Lightpool - Grundy Art Gallery

Lightpool at Grundy Art Gallery explores Light through exhibitions and commissions to coincide with the Blackpool’s Illuminations season.

2019 Exhibitions for Lightpool at Grundy Art Gallery

A TRICK OF THE LIGHT

  • 28 SEPTEMBER – 14 DECEMBER –  From 10am-5pm each day plus late night opening until 6pm on Friday 18 and 25 October.
  • Preview on Saturday 28 December from 3-5pm. All welcome.

A Trick of the Light brings together a group of internationally recognised contemporary artists whose works cast shadows, conjures illusions and brings the inanimate to life.

IMAGE: Helen Maurer, Cave Painting (2003) Photograph: Angela Moore, Courtesy: the artist and Danielle Arnaud.
IMAGE: Helen Maurer, Cave Painting (2003) Photograph: Angela Moore, Courtesy: the artist and Danielle Arnaud.

Referencing pre-cinematic techniques and Victorian optical entertainments, such as Zoetropes and Shadow Play, these artworks use the transformative power of light to alter perceptions and trick the eye.

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Explore work by Brass Art, Mat Collishaw, Rachel Goodyear, Helen Maurer, Tim Noble and Sue Webster. Plus items on loan from The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, at the University of Exeter.

A programme of talks and workshops will take place throughout the exhibition period. Please ring 01253 478170 for further information. Please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

VISITOR WARNING: MAT COLLISHAW’S THE CENTRIFUGAL SOUL, CONTAINS A SEQUENCE/S OF FLASHING LIGHTS WHICH MAY AFFECT VISITORS WHO ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO PHOTOSENSITIVE EPILEPSY OR OTHER PHOTO-SENSITIVITIES.

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Past Exhibitions for Lightpool at Grundy Art Gallery

Autumn 2018 Exhibitions

Northern Lights by Chris Paul Daniels

Northern Lights  By Chris Paul Daniels at Grundy Art Gallery
Northern Lights By Chris Paul Daniels at Grundy Art Gallery

With original music by Graham Massey, Northern Lights is a new work by Manchester based artist and film-maker, Chris Paul Daniels.

Co-commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery and ICA Art and Screen Network, this film was shot on location at Lightworks, the Blackpool Illuminations Depot. It sees ‘visitor from another place’ interrogate the traditions and artefacts of the Blackpool Illuminations, the annual light festival first established in 1879.

Better and More than Ever Before – Blackpool Illuminations Archive Exhibition

Blackpool Illuminations Archive Exhibition at Grundy Art Gallery
Blackpool Illuminations poster c.1930. © Blackpool Council, Heritage Service.

This exhibition brings together a selection of objects, images and posters that celebrate the rich history and enduring appeal of the Blackpool Illuminations.

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Paper, Canvas, Neon – Celebrating LightPool at Grundy Art Gallery

Exhibition throughout December 2017
Neon, I know I know, by Tracey Emin. Part of LightPool at Grundy Art Gallery
Neon, I know I know, by Tracey Emin. Part of LightPool at Grundy Art Gallery

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‘NEON’ – new piece for LightPool at Grundy Art Gallery

In 2016 the light-themed programme was back with ‘Neon’ and a specially commissioned Neon exhibition. It featured the work of some of the most talented artists in the world, including this 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.

NEON: The Charged Line is part of LightPool at Grundy Art Gallery and part of Lightpool festival. It’s aim is to re-invent the Illuminations display and provide more cultural opportunities in Blackpool town centre.

The neon exhibition brought together some of the most internationally renowned neon artworks from the 1960s to the present day. It was the most significant survey focusing solely on the medium of neon staged in the UK. Neon is a light source which has shone in Blackpool since the 1930s.

Key pieces from more than 25 of the world’s foremost artists working in the medium were shown. It featured well known artists including Emin and Gavin Turk, who rose to prominence in the 1990s as ‘young British artists’ or yBa’s.

Purchase of Artworks for LightPool at Grundy Art Gallery

Blackpool Council’s Grundy Art Gallery was awarded £80,000 by the Art Funds New Collecting Award in 2016. The money enabled them to buy new artworks around the theme of light.

The £80,000 award to then Curator Richard Parry was the joint highest sum. The same amount went to curators at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and the National Galleries of Scotland.

The idea of the awards is to invest in the development of promising curators at early points in their careers across the UK. Museum professionals are given a budget to pursue a completely new avenue of collecting in their institutions.

‘I Know I Know I Know’ by Tracey Emin was acquired with the funding as is now part of the Grundy Art Galleries permanent collection.

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Evolution of LightPool at Grundy Art Gallery

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

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