31/10/2014 — 17/01/2015

Haunted House

David Hockney, "The Sexton Disguised as a Ghost" from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm", 1969, Etching, 17 3/4 x 16 1/4", Edition of 100,

© David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt


Haunted House is an exhibition that brings together works from the Grundy’s historic collection alongside those by contemporary artists to imagine the gallery as a charged space in which the artworks suggest unseen presences. The Grundy is a historic building, itself rumoured to be haunted, and this exhibition posits the works in its collection as being akin to ghosts, showing themselves before disappearing again, moved around by the unseen hand of the curator, and with a presence existing in perpetuity even whilst not on show.

Interspersed amidst the collection displays will be works by contemporary artists, suggestive of further unseen forces, and themselves placed by a phantom curatorial presence. The exhibition will bring together works by a selection of critically-acclaimed artists who have examined concerns relating to the supernatural in recent years. Questioning the dichotomies between presence and absence; what is seen and what is felt; what disappears and what remains, as well as the space between the historical and the contemporary, this exhibition considers the potentiality of the artwork and the agency of the imagination.

Artists include: Olivier Castel, Martin Creed, Graham Gussin, Susan Hiller, David Hockney, Susan Phillipsz and Aura Satz


Thurs 30th Oct , 12-3pm (FREE)
The Big Draw family drop in workshop. The theme is spooky coastal landscapes and you can make ghostly drawings with artist Sean Payne and listen to mystifying stories told by storyteller Dan Worsley. There will be music and refreshments, fancy dress is encouraged.

Weekly on Wednesdays at 6pm (FREE)
Artist Sean Payne reads aloud a different story each week from the history of Gothic Literature.

Sat 8th Nov, 1-2.30pm (FREE)
Family workshop (children aged 3+) Join artist Lisa Wigham and make ghostly prints of the seen and the unseen inspired by print techniques that mimic traces of advertising from a bygone age. Booking a place is essential.

Wed 19th Nov, 7pm (FREE)
Film screening of the seminal movie, The Haunting by Robert Wise(PG). This film, based on The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, is often sited as the most successful adaptation of any ghost story. Refreshments available.

Sat 29th Nov, 10.30-12 (£3 PER CHILD)
See&Do workshop for 6-12 years in partnership with Blackpool Libraries. Writing and performing ghost stories with Dan Worsley. Booking a place is essential.

Fri 5th Dec, 7-10pm (£3 PER ADULT)
Sketch and Sip evening for adults is a still life drawing class with a spooky theme. Enjoy a glass or two of wine whilst sketching professional performer Harry Clayton Wright in ghostly costumes. No previous drawing experience required. Bring a friend.

Sat 6th Dec, 6pm (FREE)
Family Film screening of Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton. Dress up as your favourite character and join in with the Halloween and Christmas fun and creative activities.

Film screening of Night of the Demon by Jacques Tourneur (PG), regarded as one of the greatest British horror films and a pinnacle of British cinema in the 1950s. Refreshments available.

If you would like any more information about the activities and events or would like to book please contact us on grundyartgallery@blackpool.gov.uk or 01253 478170.