This is the first solo exhibition in Scotland of Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry, who brings his celebrated tapestries to Edinburgh.
An expanded Crafts Council touring exhibition, the show includes two tapestries acquired with Art Fund support, and presents the complete set created by Grayson Perry for A House for Essex. It explores the making of the house, which was designed by Perry with FAT Architecture as a secular chapel dedicated to Julie Cope, a fictional every-woman.
The story of Julie Cope is told through the four large-scale tapestries and an audio ballad spoken by Perry, which narrate key events in the protagonist’s journey from her birth during the Canvey Island floods of 1953, to her sudden death in a tragic accident.
The exhibition juxtaposes large-scale tapestry and its associations of status, wealth and heritage with current concerns of class, taste, and social aspiration.
Using innovative digital processes of craft making, the imposing Julie Cope tapestries were machine-woven in collaboration with two international production studios. The exhibition offers the opportunity to explore both hand-woven and machine-woven tapestries as well as the different crafts, skills, and techniques used to produce these extraordinary works of art.