Blackpool’s Grundy Art Gallery latest exhibition explores the themes of childhood identity, imagination and play which invites everyone to join in.
Brigitte Jurack: Pink Parachute centres around a giant pink parachute hanging above a trompe-l’œil floor ready for visitors to reassemble into patterns.
Jurack’s miniature clay sculptures of children, two zebra-deers and boy-sized ceramic army helmets decorated in patterns associated with delftware pottery, punctuate the space.
Brigitte Jurack has shown her work all over the UK and internationally, with recent artist residences at Museum of Modern Art Ireland and the British School in Athens.
Throughout the exhibition Jurack will deliver workshops in sculpture and form for schools and colleges with work created in these sessions added to the exhibition. Twelve primary, secondary and special schools from the across the Fylde coast will take part and benefit from working directly with an exhibiting artist.
Brigitte Jurack: Pink Parachute is part of Take Part Art , the Grundy’s annual exhibition of artwork created by children and young people from across Blackpool and the Fylde coast. Schools and colleges have taken over two rooms of the gallery with colourful displays of drawings, paintings and photography created throughout the year in school.
Take Part Art also celebrates the conclusion of a photographic project, In The Dark, which developed over several months with Mereside primary school and Unity College.
The children’s starting point was a visit to the Grundy’s Mass Photography: Blackpool Through the Camera exhibition, which contained over 100 photographs of the resort from the early 20th Century to today. They went on to learn about Blackpool as a place of fun and leisure through a visit to the Local and Family History Centre at Central Library. They used cameras containing black and white film to capture images of the town and developed them in a travelling dark room. The Grundy is exhibiting these photographs before they are archived in the Local and Family History Centre.
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