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Oct 31

Spooky goings on and Haunted House at Grundy Art Gallery

A Blackpool art gallery is set to become haunted by a spooky new exhibition.

Grundy Art Gallery will be transformed into a creaky and haunted stately home, for a new display previewing on the night of Hallowe’en.

The preview will take place between 6-8pm on 31 October and is open for everybody to come and see the new exhibit.

The Grundy, itself rumoured to be haunted, will also host a collection of paintings, artefacts and sculpture drawing on the vast heritage of gothic ghost stories.

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Haunted House Exhibition

The Haunted House exhibit will then run between 1 November and 17 January 2015, and will also host regular readings of classic ghost stories over the Christmas period.

The spine tingling exhibition will include contemporary artwork from some of Britain’s best artists, including Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz and world famous David Hockney.

Other artists in the exhibition include Graham Gussin, Susan Hiller and Aura Satz who have all made work exploring the supernatural, and these newer works will sit alongside paintings and objects from the Grundy’s permanent collection.

All of the paintings will suggest an aura of unseen forces around the building, akin to the ghostly presence within the gallery.

Cllr Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for culture and heritage, is inviting families to come and enjoy the new exhibition.

She said: “The Grundy is well known for being daring and trying to bring different exhibitions to the town.

“This new display ties in perfectly with Hallowe’en, dark nights and ghost stories and is a great way to keep the whole family entertained.

“It promises to be spooky and a bit scary but fun at the same time – and will be a new show to Blackpool that everybody can enjoy.

“The Grundy is free to enter but we do ask people who come and enjoy the displays that we put on to donate to the upkeep of the gallery, so that we can keep providing these exhibitions in the future.”

The exhibition is supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

The gallery is free to enter and is open Monday – Saturday from 10am until 5pm. It is also open over bank holidays in Easter and May between 11am and 4pm.

For more information visit www.grundyartgallery.com