The first solo exhibition in Scotland of Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry brings his celebrated tapestries to Edinburgh.
The exhibition will showcase the complete set of tapestries designed by Grayson Perry (b1960) for A House for Essex. It will explore the creation 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 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 will juxtapose 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 will offer 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.