Grundy Art Gallery
Grundy Art Gallery is delighted to announce details of its upcoming autumn programme.
The programme includes a new light art installation by the internationally renowned artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman for the exterior of Grundy’s building; a major new international exhibition from Hayward Gallery Touring; a foyer display that looks back at Grundy’s 110 year history; and a new project for Grundy’s forecourt to coincide with Black History Month.
Image Credit: Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Lips, design stage images © the artist, courtesy Blackpool Illuminations.
Cllr Kath Benson, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Aspiration and Community Assets said: “110 years after it opened its doors, Grundy continues to demonstrate its commitment to the people of Blackpool. From high profile international artists, to our local creative young people, the Grundy’s autumn programme will showcase the best of what Blackpool has to offer, as well as bringing to the town high quality exhibitions to share with the people of Blackpool and beyond.”
NOT WITHOUT MY GHOSTS: The Artist as Medium
15 October – 11 December
Grundy Art Gallery ground floor gallery spaces
Grundy Art Gallery and Hayward Gallery Touring presents Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium, a major exhibition of 30+ international artists from 19th century to the present day, whose works are variously inspired by mediumship and its deep cultural history. Featuring works inspired by spirit experiences during séances and trances, to practices of automatism, surrealist experiments, and communications with higher powers and other realities, Not Without My Ghosts addresses 200 years of medium art by exploring how artists have been inspired or directly influenced by forces beyond those accepted by the modern world.
The exhibition takes as its starting point the visionary work of William Blake and the largely forgotten Victorian spirit artists Georgiana Houghton and Barbara Honywood, whose work based on experiences and communication with the world of the spirits was strikingly at odds with prevailing traditions of artistic expression. The exhibition moves through the 20th Century where work by artists Austin Osman Spare, Ithell Colquhoun and Cameron draws on techniques of automatism combined with an interest in ritualised forms of occultism.
Concluding with works from artists such as Emma Talbot, Suzanne Treister, Lea Porsager and Louise Despont, Not Without My Ghosts demonstrates how contemporary artists are using the power of the unseen and the ghostly to explore the radical ambiguities of the world around them.
The exhibition opened at Drawing Room, London in Autumn 2020, where the focus was on drawing and its potential to reveal what lies beyond the confines of the visible. The exhibition has expanded to include painting, film and installation. The exhibition tours to Blackpool, Swansea and Sheffield - all of which have a connection to the rich legacy of Spiritualism: The strength of the spiritualist church in Lancashire and the seaside clairvoyance of Blackpool; the renowned political activist and Spiritualist Winifred Coombe Tennant, one of the most significant early patrons and official buyer for the collection of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea; and finally the legacy of the Victorian art critic and social reformer John Ruskin in Sheffield.
Participating artists are: Noviadi Angkasapura; William Blake; Cameron; Ann Churchill; Ithell Colquhoun; Louise Despont; Casimiro Domingo; Emma Talbot; Madame Fondrillon; Chiara Fumai; Vidya Gastaldon; Madge Gill, Susan Hiller; Barbara Honywood; Georgiana Houghton; Augustin Lesage; Pia Lindman; Ann Lislegaard; Grace Pailthorpe; František Jaroslav Pecka; Olivia Plender; Sigmar Polke; Lea Porsager; Austin Osman Spare; and Suzanne Treister with The Museum of Blackhole Spacetime Collective.
BLACKPOOL LIGHT OF MY LIFE :Chila Kumari Singh Burman
From 19 October
Exterior of Grundy Art Gallery building
Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool Illuminations and Lightpool Festival are excited to announce details of a new light art installation by the internationally recognised artist, Chila Kumari Singh Burman. After high profile projects for Tate Britain and Covent Garden in London, the artist has now turned her sights to Blackpool and the town’s Grade II listed Grundy Art Gallery.
As part of this year’s Lightpool Festival, visitors will be able to delight in a riotous display of multi-coloured new light works; specially commissioned for the exterior of the building.
Brought together under the title, “Blackpool Light of My Life”, the exhibition is the artist’s love letter to the town; which she hopes will help people to feel joy at a time when such emotions may be hard to find.
Bright pink flamingos stand strong; their beaks touching to form a heart; a pair of glowing lips encourage us to pass on a smile; a dazzling toy windmill signifies the winds of change and a multi-coloured tree of life reminds us of our connectedness to the here and now, and to one another. In addition, and as a centrepiece to the display, the artist has provided Blackpool with a powerful symbol of renewal in the form of a mermaid. To complete the display, the artist has wrapped the four stone columns, which sit either side of Grundy’s entrance, in brightly coloured, densely collaged prints topped off with ropes of light.
Alongside her work for the exterior of Grundy Art Gallery, audiences will also be able to view other artwork by the artist in Blackpool this autumn. White Tiger, is a stunning interpretation of the car that played a starring role in the film, The White Tiger. Created to celebrate the Netflix launch of the critically acclaimed film based on the New York Times bestseller and the 2008 Man Booker-Prize winning novel of the same name; the car is emblazoned with the artist’s signature neon and collage designs, the work will be on display in the former Disney Store in Hounds Hill Shopping Centre until 30 October.
Born in Bootle, to Punjabi-Hindu parents, Chila Kumari Singh Burman is celebrated for her radical feminist practice which examines representation, gender and cultural identity. She works across a wide range of mediums including printmaking, drawing, painting, installation and film.
Blackpool Light of My Life is co-commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool Illuminations and Lightpool Festival and has been made possible with funding from an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant. The appearance of the White Tiger Car in Blackpool is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and utilises an award from the main Welcome Back Fund.
GRUNDY ART GALLERY 110 YEARS YOUNG
26 October – 11 December
Grundy Art Gallery Foyer
26 October 2021 marks 110 years of Grundy Art Gallery opening its doors to the people of Blackpool and beyond.
To celebrate this event, Grundy Art Gallery’s foyer will provide the setting for a display of archival materials that will look back into the history of the gallery. Looking forward, the display will also highlight some of the exciting future activity that is planned. In addition to this, Grundy’s 110 anniversary is being marked in a number of different ways including; newly designed shop products, the unveiling of a Blue Plaque and the establishing of a Grundy Art Gallery Anniversary Collection, which will see the acquisition of new works into Grundy’s permanent collection. Made throughout the year, these new works are being selected to provide future audiences with a record of the extraordinary times that we are living through and for the fact that they each speak very clearly of the time in which they have been made.
GRUNDY ART GALLERY FORECOURT COMMISSION
Brendan Bunting: BLACKpool
From 19 October – 11 December
The Grundy Art Gallery Forecourt Commission is an ongoing programme of new works that are commissioned specifically for presentation on the exterior glass panels of Grundy’s forecourt. This high profile, highly visible programme is part of Grundy’s ambition to extend its activity outside of the four walls of the gallery.
The next Grundy Art Gallery Forecourt Commission will present the work of Blackpool based artist, and Youth Worker Brendan Bunting. Exploring identity, community and history, this new work captures what life was like growing up, mixed raced in Blackpool. Created for Black History Month, this work will be the starting point for a series of workshops with young people in the town that will explore race and identity. The workshops will be delivered through a partnership between Grundy Art Gallery, the Resilience Revolution and Brendan Bunting.
WORKSHOPS / TALKS AND EVENTS:
The autumn programme will be supported by a range of activities and events that will provide opportunities to find out more about the art and artists on display, as well as exploring and developing the participants’ own creativity. Sign up to the Grundy newsletter via the Grundy website www.thegrundy.org. Keep an eye on the website and watch out for posts via Grundy’s social media channels to find out more.