PAST EXHIBS & EVENTS

28/01/2017 — 18/03/2017
Blackpool Art Fayre

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 grundyartgallery@blackpool.gov.uk which includes the full terms and conditions.

28/01/2017 — 18/03/2017
New and recent acquisitions
for the Grundy Collection

Artists:

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

13/02/2017 — 13/02/2017
FILM CLUB: BEN RIVERS 

Film Club

 

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+.

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.

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/film-club-basim-magdy-tickets-32267197055

 

15/03/2017 — 15/03/2017
FILM CLUB: COCO FUSCO 

 

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+.

 

TED Ethology: Primate Visions of the Human Mind, (2015) HD video, colour, sound, 50 min.

 

Coco Fusco revives and embodies the chimpanzee animal psychologist Dr. Zira from the original Planet of the Apes films of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In her Skyped-in introduction, esteemed feminist theorist and technoscience philosopher Donna Haraway explains that Dr. Zira narrowly escaped death in the third film and has been living in hiding, observing human behaviour through visual culture.

In her lecture, Dr. Zira draws from primatology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology to address human aggression and predatory behaviour for the accumulation of resources in post-industrial societies. Dividing Homo sapiens into categories humans often use to study other species, she finds that economic disparity is a form of violence, primarily enacted by the dominant “alpha” males and females against the majority “beta” population. She also compares this homo sapiens behavioural pattern with that of other members of the homo genus, demonstrating the human shift from empathy towards what she calls “aggressively individualistic behaviour”.

 

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/film-club-coco-fusco-tickets-32433522539

 

 

Image Credit:

Coco Fusco, TED Ethology - Primate Visions of the Human Mind, 2015. Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates and Video Data Bank. © 2016 Coco Fusco
1/04/2017 — 13/05/2017
Re-learning to Read
Guest Curated by Torque
(Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner)

Artists: Anna Barham, Nathan Jones, Nicholas Malevé, Erica Scourti, Tom Schofield, Sam Skinner, Emily Speed


Involving interactive installations, videos, and a new text-based work for the stairwell, this exhibition asks how we might all relearn to read in an era of social media, emojis and speed reading apps. Visitors are invited to bring their own books or borrow books from the library to use on a "reading machine", developed in collaboration with artist/technologist Tom Schofield. This will combine scanners, screens and sculpture to create a radically new human-computer reading experience.

The exhibition also includes works by Erica Scourti, Anna Barham, Emily Speed and Nicholas Malevé and will involve hand-made flip books, VR-headset poems, and further digital artworks asking: what new forms can reading take and how can art augment and intervene in these processes?

A symposium on Sat 6 May (more details to follow) will feature presentations from artists and an opportunity for discussion of the exhibition's subject matter. Workshops led by Lisa Wigham creating flip books text-works will enable further participation and engagement opportunities with the project.

 

Pre-Opening preview and performance: 31st March, 4pm, Central Library: Book your place here

Opening 1st April, 2.30pm

Education drop in activity 8th April - led by Skinner and Jones: Details to follow



Symposium: 6th May   Featuring presentations by Anna Barham, Helen Palmer and Nicolas Malevé.

 

More information on how to book go to EVENTBRITE.

 

Image: Sam Skinner, Untitled, 2016

6/05/2017 — 6/05/2017
TORQUE: Manifestos for Relearning
to Read 
A symposium on new forms of
reading

TORQUE: Manifestos for Relearning to Read

A symposium on new forms of reading

12pm – 5pm Saturday 6th May

£10 (£5 students and unwaged). Pay on Arrival. Booking essential.

Artist’s presentations, discussion and performance, bringing together contemporary practice around reading rooms, archives, digital texts, machine vision, and artificial intelligence.

In an era of digital media, reading is an activity where the frustrations and promises of technology meet, and at times overlap. The proliferation of textual forms, appearing as text message, email, status update, notification, muted television subtitle, even computer code, can produce an environment of undifferentiated informatic overload, where reading, by its incessant necessity becomes impossible. This is particularly relevant to Blackpool, a very textual town in terms of the frequency and scale of its advertising and signage.

Artists who work with text offer different ways to read. These approaches in turn might help us navigate the new textual landscapes we inhabit and how we might control what we read and how we read it.

Each speaker presents a unique vision and invites a range of adaptations and questions about how we might relearn to read.


 

11am Coffee and look at Relearning to Read exhibition.

12pm INTRODUCTION

12.30: PANEL 1 -- Reading Rooms and Thinking Archives
Nathan Jones
Anna Barham
Emily Speed
Nicolas Maleve
+ DISCUSSION

2pm Lunch BREAK

2.30pm: PANEL 2 -- Reading Landscapes and Machine Visions
Performance: Helen Palmer
Ami Clarke
Sam Skinner
Tom Schofield
+ DISCUSSION

4.30pm Additional discussion panels 1 & 2.

5pm finish

 

Book Via Eventbrite


Image Credit: Sam Skinner, Untitled 2016