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Accessorising Grayson Perry

We asked eleven Bristol young people aged 11-25 working with Creative Youth Network to design an accessory for Grayson Perry.

From the fantastic designs created by the 11- 25 year olds, Grayson chose a brooch designed by Gina (13) to wear at An evening with Grayson Perry a talk he gave at St George’s Bristol on 24th October.

The group working with Creative Youth Network visited his current exhibition here at Arnolfini, The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!, to get inspiration and ideas which they then took back to The Station to create an accessory for Grayson Perry to wear.

They explored issues around gender, equality, Brexit and body shaming which are all reflected in the artist’s work. This was the first time the group had made a brooch so aside from the research they then spent time learning how to design, collage and work with textures to produce their unique creations under the guidance of their tutor.

The pieces the young people have made were shown to Grayson Perry who chose Gina’s design. The remaining brooches will be displayed in Arnolfini Reading Room from 21 November - 24 December.


 Final designs. Winning design by Gina (left).

This project has given the young people the opportunity for their work to be displayed on a professional platform as well as to learn new skills and gain confidence in themselves as young artists to build upon for the future. Creative Youth Network and Arnolfini are working in partnership on such opportunities to make the arts more accessible for young people and to diversify the sector.


Grayson Perry said:

“It's so important to get young people involved in the arts as often they can go under the radar. Art is a way of expressing yourself and dealing with things indirectly and can be used as a form of therapy. Basically my job is therapy!”


Aswell as the brooches, the group had designed and made a pair of 'austerity' bloomers adorned with Brexit imagery and what they see as their future which he was delighted to wear on the night.



Creative Youth Network provide a wide range of programmes and activities for young people. Find out about their creative courses here.


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