Emma Hart and Jonathan Baldock: Love Life, Act 2

17 June – 12 August 2017

In Baldock and Hart’s most ambitious collaboration to date, the artists have radically re-imagined the traditional seaside show of Punch and Judy. Through ceramic sculptures, videos and installations the artists transform the living quarters of the puppets into an oversized, warped and darkly humorous place.

In the re-imagined domestic setting of Mr Punch visitors can expect to see a world that involves a giant infant with Cyclops head in a large pink baby walker, an oven stacked with anthropomorphic pots and pans and a washing machine spewing out its contents.

In Blackpool, Hart and Baldock have commissioned Blackpool Council’s Illuminations Department to create a giant new illuminated sculpture and the exhibition will also feature a new film commission.

Running alongside the the exhibition by Hart and Baldock will be a parallel display involving historic Punch and Judy puppets and paintings from Blackpool’s collections and loans to the gallery.

The gallery will be undertaking workshops and programmes for young people in particular, which will explore some of the complex issues explored in the exhibition in a supported and structured way.

Love Life: Act 2 follows Act 1 at PEER in London last year. Act 3 will open at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-sea in October.

Love Life is a collaboration between PEER, Grundy Art Gallery and De La Warr Pavilion supported by Arts Council England through the National Lottery.

In 2016 Emma Hart was awarded the Max Mara Art Prize for Women and her solo exhibition Mamma Mia! will open at the Whitechapel Gallery on 12 July running to 3 September. Jonathan Baldock’s work (in collaboration with Ian J Brown) is currently on show in the Maritime Museum in Hull and his solo exhibition There’s No Place Like Home will open at CGP Gallery, London on Sunday 11 June.


Caption: Emma Hart and Jonathan Baldock, Love Life: Act 1, PEER, 9 November 2016 – 28 January 2017. Photo: FXP Photography


Further information:
  • Opening times Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5.00 pm; closed Sundays and Mondays; Bank Holidays, 11am – 4pm.
  • Location Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool FY1 1PX.
  • This is a free exhibition
  • Further information 01253 478170
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