‘Neon’ – This years exhibition on the theme of Light at the Grundy Art Gallery

Last year, the Grundy Art Gallery began a major new programme of exhibitions and commissions incorporating the broad theme of light, to coincide each year with the Blackpool’s Illuminations season.

In 2015 the gallery presented ‘Sensory Systems’, a substantial new exhibition bringing together works by internationally acclaimed artists interested in the technology and science of light and how it can be deployed and shaped to affect our perceptual experience of space.

‘NEON: The Charged Line’

This year the light-themed programming is back with ‘Neon’ and the Grundy Art Gallery will again play a key role, with the opening of a specially commissioned Neon exhibition featuring the work of some of the most talented artists in the world, including a piece by Tracey Emin. 

Tracey Emin at the launch of her neon exhibition, ‘Love is What You Want’, in 2011.
Tracey Emin at the launch of her neon exhibition, ‘Love is What You Want’, in 2011.

Tracey Emin, one of the UK’s foremost artists, will join other notable artists from America and Europe as part of NEON: The Charged Line which will open on Thursday 1 September and run until 7 January 2017, to coincide with the Illuminations.

NEON: The Charged Line will take place as part of this year’s Lightpool festival, which is aimed at re-inventing the Illuminations display and providing more opportunities for cultural experiences in Blackpool town centre.

The Grundy’s neon exhibition will bringing together some of the most internationally renowned neon artworks from the 1960s to the present day and will be the most significant survey focusing solely on the medium of neon staged in the UK to date, a light source which has shone in the resort since the 1930s.

The exhibition will include key pieces by upwards of twenty five of the world’s foremost artists working in this medium, featuring well known figures including Emin and Gavin Turk, who rose to prominence in the 1990s as ‘young British artists’ or yBa’s.

Admission to the Grundy Art Gallery is free to all, however donations to keep the gallery running are kindly accepted.

Throughout the exhibition, the gallery will work on special opening hours, between 10am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays. The gallery is closed on Mondays and will also close over the Christmas period from 24 December to 2 January.

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 11-6pm
Monday: Closed

We are grateful for the support of Blackpool Council, Arts Council England, Visit Blackpool, LeftCoast and the Coastal Communities Fund for enabling this to happen.