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Grayson Perry - Team Picks

You're not alone in you're excitement to see Grayson Perry: The Most Popluar Art Exhibition Ever! Find out which Grayson Perry works our team are most excited to see...

Kirsten Cree, Development Assistant 

“I’m most interested in seeing Grayson’s tapestries again. I completely marvel at the intricate details in which he manages to thread into such scale. My favourite is Red Carpet, a map like rug detailing some of the ‘buzz phrases’ of our generation against a backdrop of brutalist tower blocks. This (not-to-scale) map of Britain highlights some terminology used to comment on different social circles in society. It’s amusing to see phrases such as ‘The Liberal Elite’, ‘Millennials’ and ‘Nom, Nom’ spread across the country, and a reminder to me that viewing artwork isn’t just an opportunity to look at things from a new perspective, but is enjoyable experience too.”

Grayson Perry, Red Carpet, 2017. Tapestry. 

Gaia Rosenberg Colorni, Impact Manager 

"I’m most looking forward to seeing Battle of Britain as I’m a big fan of Grayson’s tapestry work, and feel this is an absolute show-stopper. It’s so mesmerising in the flesh to see such intricate weaving, combining traditional craft with digital technology. The landscape is gloomy and hopeful at the same time, it’s so poetic and personal to the artist, but also highly relatable."

Grayson Perry, Battle of Britain, 2017. Tapestry.

Mia Lake, Visitor Experience Assistant  

"I’m excited to see Grayson’s Puff Piece, a ceramic glazed pot emblazoned with fictional one-liners from the critics and pompous art collectors that Perry is surrounded by in his work. As with much of his work, it’s a commentary on British society today but it’s also self-deprecating, acknowledging that these are the people who pay his wages and keep his shows afloat. It’s a much talked about and critiqued piece and I’m intrigued to see it in the flesh."

Grayson Perry, Puff Piece, 2016. Glazed ceramic.


Lisa Whiting, Content Manager 

"I’m delighted that we'll be able to see Grayson’s sketchbooks. It’s quite unusual for them to be on display and included in an exhibition. I keep my own from years gone by and regularly flick through to relive my creative journeys so I’m excited to see how his have developed. Sketchbooks are a place to explore ideas, try different techniques, and ultimately make mistakes - something most people want to keep private. Grayson himself places high value on them saying “a sketchbook is a sacred artefact, more so than any of my finished works” so I’m intrigued to know why there are included in this show - although as an artist he certainly isn't afraid to be laid bare! 

Read 'Inside Grayson Perry's sketchbook' 



Chloe Smith, Volunteer 

Having never appreciated Perry's work in the flesh and only ever having admired it from the comfort of my sofa watching his now famed Channel 4 series' the prospect of 'The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever' coming to the Arnolfini, its first time outside of London, is hugely exciting. 
I am particularly intrigued to see one of Perry's many tapestries such as 'Battle of Britain,' 2017; works like this I think have a more tangible quality and their scale makes you appreciative of the technologies and craftsmanship that go hand in hand into making such pieces nowadays. Perry is well known for his social commentary through use of traditional media and it will be interesting to see how his mix of crafted objects will come together, including everything from a skateboard to woodcut prints.
Also how can I not be excited to see one of his custom built bikes in all their garish glory?  


 Grayson Perry, Princess Freedom Bicycle, 2017.

Matt Gilford, Marketing and Communications Officer  

“The title ‘Death of a working hero’, comments directly on the changing parameters of how and where money is earnt. It touches on the rise of digital currencies and the ability to earn money from anywhere in the world as long as you have a laptop; travel bloggers spring to mind. At the top of the tapestry two figures spar, on the left an archaic miner that could be straight out of the Maggie thatcher era mining strikes and on the right a tattooed gym wad. Perhaps another comment on masculinity; although for me it acts as a mirror against society showing the changing nature of ‘work’ and our increased need for possessions. As usual Perry digs into the layers of contemporary culture to show us something of ourselves, here we are shown the reality of digital life, Instagram and neo-liberal policies that endlessly drive us towards commodification.”

 Grayson Perry, Death of a Working Hero, 2016 


Rob Bowman, Director of Programme 

Reclining Artist is an absorbing image. I think that self-portraits are always intriguing and this one is full of detail, dense and layered. The mass of visual information means you’re drawn into identifying familiar symbols, trying to unpick meaning. What is Perry saying about the figure of the artist, about himself? What is familiar to me, and what feels confrontational or alienating? Despite it being an image that plays with convention, it is an arresting image because of subtle subversion, more about uncomfortable knowingness than cosy self-reflection.

Grayson Perry, Reclining Artist, 2017. Woodcut printed on 315gsm Heritage White.


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Tuesday 15 October 2019, 20:00 to 22:00

£12 + BF Book

Asian Arts Agency, in collaboration with Arnolfini present Debashish Bhattacharya Trio.