FORTHCOMING

6/03/2015 — 11/04/2015
Pre-Pop to Post-human
Collage in the digital age

A Hayward Touring Exhibition from the Southbank Centre, London.

 

In 1952, Eduardo Paolozzi gave a groundbreaking presentation at the ICA, London, which used images collected and collaged from popular magazines. ‘BUNK’ (derived from Henry Ford’s famous declaration ‘History is bunk!’) heralded the beginning of what became Pop Art.

Taking these pre-Pop collages as a departure point this exhibition includes new prints by contemporary artists for whom the activity of digital manipulation, today’s equivalent of collage, has become second nature.

‘Pre-Pop to Post-Human: Collage in the Digital Age’ is an exhibition of 37 newly commissioned prints by fifteen young artists, shown alongside a selection of sixteen lithographs and screenprints from Paolozzi’s portfolio ‘BUNK’, created in 1972 from the original collages.

For ‘BUNK’, Paolozzi cut and pasted images from glossy magazines of curvaceous pin-ups alongside new robotics, high-tech prostheses, and wartime ammunition. Today, new technologies and the Internet have radically changed the ways in which artists can work, allowing images from popular culture to be seamlessly appropriated, mixed and layered in infinite combinations. Inspired by Paolozzi’s seminal collages, the artists in this exhibition create their own visions of the contemporary human condition in visually compelling and provocative images.

 

Using familiar iconography from video games, high street advertising slogans and popular magazines, these prints capture the fluidity of digital manipulation in various ways to create otherworldly landscapes, strange textures and surreal forms.


Artists include:
Pio Abad, Marie Angeletti, Helen Carmel Benigson, Gabriele Beveridge, Steve Bishop, Bryan Dooley, Adham Faramawy, Anthea Hamilton, Nicholas Hatfull, Eloise Hawser, Jack Lavender, Harry Meadows, Berry Patten, Peles Empire, Samara Scott

6/03/2015 — 11/04/2015
THINGS 
A Century of Works Purchased
with the Contemporary Art
Society

Artists include:

Craigie Aitcheson, Ruth Claxton, Gilbert and George, Brian Griffiths, Francis Hoyland, Helen Marten, Haroon Mirza, Heather Phillipson, Pablo Picasso, Eric Ravilious, Julian Trevelyan

What is the history of the 'contemporary' in Blackpool, and at the Grundy?

 

This exhibition assembles for the first time all the works purchased for the Grundy collection with the Contemporary Art Society (CAS). CAS was founded in 1912, whilst the Grundy opened in 1911 and there are records of the two organisations working together that span the twentieth century and continue to the present day.

 

'Things' will be an opportunity for visitors to see some of its best loved works, that have been acquired over years including works by Picasso, Julian Trevelyan, Craigie Aitcheson and Gilbert and George. The exhibition also offers a portrait study of how 'the contemporary' at the Grundy has changed and developed over the course of the Twentieth Century.

 

Also brought together for the first time will be all of the works recently purchased jointly with four other galleries in the North West; the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Manchester Art Gallery, The Walker Art Gallery and the Victoria Gallery. Artists Brian Griffiths, Haroon Mirza and Helen Marten will all be on display, alongside recent purchases of Heather Phillipson.

 

Admission to the exhibition is FREE.

 
14/03/2015 — 14/03/2015
Talk: Ian Whittlesea

Artist Ian Whittlesea, whose exhibition Breath is Life is currently showing at the Grundy, talks about the exhibition and his work.  

 

2.30pm. FREE but please book your place by calling The Grundy on 01253 478170 or email: grundyartgallery@blackpool.gov.uk

17/03/2015 — 17/03/2015
Talk: Brian Griffiths 
Part of LeftCoast's "Golden
Section" programme

5.30-7.30pm

 

Brian Griffiths, who exhibited at the Grundy in 2011 with the exhibition 'On' incorporating sections from the Illuminations, discusses his wider art practice. Griffiths makes sculptures and installations of over blown theatricality and pathos. His work has been exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally. He has had solo shows at Tramway, Camden Arts Centre, Arnolfini, A Foundation Vilma Gold, Galeria Luisa Strina and internationally has shown work at numerous museums including The Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, The Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, and Belém Museum of Modern Art, Brazil.

 

FREE but please book your place here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/golden-section-with-brian-griffiths-tickets-14940749183?aff=eac2

 

This talk is part of the LeftCoast "Golden Section" series of talks tkaing place at the Grundy throughout 2015, in which artists and creative practitioners discuss their work. 

9/04/2015 — 9/04/2015
Talk: Chris Watson
Part of LeftCoast's "Golden
Section" programme

5.30-7.30pm

 

A sound art special. Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife

and natural phenomena who edits field recordings into filmic narratives. He was also a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire and holds Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from the University of the West of England in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sound recording. 

 

This talk is part of LeftCoast’s "Golden Section" - a monthly creative conversation with inspiring guest speakers.

 

FREE but please book your place here.

 

 

 

 

5/05/2015 — 5/05/2015
Talk: Alan Lane
Part of LeftCoast's "Golden
Section" programme

5.30-7.30pm

 

Alan Lane is the Artistic Director of Slung Low. Based in Leeds the company makes adventures for audiences outside of conventional theatre spaces. Alan creates shows that examine how audiences go and see a piece of theatre, transporting people to new places and from new perspectives.

 

This talk is part of LeftCoast’s "Golden Section" - a monthly creative conversation where guest speakers discuss their work.

 

FREE but please book your place here.

2/06/2015 — 2/06/2015
Talk: David Micklem & Jo Hunter
Part of LeftCoast's "Golden
Section" programme

5.30-7.30pm

 

David Micklem and Jo Hunter are experienced producers, cultural leaders and strategic thinkers with a track record in supporting artists, delivering significant arts projects and influencing policy. Together they have just launched 53 Million Artists – a campaigning vehicle to bring out the artist in all of us.

 

This talk is part of LeftCoast’s "Golden Section" - a monthly creative conversation where guest speakers discuss their work.

 

FREE but please book your place here