14/05/2016 — 18/06/2016
Louise Giovanelli
From Here to Here: Part One

Louise Giovanelli: From Here to Here, is an exhibition in two parts. Part One (14 May - 18 June) will display a selection of paintings taken from the Grundy's permanent collection. For Part Two (2 July - 13 Aug) the artist will exhibit new version of these, re-framing and re-casting details from within the portraits into a parallel history of the artist's making, rehanging the space in a ghostly echo of the originals.

This exhibition forms part of our 2016 year of programming around the Grundy's permanent collection as well as our commitment to supporting the work of young and emerging artists, in particular those from the North West.

Louise Giovanelli (b. London 1993, lives and works in Manchester) completed her BA in painting at Manchester School of Art in 2015. She has exhibited in group exhibitions in Manchester, Los Angeles and Pforzheim, Germany and will have a further solo exhibition at the International 3 Gallery in Salford in July.

16/05/2016 — 13/08/2016
Mark Leckey
This Kolossal Kat, that
Massive MOG

This Kolossal Kat, that Massive MOG is a new exhibition of work by Mark Leckey for Grundy Art Gallery.

The exhibition will bring together works that involve the artist's long-standing interest in Felix the Cat, the first known broadcast image. Central to the show will be FEELINTHECAT, a major new commission undertaken to mark the Arts Council Collection's 70th anniversary.

The new work, FEELINTHECAT is a walk-in installation in which viewers will enter a giant 3D paper version of Felix the Cat, which also acts as a speaker. Inside visitors will watch high definition looped footage seemingly of a man – the artist – inside a black furry costume and Felix the Cat head, seemingly becoming the Cat.

Leckey’s interest in Felix the Cat can be traced to a performance lecture he gave at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, titled ‘In the Long Tail’, which drew on an image he’d found on the internet of Felix the Cat, from which he learnt of its origins as the first broadcast image.

The exhibition will see a profusion of reproductions of this iconic image. In addition to the new commission and a video of his ICA Lecture performance, it will feature Inflatable Felix (2013) a giant blow-up version of the cartoon cat. Earlier works such as Flix (2008), on 16mm film, point to questions of fetish and desire bound up in the jet-black image of Felix on screen.

In addition to the main exhibition visitors will also be able to see Leckey’s seminal film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999), which has been described as ‘perhaps the finest portrayal of British nightlife ever captured’, and which also link’s to Blackpool’s part in the history of Northern Soul, an underground music and dance movement that was particularly active in the North West of England in the 1960s and 70s.

Leckey is often cited as one of the most influential artists working anywhere in the world today. He has consistently explored the space where visual art meets popular culture, and collapsed traditional distinctions between the ‘high’ and the ‘low’. As incisive as it is entertaining, his most recent work has focussed on the technological and visual developments at the heart of our digital age and how the internet is reshaping the relationship between people, things and images.


Mark Leckey was awarded the Turner Prize in 2008. A further new commission of his work will be shown at the Liverpool Biennial 2016, and he will undertake a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art MoMA PS1 in New York later in the year.

The artist is represented by Cabinet Gallery, London; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne, Germany and Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York

23/06/2016 — 25/06/2016
Kihlberg & Henry 
This Building, This Breath

This Building, This Breath continues Kihlberg & Henry’s exploration of the disembodied voice in moving image and performance. For this piece, a voiceover is delivered live alongside a 15 minute video, activated whenever somebody enters the room. Here the duo explores cultural understandings of breathing as a device to play with the relationships between language, image, architecture and audience.

In the script, Kihlberg & Henry make use of a varied series of references of breathing, from biological meanings and principles in martial arts and yoga to deviations of the term such as those used in breathing materials and lens breathing. The voiced content coincides with the choreography of projected images as if images were falling from the speakers’ mouth, and retracting with his inhalations, combining eclectic and associative found footage. Adopting mechanisms familiar to the spheres of hypnosis or meditation in the structure and delivery of the script, this Building, This Breath drives towards an abstract proposition that the room itself is breathing.

This Building, This Breath was commissioned by fig-2, supported by the Art Fund, Outset, and Arts Council England.