Art Club

During lockdown, artist and cross-dresser Grayson Perry hosted an Art Club in which he tool a theme and curated work done at home by Joe Public, some celebrities and his wife Phillipa. It was both fascinating and touching and oddly watchable TV. A second series, filmed during the second lockdown has recently aired.

As promised on the show, the best pieces were selected to be exhibited and the Bristol Art Gallery and Museum hosted the same.

The Textiliste and I visited to catch this before it finishes later this year, though given its popularity it may well go on some sort of tour.

It’s difficult to do justice to all the pieces in such as this so if you can visit, I urge you to do so. The museum/gallery has distributed the works through the galleries as well as creating two or three dedicated spaces which follows the format of a Banksy exhibition a few years ago when he hosted Banksy v The Bristol Museum. There’s still one Banksy piece in the entrance which certainly catches the eye.

You visit galleries dedicated to porcelain and fine arts, dinosaurs and extinct animals which, in typical old school museum fashion seem to be slightly randomly selected.

And a room with a variety of pictures and installations.

There was a carpet in the style of a train ticket, pancakes made from clay, a crocheted burger and a series of heads that sort of defy description..

Grayson created some pieces of his own

Overall an intriguing trip. Here are a few more…

My favourite? An alphabet of jokes…

How do you titillate an ocelot? You oscillate its tits a lot… boom boom… this is another, representing U…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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10 Responses to Art Club

  1. What a fun and interesting collection! Something for everyone, eh? I particularly like the willow ware plate and the crocheted hamburger. Wish I could see the exhibit in person, but I’m very glad for your curated photo tour. Thank you! 🙂

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  2. trifflepudling says:

    Really looking forward to going – it’s so easy to not be organised to go if it’s on for a long time.
    Particularly enjoyed the first series on TV before it got a bit more mawkish in subsequent series, but the quality of the work out there is amazing. From the simple dumplings (shown above) and the story behind them to more advanced stuff. The first series was the anchor of my week at that time (Spring 2020). Thanks for the review.

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    • TanGental says:

      Yes we would agree totally. I prefer the fact the first series allowed the celebs time. Forcing them to create in a day compromises what you see. Hope you enjoy it.

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    Bizarre, but completely intriguing. I do love those heads!

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  4. Thanks for the enlightenment Geoff!

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