13/02/2016 — 22/04/2016

Beyond the Frame Part 1

Collection display

Paul Nash, Sanctuary Wood, 1917

Collection Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

 

Beyond the Frame is a two-part exhibition involving the Grundy's collection.


Part One of Beyond the Frame includes a condensed history of the Grundy collection as well as a presentation of the ways in which we care for and preserve the Gallery’s permanent collection. Visitors will be able to see a significant chalk drawing by celebrated British Modernist Paul Nash, which was gifted to the Grundy through the Contemporary Art Society in 1924 and was last exhibited in the 1970s, and has been left in a drawer unseen for the last 40 years.

The drawing was made as part of a series he produced whilst recuperating from injuries sustained in the First World War front, and was amongst a key series which led to Nash being appointed War Artist. Other works in the series are owned by national collections including the Tate and the Imperial War Museum.

The re-discovery was made recent work to catalogue and document for the collection for a new database, and visitors can see the work, newly framed, alongside other works from key periods in the Grundy’s collection, including paintings by Dame Laura Knight and Henry Scott Tuke, as well as recent additions of contemporary works by Ben Cain and a light-box work by Ian Whittlesea.


Part Two of the exhibition involves a presentation of work by young people from Blackpool who have taken paintings from the Grundy collection as starting points for new storytelling and portraiture.

 

Beyond the Frame includes a special collection display, presenting the ways in which we care for and preserve the Gallery’s permanent collection, alongside a presentation of work by young people from Blackpool who have taken paintings from the Grundy collection as starting points for new storytelling and portraiture.

 

2016: Year of Collections


Throughout 2016 Grundy Art Gallery is undertaking a year of activity exploring its permanent collection. During the course of the year the Gallery is working with contemporary artists to create new work in response to the collection; upgrading the gallery’s environmental controls and making repairs to the store; developing the collection through new acquisitions; and working with young people to interpret items from the collection in new ways.

The gallery is looking to raise £5,000 towards the restoration of artworks from the collection, so that they can be viewed as part of a special exhibition in 2017. If you would like to donate then please contact the welcome desk at the gallery.