the pARTnership is a project that brings together Grundy Art Gallery, other contemporary arts organisations, artists from The New Langdale, (A Blackpool Council daytime service for adults with a learning disability) and professional contemporary artists into dialogue with each other to make, discuss and exhibit contemporary art.
To date, exhibitions of artworks produced during the project have been exhibited at Grundy Art Gallery and Abingdon Studios in Blackpool and The Manchester Contemporary Art Fair (2021/2022) and The Horsfall in Manchester. Artists have received private and commercial commissions, they have been interviewed for BBC Radio Lancashire, and written about in the online magazine Concrete.
Some of the artists are now represented by Outside In, a national organisation that provides a platform for artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. Some of the artists have also begun to share their own learning with others by delivering workshops and participating in talks.
Upcoming projects include the pARTnership at The Manchester Contemporary art fair,2023 with guest artist Tony Heaton OBE and the participation of pARTnership artist, Candice Swallow in an exhibition at Mura Ma in Marple curated by Jennifer Lauren gallery.
The project is coordinated by artist, Tina Dempsey and Grundy Art Gallery. In 2023 Grundy Art Gallery received an Uplift to its Arts Council England National Portfolio Funding to support the continuation and development of the pARTnership 2023-2026.
To find out more about the project, the artists and artwork please follow the projects own Instagram page at @thepartnership or contact Paulette Brien, Curator at Grundy Art Gallery 01253 478170
Tony Heaton OBE Suite:Stack, 2021 CGi Giclee Print 42cm x 29.7cm
Kylie New Splashes of Joyful Jellybeans, 2022/23 Acrylic on canvas
Guest Artist: Tony Heaton OBE, Susan (Zen Girls), 2019, Bronze, 24cm x 28cm x 28cm
Kirsty Pemberton, ‘Margaret', 2023, 105 x 148cm, acrylic on board
Dawn Ward, ’Tony’s Hot’, 2023, 40 x 40 x 15cm, plaster and acrylic