Visits-The Grundy Art Gallery-Blackpool.

Back in the Summer on an a day trip to Blackpool I visited The Grundy Art Gallery. I had been wanting to visit for a while but never found myself in the area. There were three exhibitions on show when I visited and I will start with Emma Hart and Jonathan Baldocks, LOVE LIFE:ACT II.

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I was firstly met by a nice piece of Martin Creed neon as you walk in. I would like this in my ‘things’ room.

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I have since read up on the artists and the exhibition and it was described as this;

‘Working together, artists Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart have radically re-imagined the traditional seaside show, Punch and Judy.’

https://www.dlwp.com/exhibition/love-life-2/– Accessed 16th November 2017.

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First thoughts were a bit mixed. I could hear lots of goings on in the other room which was coming from a film to watch and then this giant head with a TV eye wrapped in felt was before me. I liked it and it reminded me of these characters-

https://www.youtube.com/user/thisisitcollective – accessed 16th November 2017.

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I have since found out that this giant thumb, which was made by Blackpool Councils illuminations department have a depot called Lightworks where on special open days you can go and visit them all. It is on my calendar for next year.

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Walking around the exhibition I liked the use of felt and just a set amount of the same three or four colours to make the installations and the backgrounds.

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Now I have read more about the exhibition I get that it is a bigger version of the inside of a Punch and Judy house but I honestly didn’t get it at first. I seemed to focus on the bits and pieces on the floor, the various rooms such as the kitchen with its washing machine contents. The eyes that were appearing on blankets and walls and the feet. I think at this point I felt that I just liked it but I was perplexed.

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Lots of things in it reminded me of something else, for example the ironing board reminded me of the opening to a kids programme years ago where the heads moved to a beat, I think it was The Ozone or maybe even Equinox. I cannot think and it is annoying me. Maybe I have watched too much 80’s TV? Maybe they have?

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I liked these plates very much and I would like some for myself.

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The film that was playing mainly showed hum drum things happening that we all do everyday, washing, hoovering and then sleeping.

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I liked the YOUR BACK made out of sausages. My camera lens wasn’t big enough to do the whole thing but I then wondered if they were real sausages and would they go off? Are they pretend? I was overthinking as I had seen a lot. Then half way up the stairs I said ‘Ah, Punch and Judy, crocodile, SAUSAGES!’
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Leaving the exhibition to go upstairs I wasn’t quite sure what I had just seen. I liked it but I didn’t understand but then I did once I had read up about it. As it is a travelling exhibition with the first being at PEER in London, this one at The Grundy and the third at De La Warr Pavilion, I just don’t know if I saw it again I would understand and see more things I may I have missed. Regardless, I did enjoy it and there are some more links about the artists, galleries and exhibition at the end. The third part of the LOVE LIFE is on at The De La Warr Pavilion until January 7th 2018.

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Onto the other exhibitions- Colin Frederick- Punch and Judy paintings.

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I have never seen a real Punch and Judy show and this saddens me. Where I grew up there wasn’t that much of a call for one, it was only if you went to the seaside for the day that you managed to see or hear one on a distant pier.

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IMG_20170808_0004_NEWA collection of puppets from the Grundy collection was on show in the back room.  I liked the crocodile but maybe because I could say ‘Sausages’ twice in one day in a public space.

Upstairs was the photographer Shirley BakersOn the Beach exhibition. I only briefly skim read about Shirley Baker when I was at college and it has only been in these past few years I have looked more at her work and realised how important it is.

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I love old 70’s/80’s seaside pictures. Everybody is having fun, it is simple and busy but everyone has had fish and chips and a good day out and goes home to bed happy.

Here are some postcards I bought in the shop. I do hope that ladies mouth was OK and that she managed to find some lip balm.

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Here are some links to the exhibitions that you can read if you like-

https://www.artrabbit.com/events/emma-hart-and-jonathan-baldock-love-life
http://corridor8.co.uk/article/love-life-act-ii/
http://grundyartgallery.com/programme/past/2017/148/

All websites/links accessed 16th November 2017.

Thankyou to The Grundy for allowing me to take pictures of the exhibitions.

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Visits- Transformation- Peter Farrer-Sudley House.

