Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

8 October – 4 December 2016

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Grayson Perry's celebrated series of tapestries, made during the filming of his Channel 4 documentary All in the Best Possible Taste.

The artist's inspiration for the series was Hogarth's A Rake's Progress, the tale of a young man who squanders his inherited fortune and dies in a madhouse. The six tapestries chart the 'class journey' made by young Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds for the television series 'All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry'.

Perry said of the works: 'The tapestries tell the story of class mobility, for I think nothing has as strong an influence on our aesthetic taste as the social class in which we grow up. I am interested in the politics of consumerism and the history of popular design, but for this project I focus on the emotional investment we make in the things we choose to live with, wear, eat, read or drive. Class and taste run deep in our character – we care. This emotional charge is what draws me to a subject.'

The acquisition of this major work, gifted at reduced cost to the Arts Council Collection and the British Council by the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London, and its initial UK tour are supported by the Art Fund.

Watch Jacky Klein explore the tapestries at their display in Bath.

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Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 25 Dec

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