The Grundy begins 2017 with the Blackpool Art Fayre, in which the gallery plays the role of civic host, lifting the lid on artistic activity happening in the town and along the Fylde Coast. The exhibition will include displays from a number of arts organisations in the town including the recently formed Abingdon Studios and also the Blackpool Art Society, which dates back more than 125 years. Joining these displays will be an open exhibition for residents of the Fylde Coast and a room dedicated to schools, in which pupils have been set the challenge of creating new designs and drawings inspired from illustrations for 1930s designs of neon from the Illuminations archive.
The open call is available to Fylde residents with an FY postcode. Residents at the edge of the Fylde boundary with PR3 or PR4 postcode may also be eligible and are encouraged to contact the gallery to check. There is a nominal £5 entry fee for administration and a submission limit of only one artwork per artist as we want to include as many people as possible. Prospective participants must contact the gallery for an entry form and register their interest at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. Space in the gallery is limited so later applications cannot be guaranteed.
Entry forms can be obtained in person at the gallery or by emailing email@example.com which includes the full terms and conditions.
The opening for the exhibition will be at 2.30pm on Saturday 28 January 2017.
28/01/2017 — 18/03/2017
New and recent acquisitions
for the Grundy Collection
Ben Cain, Ruth Claxton, Noel Clueit, Tracey Emin, Marcia Farquhar, Dean Kenning, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Joe Fletcher Orr, Heather Phillipson, Maeve Rendle, Yinka Shonibare MBE, John Smith, Eva Stenram, Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan, Ian Whittlesea
To begin 2017 the Grundy is bringing together recent acquisitions it has been able to make through the support of partners and funders including the Art Fund, the Contemporary Art Society and the John Ellerman Foundation.
A collection is not a static thing, but an unfolding and accumulating narrative with both favourite early sections and the constant potential for new chapters and stories to emerge. These works reflect the contemporary programme at the gallery, and focus on the key collecting themes of contemporary art exploring popular culture and its new collecting area of light-based artwork.
Image: Tracey Emin, I Know I Know I Know, 2002, Grundy Art Gallery Collection. Courtesy the artist and DACS