo: Jonathan Lynch

For the summer of 2014 Grundy Art Gallery will host the acclaimed exhibition by Heather Phillipson (born London 1978) Yes, surprising is existence in the post-vegetal cosmorama –.

Commissioned and originally produced by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead where it was presented in 2013, the exhibition is one of the most technically challenging exhibitions yet staged at the Grundy.

Yes surprising is existence in the post-vegetal cosmorama- invites visitors to clamber inside a series of multi-layered interiors and colour-saturated environments whereby the everyday meets the fantastical. Viewers will encounter films and sculptures that draw on Phillipson’s grasp of the vernacular of both language and objects, as both a visual artist and a published poet.

The Grundy will be transformed into a giant human body of sorts, whereby visitors will happen upon vehicles, vessels, giant bananas and other sculptural and video assemblages evoking sensual experiences and bodily cavities.

For Cardiovascular Vernacular (as in ‘it’s time for my regular cardiovascular vernacular’), 2013, viewers watch the video ha!ah! 2013, from aboard a speedboat surrounded by bottled water. Similarly for the work A Is to D What E Is to H, 2011-13 visitors take in a video work about food, the mouth and French kissing, from inside a Peugeot 406, an experience described by Adrian Searle as like ‘a virtual-reality drive-through car wash’.

PUBLIC PROGRAMME

Sat 28th June, 10.30-12
See&Do workshop for 6-12 years in partnership with Blackpool Libraries. Join artist Kevin Hunt in making curious wearable sculptures. Workshops are £3, booking is essential.

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.

Sat 26th July, 10.30-12
See&Do workshop for 6-12 years in partnership with Blackpool Libraries. Artist Garth Gratrix leads the group in drawing live animals from Zoolab. Workshops are £3, booking is essential.

Mon 28th July (open until 7pm)
Grundy late opening to coincide with Supercollider’s hosting of The Grubby Mitts Politics of Friendship tour. Grubby Mitts are a 5-piece band fronted by artist Andy Holden. Catholic Club, doors at 7pm. Tickets from The Grubby Mitts

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.

Tues 5th Aug, 1-2.30pm
Workshop for families with children aged 3+
Families will be painting, drawing and printing funny words with artist, Lisa Wigham. Free workshop, booking is essential.

Tues 12th Aug, 1-2.30pm
Workshop for families with children aged 3+
Families will be making and creating a board game inspired journey with artist, Sean Payne. Free workshop but booking is essential.

Sat 30th Aug, 10.30-12
See&Do workshop for 6-12 years in partnership with Blackpool Libraries. Wooden Spoon Theatre will be exploring the idea of the mouth for eating, singing and talking to create a mini theatre. Workshops are £3, booking is essential.

Sat 30th Aug, 1-3pm
Words in Motion workshop for 11+
Delivered by SEE Organisation this workshop explores non-verbal language through physical theatre, movement, facial expressions and props. Workshop is free but booking is essential.

Every Saturday, 1pm
Free spotlight tours of the exhibition delivered by Grundy’s volunteers. Tours begin in foyer.

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

10/07/2014 — 27/09/2014

Rotunda Exhibition

Simon Roberts: Pierdom

Blackpool South Pier, 2008

Courtesy Simon Roberts and Flowers Gallery, London

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.

PUBLIC PROGRAMME

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.