Modern History, Vol. 1 Open at Grundy Art Gallery until 13 June

Preview 24th April. Exhibition continues 25 April - 13 June 2015

Modern History, Vol. 1 is a group exhibition featuring new commissions and existing works by leading national and international contemporary artists based in the North West.

Artists featured are:

  • David Alker
  • Pavel Büchler
  • Clara Casian
  • Alan Dunn
  • The Exhibition Centre for the Life & Use of Books (Robert Carter, Daniel Fogarty, and Lauren Velvick)
  • Mishka Henner
  • David Jacques
  • Tabitha Jussa
  • Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer
  • Joe Fletcher Orr
  • David Osbaldeston
  • Susan Walsh
  • Gary Wiggins
  • Jen Wu

Guest curated by internationally respected curator Lynda Morris, this is the first time that many of these artists have been presented together.

The exhibition offers alternative perspectives on cultural, social, and political change, from different generations of artists who reflect on local and global issues, post 1969 to present day. Exploring subjects as diverse as cinema, global communications and surveillance, warfare, football and leisure, and histories of counter-cultural production, works are presented in a range of media including drawing, film, painting, photography, sculpture, and sound art.

Modern History, Vol. 1 is the first of three exhibitions, which promote the talent of contemporary artists living and working in the North West. The exhibitions will be accompanied by a programme of artist / curator talks and screening events.

Initiated by Contemporary Visual Arts Network, North West (CVAN NW), the Modern History exhibition series forms part of a wider programme of activity focused on supporting artists and developing audiences for contemporary visual art in the North West and beyond.

The exhibition series will continue with Modern History Vol. 2: 18 August – 8 November 2015, The Atkinson, Southport  and Modern History Vol. 3: 19 September – 21 November 2015, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre. Follow on Twitter: @ModernHistory_

Funded by Arts Council England with support from Lancashire County Council, University of Salford, Manchester School of Art and CVAN NW network members.