Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool


BNC23 Grundy Art Gallery Installation Image. Photo by Brendan McGregor

The Grundy Art Gallery is a beacon for contemporary art in the North West with a growing national and international profile.

30 September 2023 - 16 December 2023

Since 1949, New Contemporaries has presented an annual survey exhibition of emerging and early career artists from UK art schools and alternative peer-to-peer learning programmes. This year’s exhibition includes 55 artists selected through an open call by internationally renowned artists Helen Cammock, Sunil Gupta, and Heather Phillipson.

This is the first time the New Contemporaries exhibition has travelled to Blackpool, and this year’s show presents a diverse range of practices including painting, sculpture, moving image, drawing, performance and sound. The works are presented thematically across Grundy’s spaces and reflect some of the concerns and interests of this generation of emerging artists. These themes include: World Building and Remembered or Imaginary Spaces; Care, Kinship and Interconnectedness; Choreography and Collectivity; and Environmentalism, Geographies and Borders.

For more info on the artists visit the NC23 Online Platform

The 55 artists featured in the exhibition are: Savanna Achampong, Bunmi Agusto, Ahaad Alamoudi, Adama Dercilia Bari, Alexandra Beteeva, Cai Arfon Bellis, Matthew Burdis, Thomas Cameron, Yingming Chen, Helen Clarke, Sarah Cleary, Alannah Cyan, Nina Davies, James Dearlove, Harriet Gillett, Haneen Hadiy, Joseph Ijoyemi, Jennifer Jones, Bessie Kirkham, Noa Klagsbald, Iga Koncka, Emily Kraus, Margaret (Weiyi) Liang, Harry Luxton, Ranny Macdonald, Jil Mandeng, Anne McCloy, Phyllis McGowan, SAM (Ayrton Mendes), Zayd Menk, Efrat Merin, Rhys Morgan, Joe Moss, Lili Murphy-Johnson, Elena Njoabuzia Onwochei-Garcia, Abi Palmer, Emerson Pullman, Harmeet Rahal, Daniel Rey, Alicja Rogalska, Luke Anthony Rooney, Jeremy Scott, Holly Sezer, Emma Sheehy, Charan Singh, Jame St Findlay, Korallia Stergides, Samuel Thompson-Plant, Jiayi Wang, Sidney Westenskow, Georg Wilson, Joshua Woolford, Hester Yang, Osman Yousefzada, and Samuel Zhang.

The Grundy offers a year round programme of contemporary visual art exhibitions and events and an award-winning learning and engagement programme. The gallery, which is housed in a Grade II listed Carnegie building, is also an Accredited Museum. It was opened in 1911 following a bequest by brothers John and Cuthbert Grundy who also gifted a number of artworks to provide the foundation of The Grundy’s collection. Today the collection includes over 2000 items including works by established artists such as Chila Kumari Singh Burman MBE, Tony Heaton OBE, Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Laura Ford, Gilbert and George, Brian Griffiths, Augustus John, Haroon Mirza and Eric Ravilious alongside works by regionally based emerging talent such as Joe Fletcher Orr and Louise Giovanelli. Grundy Art Gallery is operated and supported by Blackpool Council and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

The exhibition will travel from The Grundy to Camden Arts Centre, London from 19 Jan - 31 March 2024.

Events Programme

Tues 24 October, 10.30am–12pm

LIGHT-THEMED WORKSHOP inspired by Grundy at Lightpool.

Suitable for ages 10+

Wed 25 October, 10.30am–12pm

ABSTRACT DRAWING WORKSHOP with New Contemporaries artist, Emily Kraus

Suitable for ages 4+

Sat 9 December, 2–3.30pm – BSL Available

ARTISTS TALK AND TOUR with New Contemporaries artists, Jill Mandeng and Joshua Woolford.

Please see Grundy's website for booking details all on all events


Grundy Art Gallery

Queen Street