On a very sunny August day I took a trip out to Sudley House in Liverpool. I really like visiting here and the small orangery at the back by the cafe is very special but you can only peer through the windows. Inside it was mentioned that there was an exhibition called Transformation– One mans cross dressing wardrobe. I immediately went upstairs to see more.

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I was greeted with so much colour and taffeta which I love. I had a taffeta party dress when I was little and I remember swishing about in it at the 1988 school Christmas disco. I loved that dress. Cerise pink skirt with a black velvet top. Even at age 6  I knew ‘THIS’ was my party dress of choice.

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‘Born in Surrey in 1926, Peter Farrer lived in Liverpool for many years. Sadly, he passed away in early 2017 aged 90. Peter began cross-dressing at the age of 14.

Peter’s interest in women’s period costume led him to collect extensively. Over the years he accumulated a huge number of garments, particularly evening dresses made between the 1930s and the 1980s.

Peter was especially interested in dresses made from taffeta, a crisp lightweight fabric that makes a distinctive rustle when the wearer moves. He had a wardrobe of taffeta dresses made that he wore at home, created for him by the Brighton-based dressmaker Sandi Steyning, owner of the Kentucky Woman Clothing Company.

This ground-breaking display features 21 garments from Peter’s historic and modern collection of cross-dressing clothes.’

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/sudley/exhibitions/transformation/– accessed 26th October 2017

 

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I really liked this picture of Peter as he looks so content, plus that is a very nice conservatory plant area.

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And here is the above outfit.

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I like this dress very much. The colour and the form and the way it falls is very exquisite. If it is going spare at any time and somebody is about to take it in for me then I am first dibs.

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I really enjoyed the exhibition and it wasn’t something that I expected to see. I think Peter seems like a nice bloke and he just liked dresses and didn’t cause any fuss. I share his love of taffeta and I wish I could have spoken to him about that green dress.

At the back of Sudley House there are some gardens and the little orangery that I mentioned earlier. As it was the end of summer and things were finishing it was nice to see some late colour and all the plant pots lined up neatly. Also they do a very nice pot of tea.

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You can visit Transformation at Sudley House until March 2018.

The video below details a bit more about the exhibition.

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/sudley/exhibitions/transformation/– accessed 26th October 2017.

There is a good piece below written by Samantha Caslin from the University of Liverpool detailing more about the gender identity of the exhibition.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/history/blog/2017/transformation-exhibition/-accessed 26th October 2017.

All websites/links/videos accessed 26th October 2017.

Visits-Edo Pop -Japanese Prints- Lady Lever Art Gallery.

My mum told me about this exhibiiton as she said ‘You like Japanese things and we can have a cup of tea in the cafe’ I am ready with my coat and shoes on and out of the house.

This was to be my second trip to Lady Lever after the Picasso prints exhibition back in January. I think January was a lot warmer than August to be honest.

A bit about the exhibition;

‘The energy and spirit of 19th century Edo (now Tokyo) is brought to life in this exhibition of 50 woodblock prints, on loan from local collector Frank Milner.

The vibrant and colourful prints were ‘mass produced’ by hand and eagerly sought after by fans of Edo’s popular culture. A single print cost the price of a haircut or two bowls of noodles. These were affordable images bought by a wide variety of people.

Visitors to the exhibition can explore an intriguing world of urban celebrities, actors, sports champions, fashion icons and villains, as depicted by leading printmakers such as Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Kunichika, the last great master of the Kabuki actor print. The prints depict a time of great change and modernisation, when Western influence was starting to be felt alongside traditional Japanese culture.

Today these prints are considered to be outstanding examples of creativity and technical skill, but when they were first made the Japanese government referred to them as ‘trivial Edo things’.

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever/exhibitions/edo-pop/

 

 

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I very much like a nice bust and I liked this ones hair. It looked like those butter curls you only ever get if you happen to be at a wedding and soup is your starter.

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Ferdinando de’Medici-By Giovacchino Fortini (1671-1736)

 

So into the exhibition and I saw this quote first. I am not a big quote person but I agree with Vincent very much here.

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Everything was so intricate and beautiful. You can get right up close to the prints and see so much detail and colour. There is so much to see in one print. I realised I was starting to block all of the pictures from everyone’s view so I moved on but still keeping an eye out in case.

This was very sad but I liked the writing and the green printed borders.

