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Grayson Perry Tapestries at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

  • Date: 4 February 2014
  • Area: Midlands
Grayson Perry, The Vanity of Small Differences

Grayson Perry, The Vanity of Small Differences.

As part of their ongoing commitment to showcasing the very best in contemporary art, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery will be the first venue in the Midlands to exhibit ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry.

Perry’s tapestries, which have been gifted to the Arts Council Collection, will be touring to Birmingham from Friday 14 February to Sunday 11 May 2014.

Inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, Perry’s series of six large tapestries tell the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our artistic taste. 

The tapestries chart the ‘class journey’ made by the fictional Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects that Grayson Perry encountered on his own journeys as part of the Channel 4 television series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’.

To bring the tapestries to life, the Arts Council Collection is launching an app for iPad and iPhone with commentary from the artist, art historical references and a guide to the making of the works.

Produced by Aimer Media, this app will give users the chance to see the tapestries up close with a detailed zoom feature and Grayson's own audio guide.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “I’m really pleased that the Midlands will play host to Grayson Perry’s tapestries. They are an interesting reflection on contemporary class and art and I think the app is a great way for people to make the most of their visit. I hope it will also give those who might not be able to see the exhibition in person the chance to get a good look at Perry’s work.”

The digital guide, Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences, is available on the App Store for £1.99.