Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Image Credit: Grayson Perry, Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close, 2012. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London and British Council. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery.

Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath BA2 4AT

01225 477233

Saturday 09 January 2016 – Sunday 10 April 2016
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sunday 13.30-17.00, closed Mondays and Bank Holidays
Admission Fee: 4 Free for local Discovery Card holders

A series of six very large tapestries made in 2012 for the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, in which Perry explores the notion of British taste.

The Vanity of Small Differences tells the story of class mobility and the influence that social class has on our aesthetic taste.

Inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, the six tapestries, measuring 2m x 4m each, chart the “class journey” made by young Tim Rakewell. They include many of the characters, incidents and objects encountered by Perry on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds for the television series.

First aired on Channel 4 in June 2012, the series follows Perry as he embarks “on a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain”, to gather inspiration for his artwork. Perry literally weaves the characters he meets into a narrative, with incredible attention to the minutiae of contemporary taste every bit as acute as that in Hogarth’s 18th-century paintings.

The work was gifted to the Arts Council Collection and the British Council by the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London, supported by Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund, Sfumato Foundation, and AlixPartners.

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