Contemporary art explained in five-week course

If you have ever wondered what contemporary art is all about a popular informal learning course could be for you.

Blackpool’s Grundy Art Gallery will deliver its fifth annual Art Course for Adults on five Tuesday afternoons from March 6 in sessions aimed at demystifying the art world and helping people discover art work through a new perspective. Participants do not need to have any creative skills or an understanding of art to take part and all opinions are welcome.

The course begins with an interactive introduction to contemporary art, followed bytalks by contemporary artists Kai-Oi Jay Yung and Sophia Crilly who will both be talking about their art practice, career and other projects.

Leo Fitzmaurice (Northern Art Prize Winner 2012) and Paul Rooney will provide an in depth tour of their forthcoming exhibition at the Grundy (which opens on the March 17).

The course finishes with a coach trip to IKON gallery in Birmingham to see two exhibitions by contemporary artists Sarah Browne and Hamish Fulton.  

Kerry Hunt, Grundy’s education officer says, “This course is a great opportunity to ask artists questions about what they do and really get to the bottom of what art is and what it is for.

“Many people are transformed through this short course from holding a strong dislike of contemporary art to now travelling the country in search of the next contemporary art exhibition.”

The course costs £15 which includes all workshops, talks and the trip. If you would like to register your interest and/or receive more information about the Art Course, contact: Kerry Hunt, Education Officer on (01253) 478170 or 

Art Course is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.