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…
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