Grundy Art Gallery organise a programme of contemporary visual art exhibitions that feature the work of established and emerging artists from the UK and abroad, as well as historically important artwork loaned from major UK institutions and objects from its own permanent collection.
Blackpool provides Grundy a unique platform to work upon, which is challenging, relevant and attractive to artists.
Grundy provides artists with the opportunity to develop ideas and take risks in a beautiful exhibition space in an incredible location.
Blackpool Council commissioned the building of the Grundy Art Gallery in 1908 following a bequest of 33 artworks and a financial gift from brothers John and Cuthbert Grundy, both of whom were artists.
Cuthbert was described at the time as: ‘A leader of the artistic, literary and scientific life of the town'. The gallery first opened to the public in 1911.
Grundy's collection, which is displayed as part of the temporary exhibitions programme and is not on permanent display, includes
- Victorian oils and watercolours
- Modern British paintings
- Contemporary prints
- Oriental ivories
- Photographs and souvenirs of Blackpool
Artists whose work is represented include:
- Craigie Aitchison
- Martin Creed
- Laura Ford
- Gilbert and George
- Augustus John
- Peter Liversidge
- Eric Ravilious
- Lindsay Seers
- Julian Trevelyan
The Grundy shop specialises in artist made jewellery and organises small spotlight exhibitions of emerging and established designer/makers.
It also stocks arts journals, exhibition publications, creative toys, and greetings cards.
Grundy Art Gallery
Telephone: 01253 478170
Grundy is open Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Closed Sundays and during exhibition installations.
Open Bank Holidays from 11.00am to 4.00pm.
Admission to Grundy Art Gallery is free of charge.