Grundy Art Gallery has announced the launch of its Autumn 2020 Exhibition The Lights. Taking its name from the shorthand for how the Blackpool Illuminations are referred to locally, this exhibition is timed to coincide with, and contribute to the town’s annual season of light.

Over the last five years, Grundy Art Gallery has been developing a special interest in artists that use light as a material within their work. In addition to an annual autumn light themed exhibition, the Grundy has also been adding light art works to its collection. Including neon, moving image, photography, digital drawing and sculpture, The Lights will offer a dynamic and engaging visitor experience that showcases and celebrates this exciting strand of Grundy’s collection. 

Providing an opportunity for visitors to see all of Grundy’s light art works together for the first time, The Lights will include work from world-renowned contemporary artist Tracey Emin; one of the originators of 1960s Conceptual art, Joseph Kosuth and five new works that have been brought into the collection this year. With support from Art Fund’s New Collecting Award, works by Turner Prize nominees Mark Titchner and Andrea Büttner, British sculptor and disability rights activist Tony Heaton OBE, prize-winning film-maker Chris Paul Daniels and Venture Arts emerging artist Amy Ellison from Manchester, all now take their place in Grundy’s collection. 

Cllr Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for tourism and culture for Blackpool Council said: “Grundy Art Gallery’s light-themed exhibitions are always a highlight of Blackpool’s cultural calendar, and with its high calibre artists and high quality artworks, The Lights, looks set to be no exception.”

The exhibition will be supported by a remotely delivered programme of engagement activities. Please see Grundy’s website thegrundy.org or follow them on social media. The Grundy Art Gallery has signed up to and obtained the new VisitEngland ’We’re Good To Go’ Covid safe industry standard. The Gallery offers a year round programme of contemporary visual art exhibitions and events including solo and group exhibitions together with talks, workshops and educational activities. The gallery is housed in a Grade II listed Carnegie building. Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. It provides millions of pounds every year to help museums to acquire and share works of art across the UK artfund.org 

Featured Image: Mark Titchner, Plenty and Progress, 2016, (c) the artist. Courtesy Grundy Art Gallery Collection.

 

 

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