27/02/2017 — 27/02/2017
FILM CLUB: BASIM MAGDY
From February- March the Grundy will be hosting regular fortnightly screenings of films made by leading artists. The Grundy has teamed up with the ICA in London as part of a national network to introduce audiences to artists’ film. Each screening will start at 5.30pm with an introduction by artist Chris Paul Daniels, and will be followed by a discussion, questions and refreshments. The Film Club programme is free but booking is essential. Participants must be aged 18+.
Basim Magdy is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker living in Basel and Cairo. His varied artistic practice encompasses film, photography, installation, slide projection and works of paper. Magdy’s work reflects upon how we deal with the present social and economic climate in a pragmatic and humanistic way, mixing sumptuous 16mm film imagery with ambient and melancholic soundscapes. Magdy provides an innovative narration of his own personal experiences and frank observations while evaluating the political histories of his nation.
1/04/2017 — 3/06/2017
Prime Time is the title of both a new film commission and the first major solo exhibition in a public gallery by the artist Rob Crosse. Through his films and photographs, Crosse studies the collective and private behaviour within organised social groups made up predominantly of men. Focusing his attention towards amateur societies, such as a slot car racing club or a railway signalling group, Crosse spends long periods of time with the participants who become the eventual subjects of his work. Through this research and personal involvement, his work becomes a platform from which to construct intimate and reflective portraits while unearthing unexpected moments of exchange between his subjects.
Crosse’s latest film Prime Time (2017) will be shown for the first time in the exhibition and has been commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella (FVU) with Grundy Art Gallery. The film focuses on a group of older gay men who are part of a social society called ‘Prime Timers’ as they undertake an organised cruise. The filming of the ship’s interminable journey towards the horizon becomes an allegory for the search these men undertake by coming together to enrich their lives through communal activity. Prime Time examines what it means to be in the prime of one’s life and seeks to challenge the hyper-visibility of youth, and its primacy as a measure of desirability, to the exclusion of older bodies.
Alongside the presentation of his work, Crosse has selected works from the Grundy’s collection to display in an adjoining room. This is intended to act as a prelude to his work and to draw out threads from the films that relate to themes and concerns found within the gallery’s collection, and vice-versa. The exhibition coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the de-criminalisation of
homosexuality in England and Wales and celebrates the LGBTQ community who live in, work and visit the resort of Blackpool.
The preview for the exhibition will begin at 2.30pm on Saturday 1 April. All welcome.
1/04/2017 — 13/05/2017
Torque (Nathan Jones and Sam
Re-learning to Read
Torque artist collective (Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner), curate an exhibition in the gallery's Rotunda space and foyer. This group exhibition will include flip books, VR-headset poems and other forms asking questions about how technologies are changing the way we read today.
Image: Sam Skinner, Untitled, 2016