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I liked this print as Newton-Le-Willows is near me. I have vowed for my 40th birthday that I will go to Japan. I have 5 years to save up and also make a note to visit this train in the museum. Don’t let me forget. The colours are so vivid and so much detail, tiny people on the shore, lots going on all around the train, smoke from the factory. It is marvellous.

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I liked the title of this as being ‘Young woman upset’ I would be judging by that blokes sneaky arm in my rickshaw. That is a lovely dress though and the detail on the green mixed with the black and white pattern of the rickshaws detail and the background.

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I think this was my favourite print because of his excellent eyebrows, lovely hair and even though he doesn’t feature in any records, he has been painted and remembered and this is all that matters.

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A lovely silk apron with gold fringing. Very big feet and a good strong stance here.

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I like the whole ‘Englishness’ of this and I secretly hoped the few bits of English that were spoken in the play where from Oliver Twist like ‘tuppence’ Guv’nor’ and ‘Bullseye’. I would have liked to have seen this play and caught one of the ‘nonchalant’ things thrown into the crowd.

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Excellent sculpture here with a snake.

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Edo Pop is on at The Lady Lever until the 24th September so you have about two and a half weeks to see.

Here is a video of Frank Milner whose collection it is talking about the exhibition.

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever/exhibitions/edo-pop/

All websites and links accessed 7th September 2017.

Visits- Lancaster City Museum.

Continuing on my tour of every museum in the world, an idea born in Hull, I paid a visit to Lancaster City Museum. Right in the centre in a very pleasing building I went in with my expectancy of greatness. I spotted models and in my eyes from then on it could do no wrong.

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I liked this exhibition very much and also that the inflatable fire looked like the beginning of Equinox. Look HERE and you will see nice. Boomtown – From Front Line to White Lund marks the centenary of devastating explosions at White Lund National Filling Factory 1-3 October 1917.

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The exhibition is free and runs until the 12th November and entrance to the museum is also free.

Things to see – All of the lovely models showing you things, a very special ceiling, the model Christmas railway and the stained glass collection. 10/10.

Visits-Tatton Flower Show-Part 5-The End.

Weariness had set in and my eyes and nose were streaming but onward I went to find more things to see. I liked the Manchester School of Art greenhouses, the schools gardens and the bus stops very much. I saw a man walk past with a giant butterfly attached to his leg that had escaped from the butterfly house. I made movements with my arms to tell the surrounding crowd about this but nobody saw and the man went into the toilets. I will always remember this moment. I bought a chocolate waffle with cream on top and felt refreshed and sugared up but by this time it was nearly half 5 and I had seen everything twice and my plasters had run out. I had a lovely day and if you get the chance then do go and waft around all day saying ‘ooh’ and ask questions about why Venus fly traps don’t like ham. You can buy tickets for next year HERE.

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All websites and links accessed 17th August 2017.

Visits-Tatton Flower Show- Part 4- Dreams Arranged Neatly.

Round the back and up past the big tent, I came across the special mystery portal world where dreams can soar or be shattered like a mouldy pumpkin. The long tables full of hope that have taken months and years of work all put out on their own to be judged and seen.

There is something very beautiful about fruits and vegetables arranged neatly. The dynamic of the carrots against the peas, the marrows set against the peppers. Some had gold medals some were highly commended. I never judged any of the fruits or vegetables as I loved them all the same. I liked the big onions very much and the very neat berry selection, the ruffled cabbages and extra long carrots. This is why I will never make the grade to be a judge of fruits and vegetables arranged neatly.

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All websites and links accessed 16th August 2017.

Visits- Flags – Andrew Lee – Tatton Show.

As I am embarking on showing you everything I saw at the Tatton show and I know how much you are liking it, I have picked out some bits that I really liked, on top of all the other things that I really liked. I really liked these flags, by Andrew Lee.

They appeared as if by magic through the crowd and they moved and changed colour with the wind. I spent ages looking at them and seeing how they went from blue to pink to yellow and back again. I have decided that I would like my whole garden to be just these and nothing else. The iridescence of them had me fascinated and the way they moved and changed. If you get to see them anywhere have a small rest and just watch them.

You can see more of Andrews work here- www.wonderfulnature.net

and the flags here- www.wonderfulnature.net/flag%20field.html

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A nice interlude before my 7th cup of tea stop.

All links and websites accessed  15th August 2017.