ARt Galleries In Blackpool
Although the town is indeed a British tourist’s dream, there
are still a few entertainment areas that are lacking and Blackpool
is only home to one art gallery.
However, there are plenty of temporary exhibitions on during the summer
months on the North Pier, the most recent being the George Formby
Centenary Exhibitions, which celebrated the 100th Anniversary
of the film and singing legend’s birth.
But if you’re looking for an all-year-round display of art then
head to the Grundy Art Gallery [map],
situated near the Blackpool Central Library on Queen Street . Recognised
as one of the best small galleries in the country, this building was
purpose-built in 1911 to provide a place of peace and tranquillity
amidst the hustle and bustle of Blackpool.
The gallery houses a large collection of oils and watercolours, modern
British paintings, prints, and Oriental ivories, which was started
by the brothers, Cuthbert and John Grundy. During their lifetime,
the brothers collected many paintings and in 1903 they requested that
the paintings should be given to the people of Blackpool.
Since then the collection has grown considerable with ceramics and
old photographs of the town, among the many delights you’ll
find in the gallery now. There are also plenty of special exhibitions
by both local and national artists throughout the year.
If you head down to the South Promenade, you’ll find another
permanent display of contemporary art in the form of the Great
Promenade Show [map].
This is an outdoor exhibition of sculptures, constructions
and lighting by some of the UK's leading artists and designers. It
is certainly the place to go to be inspired, particularly after dark
when the features are lit up and take on new dimensions.
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