Grayson Perry's celebrated series of tapestries, made during the filming of his Channel 4 documentary All in the Best Possible Taste, is touring the UK.
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'.
He 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.'
This major work, gifted to the Arts Council Collection and the British Council by the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London, and its UK tour is supported by Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund, Sfumato Foundation and AlixPartners. After the initial UK tour in 2013-14, the tapestries will be available as a loan to museums and galleries in the UK.