thingsEmilio C. L. Tafani, Demonstration in Dissection, 1945. Grundy Art Gallery.

Grundy Art Gallery is putting on a series of talks throughout 2013 which aim to open up the gallery’s collection to audiences in a new and exciting way.

The aim of the talks is to focus on and discuss a number of specific artworks from the Grundy’s eclectic permanent collection whilst embracing wider issues relating to the collection’s history and its evolution since the gallery opening in 1911.

Grundy is recognised as a national centre of excellence for its contemporary visual art programme and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

As a result of this status there has been a shift in the presentation of artworks within the gallery’s exhibition programme meaning that the permanent collection which once adorned the walls of the gallery for the majority of the time is now brought out less often and in a far more interrogative and directed setting.

This series of talks have been devised to respond to the work carried out by the Public Catalogue Foundation who since 2003 have sought to bring together a visual record of the approximately 210,000 oil paintings held within public collections in the UK. This record had been made publicly accessible through a partnership with the BBC – YourPaintings: a web based database of reproductions of the all 210,000 works which can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/yourpaintings.

The sessions will be run on March 12th, 19th, 26th and April 2nd 2013, 1 – 2.30 pm in the Brunswick Room, Blackpool Central Library. The gallery is taking bookings for the sessions now and places are limited. Call them on 01253 478170.

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