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Tony Codd – People, Places and Pubs: A retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings by local artist Tony Codd

2:05 pm, Thursday, 27th August 2020 - 3 years ago


Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre – new exhibition

29 August 2020 to 31 January 2021

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, Muriel Barker Gallery

Free exhibition

Painter Tony Codd celebrates his 70th birthday this year with a retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings of people, places and ordinary life. His work captures glimpses of moments in time and elevates everyday situations such as a trip to the pub or a walk in the park.

Tony Codd was born and bred in Grimsby and studied painting at Grimsby School of Art where he was taught by Alf Ludlam and David Tarttelin, Harold Gosney and Joan & Peter Hancocks before further study in Fine Art at Sheffield College of Art and Design. Between 1981 and 1987, he rented a studio in Legsby Avenue which he used as a base for his paintings of People’s Park and the Wheatsheaf pub.

Tony spent much of his career working with adults with a learning disability in Louth. First running a screen printing department at Interskill, a sheltered workshop providing work experience, and preparing people for outside employment; later developing and working on community arts projects in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council Museum Service. Here, he collaborated with various artists in residence, including Grimsby artist Sue Stone, at venues such as Church Farm Museum, Skegness and the Usher Gallery, Lincoln. He also helped to establish the ‘Blackbird Flies Theatre Company’ based at the Riverhead Theatre in Louth where he continued to work as a volunteer after his retirement in 2012.

It is essential to pre-book to attend the galleries at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre by calling the reception on (01472) 323345. The exhibition is free and runs from 29 August 2020 to 31 January 2021. Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am till 4pm.

For more information on the exhibition or the opening event, please contact Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre  on 01472 323345 or email [email protected].

Social distancing measures are in place and a face covering must be worn inside the centre, unless a person is exempt.

For information on the centre’s COVID-19 Secure measures, visit

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