Grundy Art Gallery

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Grundy Art Gallery
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Grundy Art Gallery with signpost
Grundy Art Gallery is located in Blackpool
Grundy Art Gallery
Grundy Art Gallery within Blackpool
Established26 October 1911
LocationQueen Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Coordinates53°49′13″N 3°03′09″W / 53.8204°N 3.0525°W / 53.8204; -3.0525
TypeArt museum
CuratorPaulette Terry Brien
Public transit accessBlackpool North railway station
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameCentral Library and Grundy Art Gallery
Designated20 October 1983
Reference no.1072014

The Grundy is an art gallery located in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Its eclectic programme consists of regional historic to recent contemporary art exhibitions. Opened in 1911, it is owned and operated by Blackpool Council.

It is a Grade II listed Edwardian building.[1] Together with the adjoining Central library it was listed on 20 October 1983.[2]


Blackpool Council commissioned the building of the Grundy Art Gallery in 1908 following a bequest of 33 artworks and a financial gift from brothers John and Cuthbert Grundy, both of whom were local artists. Cuthbert was described at the time as "A leader of the artistic, literary and scientific life of the town."[3] Designed by Cullen, Lockhead and Brown, the gallery has coupled Ionic columns supporting a stone pediment bearing a carved Blackpool Borough crest.[2] Together with Central library the gallery opened on 26 October 1911.[4]

In 1912, a purchase fund for new artworks was set up to build upon the 33 artworks. By the late 1930s, the collection and general ambition of the gallery had outgrown the original building, and so an extension of two extra galleries was built. It opened in 1938.[4]

The Grundy now contains nearly 2,000 objects.[5]


The Grundy is accessible by steps and there is wheelchair access to the ground floor galleries. The Grundy shop specialises in artist-made jewellery.


The Grundy organises a programme of contemporary visual art exhibitions featuring the work of established and emerging artists from the UK and abroad, as well as historically important artwork loaned from major UK institutions and objects from its own permanent collection.

On 25 November 2008, American singer Mary Wilson appeared at the Grundy to launch her collection of the gowns worn by Motown female singing group The Supremes[6]The Story of The Supremes from the Mary Wilson Collection.[7][8]

Permanent collection[edit]

Grundy's collection, which is displayed as part of the temporary exhibitions programme and is not on permanent display, includes Victorian oils and watercolours, modern British paintings, contemporary prints, jewellery and video, oriental ivories, ceramics, as well as photographs and souvenirs of Blackpool.

Works in the collection include Aircraftsman Shaw by Welsh painter Augustus John, Sanctuary Wood by English landscape painter Paul Nash, The Yellow Funnel by English painter Eric Ravilious, The Waterway by English painter Lucy Kemp-Welch and Woods and Forests by English landscape painter John Linnell.[9]

Other artists whose work is represented include: Craigie Aitchison, Richard Ansdell, Thomas Sidney Cooper, Martin Creed, Thomas Creswick, Stanhope Forbes, Laura Ford, Gilbert and George, Herbert von Herkomer, John Frederick Herring, Sr., Edward Atkinson Hornel, Harold Knight, Laura Knight, Henry Herbert La Thangue, Peter Liversidge, David Roberts, Lindsay Seers, William Shayer, Julian Trevelyan, Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven and Benjamin Williams Leader.[9]

Grundy art in popular culture[edit]

In 1998 Harold Knight's painting, A Girl Writing at a Desk was used as the image on the front cover of the Virginia Woolf books A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas, published by Oxford University Press.[10]


  1. ^ "Grundy Art Gallery". The Art Fund. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Listed Buildings in Blackpool". Blackpool Civic Trust. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  3. ^ "History of Grundy Art Gallery". Blackpool Council. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Grundy Art Gallery". Culture24. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Bequests and Donations". Blackpool Council. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Music icon set for Blackpool appearance". Blackpool Gazette. 24 November 2008. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Pop diva unveils Blackpool exhibition". Blackpool Gazette. 26 November 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  8. ^ "Supreme show from Mary". 25 November 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2009.[dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool". Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  10. ^ Woolf, Virginia (7 May 1998). Shiach, Morag (ed.). A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-283484-3.

Further reading[edit]

  • Millar, Delia (11 December 2001). The Victorian Watercolours and Drawings in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen (The drawings and watercolours in the royal collection). Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd. p. 382. ISBN 0-85667-436-2.

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