This is the artist's first major solo exhibition in a public gallery.
Filmmaker and photographer Rob Crosse is interested in documenting the private behaviour that takes place in social groups made up predominantly of men. His focus is largely within amateur societies – slot car racing clubs or railway signalling groups, for example.
Crosse spends long periods of time with the men who will eventually become the subjects of his work. The highly in-depth and personal nature of his research enriches his work with a unique intimacy, and allows him to capture unexpected moments or exchanges he may never have otherwise seen.
Crosse’s most recent film, Prime Time, makes its public debut at the exhibition. In an attempt to question what it means to be 'in the prime of one's life', the film tells the story of a group of older gay men as they set off on an organised cruise. Revealing how these men are able to enrich their lives through communal activity, the piece challenges the assumed desirability of youth and the societal exclusion of older people.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, the exhibition is part of the gallery's celebration of the LGBTQ community who live in, work and visit the resort of
Crosse has selected works from the Grundy’s collection for a display in an adjoining room. Featuring items related to themes from his films, it is intended to act as a prelude to his work.